ADR Systems


Hon. Patrick J. Hitpas, (Ret.)


Hon. Patrick J. Hitpas, (Ret.) is a skilled mediator and arbitrator with extensive experience in the resolution of personal injury, wrongful death, medical malpractice, employment and probate disputes. He is well known for his integrity, impartiality, good-natured temperament and legal ability. Judge Hitpas has presided over more than 250 jury trials. He has also tried hundreds of civil bench trials in a variety of areas.

Types of Cases Resolved

  • Construction
  • Employment
  • Estates
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Personal Injury
  • Probate
  • Real Estate
  • Trusts

ADR Experience and Qualifications

  • 17-year judicial career including Circuit Judge, Fourth Judicial Circuit, Illinois, presiding over civil and criminal trial docket, 1992-2010
  • 20-year legal career including general civil practice with law firms in Belleville and Carlyle, Illinois, 1974-1992; State’s Attorney, Clinton County, Illinois, 1976-1980; Assistant Circuit Attorney, St. Louis, Missouri 1972-1974
  • Mediation Training, Lane and Calkins Masters Series, 2009
  • Mediation Training, National Judicial College, 2006
  • Dispute Resolution Skills, National Judicial College, 2000

Professional Activities and Awards

  • Supreme Court Committee on Jury Instructions in Criminal Cases
  • Supreme Court Planning and Oversight Committee for a Judicial Performance Evaluation Program
  • Faculty Member, New Judges Seminar
  • Topic Editor, Illinois Judicial Bench Book on Civil Law and Procedure
  • Mentor, New Judges Mentoring Program
  • Speaker, Illinois State Bar Association Seminars on Civil Practice
  • Member, Board of Directors, Illinois Judges Association
  • Member, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section Council, ISBA


  • J.D., St. Louis University School of Law
  • B.S., St. Joseph’s College, cum laude


  • Illinois State Bar

I was extremely pleased with a recent mediation at ADR Systems. The mediators constitute a veritable "who's who" of top-notch practitioners and former jurists with a wealth of experience across the legal spectrum.  I strongly recommend ADR Systems for even the most complex and contentious of cases.

Hillard M. Sterling, Esq.Sterling Tech Law | Waveland Law Group, LLC