ADR Systems


Hon. Thomas Ewert, (Ret.)

Hon. Thomas M. Ewert, (Ret.)


Hon. Thomas M. Ewert, (Ret.) was a judge for the Twelfth Circuit of Illinois for 25 years. He has been with ADR Systems since 2001 and is an experienced and efficient mediator and arbitrator.

Types of Cases Resolved

  • Auto Liability
  • Business Dissolution
  • Construction
  • Contract
  • Employment
  • Estates
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Intellectual Property
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Partnership Dispute
  • Personal Injury
  • Probate
  • Product Liability
  • Property Damage
  • Retaliatory Discharge
  • Trade Secrets
  • Trusts
  • Wrongful Termination

ADR Experience and Qualifications

  • Of Counsel,  Spesia & Ayers, 2001-present
  • 22-year judicial career including Presiding Judge of the Civil Division, and Circuit Judge, Twelfth Judicial Circuit, Will County, Illinois
  • Founder, Will County’s Mandatory Arbitration and Court-Annexed Mediation Programs
  • National Judicial College Mediation Training
  • 20-year judicial career including Circuit Judge, Eighteenth Judicial Circuit, DuPage County

Professional Activities and Awards

  • Chairman, Pipeline Commissioners Panel – conducting hearings for condemnation cases for the construction and placements of a pipeline through Northern Illinois; appointed by the Federal Court
  • Member, Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member, Will County Bar Association
  • Member, Illinois Judges Association
  • Member, Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR)
  • Former Member, Joint Committee on Judicial Ethics
  • Former Chairman, Capital Litigation Committee


  • J.D., University of Illinois
  • B.S., Northern Illinois University


  • Illinois State Bar


I was a sitting judge for over 25 years, have practiced law and have been a mediator and arbitrator since 2001. Many attorneys have tried cases in my courtrooms or mediated or arbitrated a case with me.

Additionally, I am of counsel at Spesia & Ayers.

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

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