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

ADR Systems


Hon. Lisa R. Curcio, (Ret.)

Hon. Lisa R. Curcio, (Ret.)

IllinoisNeutral Availability

Judge Curcio is a senior mediator and arbitrator with almost 30 years of legal and judicial experience. Her ability to settle cases involving all aspects of construction projects and disputes arising from construction contracts — including claims based on mechanics lien — is augmented by her knowledge of real estate and banking, which she cultivated prior to becoming a practicing attorney. Her expertise in these matters enables her to carefully manage complicated multi-party cases and understand the nuances involved in litigation and alternative dispute resolution. Counsel know Judge Curcio as an energetic, pragmatic neutral whose measured approach helps parties construct suitable solutions to their disputes.

Types of Cases Resolved

  • Condominium Board Dispute
  • Construction
  • Construction Defect
  • Construction Delay
  • Contract
  • Foreclosure
  • Landlord-Tenant
  • Mechanics Lien
  • Personal Injury
  • Property Damage
  • Real Estate
  • Subrogation

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

  • Construction: general contractor denied that subcontractor was entitled to payment for additional labor; general contractor asserted counterclaim for costs of substitute contractor because work was incomplete and for repairs for work not done in a workman-like manner
  • Construction: subcontractor breach of multi-million-dollar glass installation contract and general contractor bond claims
  • Construction: multi-million-dollar owner claims of defective work on luxury high-rise apartment building involving general contractor and design professionals with damages including repair costs, diminution of value and lost income
  • 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: owner of large city commercial building asserted multi-million dollar claim for negligence against prime contractor and subcontractor; prime contractor and subcontractor denied liability and claimed defects arose from design
  • Construction Defect: public entity owner breach of contract claim against general contractor and design professionals for defective design and defective work in installation of geothermal field to provide heating and cooling to building
  • Construction Defect and Mechanics Lien: restaurant build-out included multiple mechanics lien claims and owners’ construction defect counterclaim
  • Construction Delay: subcontractor breach of finish material installation contract in multi-story luxury high-rise resulting in general contractor and owner claims for defective work and project delays
  • Construction Delay: general contractor and subcontractor claims for mechanics lien and breach of contract on commercial building rehab; owner counterclaims for defective work and project delays
  • Contract: breach of contract based upon non-payment for work resulting from numerous change orders; respondents disputed charges and asserted a counterclaim alleging substantial expense due to defective installation of HVAC systems
  • 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 Foreclosure: commercial mortgage foreclosure and breach of contract arising from sale of manufacturing business and real estate
  • Contract and Mechanics Lien: claims for water and sewer main installation at large residential development
  • Contract and Mechanics Lien: multiple claims on city college construction project
  • 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: claims for excavation and concrete extras on multi-million-dollar personal residence
  • Mechanics Lien: union members’ claims for unpaid wages and benefits

Professional Activities and Awards

  • Member, Society of Illinois Construction Attorneys (SOICA)
  • 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, Illinois Supreme Court Committee on Character and Fitness
  • 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, ISBA
  • Author, “An Alternative to Litigation,” Substance, Illinois Mechanical & Specialty Contractors Association
  • Co-Presenter, “Prevailing Party Attorneys’ Fees in Construction Contracts—Good or Bad?,” Society of Illinois Construction Attorneys
  • 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
  • Panelist, “Building Virtual Bridges: Remote Mediation of a Construction Dispute,” Construction Law Section, ISBA
  • 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 (CBA)
  • Presenter, “Contract Drafting & Arbitration,” The Arbitration Institute, CBA
  • Presenter, “The Process of Arbitration,” The Arbitration Institute, CBA
  • Presenter, numerous Continuous Learning Education (CLE) and Women’s Initative Committee programs for ADR Systems on various topics
  • Presenter, “Construction Law Primer for Young Attorneys and General Practitioners,” Construction Law Section, ISBA


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


  • Illinois State Bar


I was a sitting judge for over 13 years, have practiced law and have been a mediator and arbitrator since 2018. Many attorneys have tried cases in my courtrooms or mediated or arbitrated a case with me.

I am a member of the Society of Illinois Construction Attorneys, the Illinois State Bar Association Construction Law Section Council, and the ABA Forum on Construction Law. As a result of my participation in these organizations, I regularly interact with many attorneys who represent clients in construction claims and disputes.

Additionally, I have three family members working at The Curcio Law Offices.

The disclosures listed above will not affect my neutrality in this dispute.

Judge Harmening is an excellent mediator. Even in situations where settlement is not achieved the day of the mediation, Judge Harmening will continue talks with the parties when he can sense that a settlement is still possible, and gets it done. We have successfully settled several cases with Judge Harmening to the satisfaction of all parties. I am looking forward to working with him on many more in the future.

Thomas R. Mulroy III, Esq.Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard