Hon. Lisa R. Curcio, (Ret.) - ADR Systems

ADR Systems



Hon. Lisa R. Curcio, (Ret.)


With more than 15 years on the bench, 11 of which were in the Chancery Division of the Cook County Circuit Court, Judge Curcio brings an abundance of real-world experience to her mediation and arbitration practice. From 2010, she presided over cases involving mechanics liens, construction contracts, and construction defects. As an attorney, she represented parties in medical malpractice, product and premises liability, auto accidents among others. To her legal experience, Judge Curcio adds practical knowledge gained in real estate, business and banking before she became an attorney. Throughout her career, she has been known for her measured and practical approach, careful management of complicated multi-party cases and understanding of the nuances involved in litigation and alternative dispute resolution. Attorneys describe Judge Curcio as an energetic and pragmatic neutral who works to help parties construct suitable solutions to their disputes.

Types of Cases Resolved

  • Auto Liability
  • Condominium Board Dispute
  • Construction
  • Construction Accidents
  • Construction Defect
  • Contract
  • Foreclosure
  • Landlord-Tenant
  • Mechanics Lien
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Personal Injury
  • Property Damage
  • Real Estate
  • Subrogation
  • Uninsured & Underinsured Motorist (UM&UIM)
  • Wrongful Death

ADR Experience and Qualifications

  • Since joining ADR Systems in 2018, Judge Curcio has served as a full-time mediator and arbitrator
  • 15-year judicial career in the Cook County Circuit Court, including Chancery Division Mechanics Lien Section 2010-2018; Mortgage Foreclosure Section 2007-2010; First Municipal District, 2002-2007
  • 13-year legal career including Associate, Joseph R. Curcio, Ltd., 1993-2002; Associate, Garretson and Santora, Ltd., 1989-1993
  • 6-year career in trust administration
  • 6-year career in real estate
  • 40-hour mediation training course, Center for Conflict Resolution

Representative Cases

  • Contract: action to enforce complex settlement agreement between seller and purchaser of multiple floors of downtown vertical condominium conversion
  • Contract: public lien and contract claims on bridge construction
  • Contract: breach of commercial lease
  • Contract and Mechanics Lien: subcontractor and public funds lien claim for work at suburban bus company office building; subcontractor maintained that contract was wrongfully terminated; counterclaim for fraud
  • Contract and Mechanics Lien: multiple claims on city college construction project
  • Contract and Mechanics Lien: claims for water and sewer main installation at large residential development
  • Contract and Mechanics Lien: claims for excavation and concrete extras on multi-million-dollar personal residence
  • Contract and Foreclosure: commercial mortgage foreclosure and breach of contract arising from sale of manufacturing business and real estate
  • Construction and Contract: prime contractor claim on performance bond for breach of contract due to defective work by subcontractor on public project; involved surety bond issues as well
  • Construction, Contract and Mechanics Lien: subcontractor claim for contract balance and extra work on public school project
  • Construction Defect and Mechanics Lien: restaurant build-out included multiple mechanics lien claims and owners’ construction defect counterclaim
  • Mechanics Lien: union members’ claims for unpaid wages and benefits

Professional Activities and Awards

  • Member, Construction Law Section and Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, Illinois State Bar Assocation (ISBA)
  • Member, Forum on Construction Law, American Bar Association (ABA)
  • Former Member, Committee on Character and Fitness, Illinois Supreme Court
  • Leonardo da Vinci Award of Excellence, Order of the Sons of Italy in America

Presentations and Publications

  • Author, “Illinois Mechanics Lien Act, Section 16 as Amended: Substantive Change or Clarification?” Bench & Bar Section, Illinois State Bar Association
  • Panelist, “Views from the Bench,” Forum on Construction Law, ABA
  • Panelist, “Pros and Cons of Arbitration,” Business Litigation Super Conference, DRI The Voice of the Defense Bar
  • Presenter, “Anatomy of a Mechanics Lien Claim,” Construction Law Section, ISBA
  • Presenter, “Effective Resolution of Mechanics Lien Claims,” Real Property Law Committee and Construction Law and Mechanics Lien Subcommittee, Chicago Bar Assocation


  • JD, Loyola University Chicago School of Law
  • BA, Mundelein College


  • Illinois State Bar

Judge Billik did an outstanding job as a mediator in our commercial case. The other parties had the same opinion of him.  He brought great energy, common sense and credibility to the task, and tried hard to understand all sides.

Dan L. Boho, Esq.Partner, Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP