ADR Systems


Hon. Wayne Rhine, (Ret.)


Hon. Wayne Rhine, (Ret.) is a skilled mediator and arbitrator known for his pragmatic approach to settling cases. He has extensive experience in settling construction, contract, personal injury, tort, product liability and landlord-tenant matters. In addition, Judge Rhine has developed a program of on-sight inspections for construction disputes that almost always result in settlements.

Types of Cases Resolved

  • Auto Liability
  • Construction
  • Fee Dispute
  • Landlord-Tenant
  • Personal Injury
  • Product Liability
  • Subrogation

ADR Experience and Qualifications

  • 24-year judicial career with a focus on commercial litigation, torts, subrogation, personal injury, construction matters, contract disputes and landlord-tenant disputes, including extensive litigation involving the Chicago Residential Landlord Tenant Ordinance; Supervising Judge, Non-Jury Tort and Contract section of the First Municipal District, supervised six courtrooms and responsible for more than 82,000 cases, 1998-2006; Motion Judge for Jury Trials, 1997-1998; Traffic Court, 1996-1997; Jury Trials, 1987-1996; Traffic Court, 1984-1986; Forcible Detainers, Traffic Court, 1983-1984
  • 18-year legal career that includes Associate, White, White & Berman, 1965-1973; Associate, Maragos, Richter, Berman, Russell & White, 1973-1981; Village Prosecutor, Village of Calumet Park, 1977-1979; Special Attorney, Department of Insurance; State Board of Elections Attorney; Berman, Fagel, Haber, Maragos & Abrams, 1981-1883;  Member, Glenview Board of Zoning Appeals, 1981-1983

Representative Cases

  • American Society of Lubricating Engineers:  Upheld imposition of sanctions for violation of pre-trial settlement
  • Greenberger vs. Catalfo:  Upheld judgment for attorney fees against mother of litigant
  • Kalensky v. CTA:  Upheld jury’s verdict on the largest jury verdict in the First Municipal District
  • Brentwood Nursing Center v. Viney:  Confirmed the use of additur on jury verdict
  • Debt Purchase, Inc. v. Sharon Banks:  Found 521.43% interest on a payday loan unconscionable

Professional Activities and Awards

  • Author, “Barratry, A Comparative Study of Recent Barratry Statutes”
  • Lecturer for new Judges, Pro se litigants and operation of non-jury tort and contract section on First Municipal District
  • Lecturer, CBA,  Municipal Committee
  • Lecturer, CBA, Civil Practice Committee
  • Lecturer, Young Lawyers Sections of the CBA, First Jury Trial
  • Lecturer, CBA Young Lawyers Federal Bar Training Course
  • Lecturer, Illinois Creditor’s Bar, Creditor’s Rights
  • Lecturer, Illinois Creditor’s Bar, Trusts and Contracts
  • Lecturer, CBA Civil Practice Committee, Non-Jury Torts and Contracts
  • Lecturer, CBA Young Lawyers Committee, Trying Your 1st case
  • Participant, Cable Television Program, Judicial Perspective
  • Speaker, CBA-Successful Practice in the Municipal Department seminar, Practice in the Non-Jury Contract and Non-Personal Injury Tort Section
  • Member, First Municipal District Advisory Committee
  • Legal Advisor, “The People’s Court” Television Program
  • Former Member, Chicago Bar Association, Municipal Committee
  • Member, Jewish Judges Association of Illinois
  • Former Member, American Arbitration Association
  • Former Member, Nu Beta Epsilon Legal Fraternity
  • Chair, New Judges Seminar, Committee on New Legislation
  • Member, Alternate Dispute Resolution Committee


  • LL.B., DePaul University of Law
  • National Judicial College
  • University of Illinois


  • 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