ADR Systems

Neutrals

Hon. William E. Gomolinski, (Ret.)

Illinois

Conducting more than 1,000 settlement conferences while on the bench, Judge Gomolinski earned the respect of attorneys and their clients alike. He was known as a jurist who paid close attention to detail, was fact-oriented and always prepared. Judge Gomolinski served in the busiest section of one of the largest unified court systems in the world. This provided him with a large breadth of experience and a keen understanding of a wide variety of personal injury and commercial issues. Judge Gomolinski is praised as a bright and hardworking neutral who will stay the course to bring parties to resolution. He brings these attributes and more to ADR Systems as a senior mediator and arbitrator.

Types of Cases Resolved

  • Auto Liability
  • Aviation
  • Bad Faith
  • Class Action
  • Condominium Board Dispute
  • Construction
  • Construction Accidents
  • Contract
  • Defamation
  • E-Discovery
  • Errors & Omissions (E&O)
  • Family Business
  • Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA)
  • Fee Dispute
  • Fiduciary Duty
  • Finance
  • Fraud
  • Harassment
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Landlord-Tenant
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Mass Torts
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Non-Compete
  • Nursing Home
  • Partnership Dispute
  • Personal Injury
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Property Damage
  • Real Estate
  • Retaliatory Discharge
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Subrogation
  • Toxic Tort
  • Uninsured & Underinsured Motorist (UM&UIM)
  • Wrongful Death
  • Wrongful Termination

ADR Experience and Qualifications

  • Since joining ADR Systems in 2018, Judge Gomolinski has served as a full-time mediator and arbitrator
  • 11-year judicial career serving in the Law Division Motion Section, Circuit Court of Cook County during his last seven years on the bench
  • 21-year legal career in private practice focusing on personal injury, class actions and commercial/residential transactions
  • 20 years as a licensed real estate broker and stationary engineer with Local 399 of the International Union of Operating Engineers
  • Mediation Certificate, Northwestern University

Representative Cases

  • Auto Liability: resolved hundreds of multi-vehicle auto accidents involving trucks, vans and cars with complicated issues of liability, comparative fault, valuation of damages and underinsured motorists
  • Construction Accidents: settled $7.75 million case regarding a 36-year-old ironworker crushed by a 5,000-pound beam during assembly and construction of bridge; ironworker was survived by his pregnant wife and two children; multiple issues included third-party contribution against the employer, waiver of the workers’ compensation lien along with complicated insurance and excess insurance coverage
  • Contract, Insurance Coverage and Legal Malpractice: commercial franchise case with multiple contract breaches, disputes regarding insurance liability and legal malpractice; determination of damages was a key issue; case involved many complex legal issues
  • Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith: third-party excess claim involving insurance coverage and bad faith; issues included exhaustion of primary coverage before excess could apply and whether the policy contained language to cover the loss
  • Legal Malpractice: involved a claim against an estate for the drafting of a faulty trust agreement; multiple estate and trust issues, the running of the statute of limitations and legal malpractice
  • Medical Malpractice: negotiated $2 million settlement in case involving hospital, doctor and nurses for improper follow-up care after catheter replacement surgery that led to bleeding, infection and death
  • Nursing Home: settled hundreds of cases involving residents’ injuries including falls, bed sores and wrongful death; other issues included standard of care for doctors, certified medical technicians, nursing practitioners, nursing assistants, assessments on care plans, implementation, evaluations, charting and defenses of unavoidability
  • Premises Liability: resolved hundreds of personal injury cases with issues including property defects, snow removal, open and obvious, deliberate encounter, willful and wanton conduct and lighting
  • Product Liability: achieved six-figure settlement in multiparty case involving air conditioning manufacturer after electrician was electrocuted suffering severe burns and nerve damage from improperly placed wire; case also involved architectural and engineering malpractice
  • Sexual Abuse: settled case filed against religious organizations and its clergy alleging sexual abuse; assisted parties in creating a global settlement involving repressed memory and special relationships; complicated matter due to one defendant without insurance to cover claims involving willful and wanton conduct, fraudulent concealment and other issues
  • Subrogation: settled complex case that included scope of work claims, subrogation and insurance coverage issues; water supply pipe burst in interior space causing severe water damage to retail establishment

Professional Activities and Awards

  • Civic Service Award, Resolution of the City of Chicago
  • Distinguished Service Award, Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel and the Defense Research Institute
  • President’s Award, Advocate Society
  • Honoree, “Dinner With,” Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago
  • Member, Judicial Exchange representing Cook County Judges in Poland
  • Former Director, Amateur Hockey Association of Illinois

Presentations and Publications

  • Author, “Two Divergent Views of Supreme Court Rule 213,” Illinois Defense Counsel Quarterly
  • Author, “Illinois Supreme Court Rule 216,” Illinois Bar Journal
  • Presenter, “213 Disclosures,” Johnson & Bell, Ltd.
  • Presenter, “Law Division and Motion Practice,” Chicago Bar Association (CBA)
  • Presenter, “Case Management Before Trial,” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin Annual Symposium with the Judges
  • Presenter, “Medical Studies Act and Privileges,” Chicagoland Healthcare Risk Management Society
  • Presenter, “Pre-Trial Conferences,” Young Lawyers Section (YLS) of the CBA
  • Presenter, Judge’s Education Conference
  • Presenter, “Civil Updates and Hot Topics,” Advocates Bar Association
  • Presenter, “Motion Practice,” YLS of the CBA
  • Presenter, “Arbitration in the Law Division,” Chinese Delegation
  • Presenter, “Law Division Motion Practice,” Advocates Bar Association
  • Presenter, “Judge’s Roundtable,” Solo/Small Firm Committee of the CBA
  • Presenter, “Persuasiveness in Court,” CBA
  • Presenter, “Perspective from the Bench,” Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
  • Presenter, “2-619 Motions,” CBA
  • Presenter, “Motion Practice in Cook County Illinois,” Litigation Section of the CBA

Education

  • JD, John Marshall Law School
  • BA, Loyola University of Chicago

Admissions

  • Illinois State Bar

I was very impressed with the quality, ability and professionalism of your retired judges.  ADR Systems and its panel of neutrals got it done.

Michael L. Handley, Esq.Trial Attorney IV, Nationwide Trial Division