Hon. Robert J. Quinn, (Ret.) - ADR Systems

ADR Systems


Hon. Robert J. Quinn, (Ret.)

Hon. Robert J. Quinn, (Ret.)

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Hon. Robert J. Quinn, (Ret.) is a senior mediator and arbitrator at ADR Systems.  During his 22-year judicial career in Cook County’s Law and Chancery Divisions, Judge Quinn developed extensive expertise in settling construction, mechanics lien, insurance coverage and contractual disputes.  Known for his thoughtful and efficient approach to arbitration, he is highly skilled at fast-tracking the process when requested by the parties.  His upbeat personality and positive energy contribute to his popularity as a neutral.

Types of Cases Resolved

  • Construction
  • Construction Defect
  • Contract
  • Fiduciary Duty
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Mechanics Lien
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Property Damage
  • Subrogation

ADR Experience and Qualifications

  • Since joining ADR Systems in 2015, Judge Quinn has served as a full-time mediator, arbitrator and tri-panel chair
  • 22-year judicial career, including Circuit Court of Cook County, Chancery Division Mortgage Foreclosure/Mechanics Lien Section, 1996-2014; First Municipal and Law Division, 1992-1996
  • 13-year legal career including corporate transactional, municipal corporation, contract and personal injury matters, 1979-1992 Associate, Segal, McCambridge, Singer & Mahoney, defense of cases including insurance, toxic tort, medical malpractice and product liability, 1986-1989
  • Corporate Counsel, City of Chicago, defense of cases including personal injury, property damage, premises liability and excessive force, 1983-1986; Legal Investigator, 1979-1983
  • Approved Mediator, Circuit Court of Cook County

Representative Cases

  • Contract:  chaired tri-panel arbitration in a dispute between the owner of a business and condominium association in a build out action with restrictive covenants
  • Construction: tri-panel chair for defect matter involving alleged violation of restrictive covenant that interrupted the business plan; arbitrators worked quickly to streamline discovery and witness testimony, successfully issuing an award within 30-day window pursuant to pre-dispute clause language
  • Mechanics Lien: case involving electrical products supplier and electrical subcontractor; the general contractor, owner and tenant were sued and the project was liened; the electrical contractor went out of business, and case was pre-tried and settled with tenant-owner, electrical product supplier and lender
  • Mechanics Lien: claim filed by masonry contractor; counterclaim filed by owner for damages, including replacement of alleged defective work; case was pre-tried; contractor settled with an agreed dismissal of counterclaim
  • Mechanics Lien: case involving landscaping subcontractor and the remodeling of athletic stadium; plaintiff alleged he was owed $1.3 million for his services; after a pretrial, the court ruled that his lien was invalid and the case settled in mediation for $400,000

Professional Activities and Awards

  • Former Adjunct Professor, John Marshall Law School
  • Member, Illinois Judges Association
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Chicago Bar Association (CBA)
  • Member, Sauganash Community Association
  • Member, Irish Fellowship Association
  • Member, Irish Heritage Club
  • Member, Society of Illinois Construction Attorneys (SOICA)
  • Celtic Person of the Year Award

Presentations and Publications

  • Speaker, Mechanics Lien Seminar, CBA
  • Mock Trial Judge, “From Opening to Closing: A Construction Trial and the Technology to Win Your Case,” Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA)
  • Speaker, “Motion Practice in Cook County Circuit Court Law Division,” Seyfarth Shaw LLP
  • Mock Trial Judge, “The Story of a Mechanics Lien Claim: From Client Meeting to Trial,” ISBA and SOICA
  • Presenter, numerous Continuing Legal Education (CLE) programs for ADR Systems on various topics


  • JD, John Marshall Law School
  • BS, University of Michigan
    • Honors


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

My thanks to ADR Systems and their mediators for all of the successes that we have experienced in mediations.

Louis C. Cairo, Esq.Senior Partner, Goldberg Weisman Cairo