Hon. William J. Haddad, (Ret.) - ADR Systems

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Hon. William J. Hadad, (Ret.)

Hon. William J. Haddad, (Ret.)

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Judge Haddad’s extensive experience as a businessman, judge and neutral make him uniquely qualified to resolve all types of personal injury, medical malpractice and complex, multi-party commercial cases. His legal career spans more than 40 years, with 10 years on the bench. While serving in the Circuit Court of Cook County Law-Jury Division, Judge Haddad presided over major injury matters including quadriplegic, paraplegic, wrongful death, and multi-million-dollar commercial jury trials. His business credentials include managing a profitable national corporation in nine cities and successfully negotiating the sale of that company at 26 times earnings. He served as vice president of a large condominium association where he became involved in many issues, including the settlement of a multi-million-dollar weather-related property damage claim. As a mediator and arbitrator, he is known for his patience and compassion while navigating difficult situations.

Types of Cases Resolved

  • American Disability Act (ADA)
  • Auto Liability
  • Class Action
  • Condominium Board Dispute
  • Construction
  • Construction Accidents
  • Contract
  • Copyright
  • Directors & Officers (D&O)
  • Employment
  • Environmental
  • Errors & Omissions (E&O)
  • Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA)
  • Fee Dispute
  • Fiduciary Duty
  • Harassment
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Intellectual Property
  • Landlord-Tenant
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Non-Compete
  • Nursing Home
  • Partnership Dispute
  • Patent
  • Personal Injury
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Property Damage
  • Real Estate
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Stockholder Derivative Actions
  • Subrogation
  • Tax
  • Toxic Tort
  • Trademark
  • Unfair Competition
  • Uninsured & Underinsured Motorist (UM&UIM)
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Wrongful Death
  • Wrongful Termination

ADR Experience and Qualifications

  • Since joining ADR Systems in 2013, Judge Haddad has served as a full-time mediator, arbitrator and tri-panel chair
  • 10-year judicial career as a Judge in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Law Division and Trial Section, 2003-2013
  • 40-year legal career including 18 years as a civil litigation Partner at Schlack & Associates, 1985-2003
  • Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney, Felony Trial Division, 1974-1981
  • Adjunct Professor, Trial Advocacy, at John Marshall School of Law, 2004-present
  • Director and Founding Board Member, United Bancorp, dba United Trust Bank of Bridgeview, Illinois, 2000-2003
  • President, United States Mutual Association, Inc., a pre-employment service company that works with some of the nation’s largest banks, hotels and retailers, Chicago, 1998-2000
  • Approved Mediator, Circuit Court of Cook County

Representative Cases

  • Business Dissolution and Contract: complicated case involving a closely held company; case mediated and buyout arrangements settled; settlement agreement included an arbitration clause in the event issues in effectuating the agreement occurred; problems arose and the parties went to arbitration; with perseverance, a valuation of the company was mediated and resolved over several months, allowing the original settlement agreement to prevail
  • Construction Accident: plaintiff suffered injury requiring multiple future surgeries; case settled due to rigorous post-mediation follow-up
  • Construction Accident: mediated case involving injuries to construction laborer after fall and loss of consciousness, resulting in brain injury symptoms; settled for $7.5 million
  • Construction Accident: mediated case involving injuries to plaintiff from collapse of utility poll during installation; workers’ compensation lien eventually waived by defendant; settled for $6.2 million
  • Construction Accident: mediated case involving plaintiff that suffered foot injuries from falling lumber; settled for $4.25 million
  • Contract: case involving property owners’ breach of construction contract policy limit claim involving code violations and faulty workmanship
  • Employment: gender discrimination case involving senior vice president of human resources with possible enormous exposure for defendant; parties settled in pre-suit mediation using a structured negotiation process
  • Franchise: multi-million-dollar suit against franchisor for breach of duty of fair trade to franchisees; resolved via a complex transfer of stores, buyouts and cash settlement
  • Franchise: resolved multiple fast food franchisee discrimination claims against franchisor involving multiple locations
  • Insurance Coverage and Property Damage: first-party property damage case; water damage from deteriorated roof; resolved questions of causation and coverage in successful mediation
  • Insurance Coverage: resolved disputes steaming from weather damage on numerous buildings, including actual cash value of damage to multiple building elements with a § 215 ILCS 5/155 issue
  • Partnership Dispute: named partner of law firm expelled from firm by other partners; dispute related to buy-out and additional Wage Act claim for unpaid time; assisted parties in reaching agreement on amount of settlement and structure of pay-out, satisfying needs of both parties and minimizing tax implications
  • Partnership Dispute: dispute between two founders of telecom company; helped parties assess proper method of company valuation and structure buy-out of minority partner
  • Personal Injury: emotionally-charged matter involving disabled plaintiff who suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of an accident
  • Personal Injury: mediated case involving claims of active negligence and numerous brain and spinal injuries that resulted in plaintiff’s eventual death; settled for $4.5 million
  • Product Liability: case involving suit against distributor, manufacturer and overseas joint venturers’ parts suppliers for repair and replacement of multiple automotive products
  • Property Damage: case involving building owners’ claims for structural damage against insurer with pending declaratory action with claim of unreasonable and vexation denial
  • Property Damage: case involving claims filed for flood and mold damage to inventory and structure; fixtures denied as “fortuitous” with Section 155 asserted against insurer
  • Property Damage: resolved insurance claim involving Section 155 after determination of the valuation of loss
  • Shareholder Dispute: case involving derivative shareholder claim under Illinois Business Corporation Act, Section 12.56 (g) relating to a shareholder dispute, deadlock and buyout
  • Subrogation: jointly mediated two separate subrogation claims relating to two separate fires in different states involving the same defendant; alleged spontaneous combustion caused by cooking oil; aided parties in reaching global settlement for both disputes
  • Wrongful Death: teenager struck in the head during an altercation with the defendant that caused brain hemorrhage; case settled for $1 million
  • Wrongful Death: complicated case involving 22 defendants with multiple liability issues; mediated over a three-day period; successfully settled with all parties for $3 million

