Hon. Robert E. Senechalle, Jr., (Ret.) - ADR Systems

ADR Systems


Hon. Robert E. Senechalle, Ret.

Hon. Robert E. Senechalle, Jr., (Ret.)

IllinoisNeutral Availability

Hon. Robert E. Senechalle, Jr., (Ret.) joined ADR Systems well prepared for his role as a neutral. As an attorney and jurist, Judge Senechalle has earned widespread acclaim from his peers for his first-rate intellect and exceptional personality. He served for 18 years in the Circuit Court of Cook County, primarily as a Law Division Trial Judge but also in Chancery. Prior to joining the bench, Judge Senechalle concentrated on commercial litigation and business law in private practice. He has a vast well of experience to draw from as a senior mediator and arbitrator. It gives him a deft touch to get parties to a point where everyone can agree – where cases can settle. Attorneys who have worked with Judge Senechalle praise him for his follow-up when needed to bring a matter to resolution. His skill as a trial judge allows him to conduct efficient arbitrations and, when requested, write reasoned opinions. He is available for a wide variety of cases, from finance, fraud and professional malpractice to various personal injury matters.

Types of Cases Resolved

  • Asbestos/Mesothelioma
  • Auto Liability
  • Construction Accidents
  • Contract
  • Defamation
  • Estates
  • Finance
  • Foreclosure
  • Fraud
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Non-Compete
  • Nursing Home
  • Personal Injury
  • Premises Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Property Damage
  • Real Estate
  • Subrogation
  • Toxic Tort
  • Trusts
  • Wrongful Death

ADR Experience and Qualifications

  • Since joining ADR Systems in 2023, Judge Senechalle has served as a full-time mediator and arbitrator
  • 18-year judicial career serving as Law Division Judge in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Jury Trial, 2017-2023; Chancery Division, hearing mortgage foreclosure and mechanics lien cases, 2011-2017; Fourth Municipal District, 2007-2011; First Municipal District Traffic Division, 2005-2007
  • 32-year legal career in private practice, focusing on commercial litigation and business law, 1973-2005
  • Mediation Certificate, Circuit Court of Cook County

Representative Cases

  • Asbestos: assisted parties on trial with multiple settlement conference sessions, resulting in resolution of case as to all remaining defendants
  • Construction Accident: successful pretrial settlement conference with multiple sessions that resolved an electrician’s claim against a building management company and elevator manufacturer over injuries sustained when an allegedly malfunctioning freight elevator door struck worker
  • Contract: settled several consolidated cases involving claims of negligence that resulted in the loss of semen deposits at a Chicago hospital storage facility due to refrigeration failure; lost deposits were stored there for young men about to undergo cancer treatment expected to adversely affect reproductive abilities
  • Foreclosure: settled at pretrial residential and commercial foreclosure cases, including disputes over attorneys’ fees
  • Legal Malpractice: pretrial conference resulted in settlement of claim entailing alleged failure of attorney to conduct thorough discovery in divorce proceedings; resolution included settlement of the lawyer’s counterclaim for attorneys’ fees
  • Medical Malpractice: decedent suffered cardiac arrest in dental chair and died; eventual plaintiff’s verdict against dentist for failure to properly respond to the arrest; assisted with resolution of all post-trial issues
  • Medical Malpractice: settled a birth injury case against a hospital for $5.5 million
  • Toxic Tort: achieved multi-million-dollar settlement of wrongful death case brought by pilot’s widow involving alleged ingestion of toxic cabin air
  • Wrongful Death: settled police-shooting and police-pursuit cases involving both injury and death
  • Wrongful Death: in pretrial settlement conference, settled for $1.5 million claim against cardiologist for alleged negligent management of decedent’s hypertension medication regimen

Professional Activities and Awards

  • Former Special Assistant Attorney General for Condemnation
  • Former Member, Special Supreme Court Advisory Committee for Justice and Mental Health Planning
  • Former Faculty, State of Illinois, Judicial Education Conference
  • Former Faculty, Association of State’s Attorneys, DUI Training
  • Former Member, Appellate Lawyers Association
  • Member, Illinois Judges Association
  • Member, Bohemian Lawyer Association
  • Former Member, West Suburban Bar Association (WSBA)
  • Former Captain, United States Army Reserves
  • Former Member, Main Street
    Redevelopment Association, Forest Park
  • Represented indigent defendant on appeal for State Appellate Defender
  • Volunteered while a practicing attorney at Oak Park Legal Clinic
  • Amicus Curiae Award from the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association for Briefs before the Illinois Supreme Court

Presentations and Publications

  • Author, Chapters and Instructional Materials, Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts (AOIC)
  • Author, Law Division Judges Bench Book chapters
  • Editor, Cook County Mortgage Foreclosure Bench BookFormer Faculty, “Contract Cases: Advanced Issues,” Judicial Education Conference
  • Panelist, Chicago Law Bulletin’s Annual Symposium with the Judges
  • Panelist, “Evidence,” Chicago Bar Association (CBA)
  • Presenter, “DUI Issues,” CBA
  • Presenter, “New Legislation,” WSBA
  • Topic Editor, AOIC Statewide Bench Book for Mortgage Foreclosure


  • JD, DePaul University College of Law
  • BS, Benedictine University


  • Illinois State Bar
  • US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois


I was a sitting judge for 18 years, have practiced law and have been a mediator and arbitrator since 2023. Many attorneys have tried cases in my courtrooms or mediated or arbitrated a case with me.

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

Excellent set up, neutrals and administration.  Judge Ward is one of the best mediators I have ever worked with in over 80 mediations.

Craig Hoffman, Esq.Ruberry, Stalmack & Garvey, LLC