Professional Activities and Awards

  • Founding President, Suburban Bar Coalition of Cook County
  • Past Chair, Board of Visitors, Northern Illinois University College of Law
  • Past President, West Suburban Bar Association
  • Past Chair, Crime Prevention Awards Committee, Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce
  • Founding President, Arab-American Bar Association of Illinois
  • Past Chair, Legal Affairs, Mayor’s Advisory Council
  • Founding President, United States Mutual Association
  • Former Vice President, Lombard Green Condo Association
  • Former Vice-President, Arab American Business Association
  • Former Member, Supreme Court Capital Litigation Trial Bar Screening Committee
  • Former Member, National District Attorneys Association
  • Former Member, Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Former Board Member, Our Lady of Lebanon Catholic Church
  • Former Member, Governor’s Anti-Terrorism Transition Task Force
  • Vanguard Award, Chicago Bar Association
  • Professional Service Award, Illinois State Bar Association Board of Governors
  • Crime Stoppers Special Recognition Award
  • Leadership Award, Chicago Human Relations Commission
  • Award for Excellence in the Field of Law, St. Ignatius College Prep
  • Leadership Award, Northern Illinois University College of Law
  • Building Bridges Award, Decalogue Society (AABAR)
  • Distinguished Service Award, Cook County Suburban Bar Coalition
  • Life-Time Achievement Award, Arab American Bar Association
  • Distinguished Service Award, Arab American Business Association

Presentations and Publications

  • Author, “Sole Proximate Cause: The ‘Empty Chair’ Defense in Illinois,” Illinois Bar Journal
  • Author, “Authenticating E-Mail Evidence,” Illinois Bar Journal
  • Author, “Damage Photos & Experts,” Illinois Bar Journal
  • Author, “Crawford, The Public-Records Hearsay Exception,” Illinois Bar Journal
  • Author, “Illinois Courts Consider Right to Jury Service,” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
  • Author, “7th Circuit Develops New E-Discovery for Illinois Courts,” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
  • Presenter, “Commercial Property Damage Insurance Claims,” Arab-American Bar Association CLE Program
  • Presenter, “Proximate Cause Issues in Medical Malpractice Cases,” Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA)
  • Presenter, “Judicial Perspective on Settlements & Liens,” ITLA & Southwest Suburban Bar Association
  • Presenter, “Forum on Civil Litigation – Empty Chair Defense,” Northwest Suburban Bar
  • Presenter, “How We Can Improve the Litigation Process in Illinois,” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin Judges Symposium
  • Presenter, “Judicial Forum on Civil Trial Litigation,” National Business Institute
  • Presenter, “Anatomy of a Trial,” Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) Tort Law Section
  • Presenter, “Electronic Evidence,” ISBA Continuing Legal Education Seminar
  • Presenter, “Video Surveillance in Private Sector,” Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police
  • Presenter, “Ethics and Professionalism for Prosecutors,” Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office
  • Presenter, “NIU International Law Program,” Bordeaux School of Law: Agen, France
  • Presenter, “Annual Francis Riley Lecture on Professionalism,” Northern Illinois University College of Law


  • JD, DePaul University College of Law
  • BS/BA, Marquette University
  • Certificates of Advocacy, ITLA College of Advocacy and NITA
  • Diplomat of Trial Advocacy, Court Practice Institute (A. Morrill)


  • Illinois State Bar
  • US Supreme Court
  • US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois


I was a sitting judge for over 11 years, have practiced law and have been a mediator and arbitrator since 2013. 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.

I was very satisfied with ADR Systems' service, and I will be happy to recommend them to colleagues.

Chris Doscotch, Esq.Law Office of Chris Doscotch, LLC