Hugo Chaviano, Esq. - ADR Systems

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Hugo Chaviano, Esq.

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Hugo Chaviano, Esq. has extensive cross-cultural mediation and arbitration skills. He is well known for his ability to negotiate successful settlements in complex disputes and emotionally charged litigation. Mr. Chaviano has many years of experience mediating commercial, employment and personal injury cases at the state and federal level. He has extensive experience mediating cases throughout Latin America. With regard to the latter, Mr. Chaviano has mediated and negotiated the settlement of cases in countries such as Mexico, Panama, Colombia, Argentina, Peru, Brazil, Chile and the Dominican Republic. He has also received numerous awards and has been rated AV Preeminent for 25 years by Lexis Nexis and Martindale Hubbell. Mr. Chaviano is bilingual and bicultural, fluent in both English and Spanish.

Types of Cases Resolved

  • Auto Liability
  • Construction
  • Directors & Officers (D&O)
  • Employment
  • Errors & Omissions (E&O)
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Personal Injury
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Re-Insurance

ADR Experience and Qualifications

  • 35-year legal career focused on commercial, employment and personal injury defense litigation and case resolution; currently Partner at Sanchez, Daniels & Hoffman, LLP
  • Experienced in dealing with board of directors and senior management, resolution of conflict issues, disclosure, compliance with regulatory framework issues and management of outside counsel

Representative Cases

  • Successfully litigated, tried, arbitrated, mediated and negotiated to successful conclusion numerous cases involving product liability, employment, commercial, E&O, premises liability and motor vehicles
  • Successfully represented international reinsurers in a number of matters related to policies issued to financial institutions, stockbrokers, and D&O
  • Successfully handled re-insurance disputes involving foreign owned insured and its foreign based reinsurers
  • Successfully represented domestic entity in forming joint venture with foreign based entity in developing major resort in foreign country
  • Broad experience in risk management and assessment of property and casualty loss

Professional Activities and Awards

  • Secretary General, Executive Council Member and Council member, Inter-American Bar Association
  • Adjunct Professor, Trial Advocacy, Northwestern University School of Law
  • Instructor, National Institute of Trial Advocacy
  • AV Preeminent 25 years Lexis Nexis – Martindale Hubbell
  • Selected 2012, 2013 National Law Journal, Chicago Top Lawyers
  • Selected 2012 Chicago Tribune and Wall Street Journal Chicago Top Rated Lawyers
  • Named 2011 Business Leader of Color by Chicago United, an advocacy organization made up of racially diverse CEO’S and Executive Level Management who increase economic opportunity for all races by promoting multiracial leadership development in corporate governance, the leadership pipeline and business partnerships.
  •  Recipient, National Mercurio Award, the highest award given by the Cuban American Chamber of Commerce to a Cuban who has achieved national prominence in business or profession and has an outstanding record of humanitarian service to the community
  • Editorial Writer, LA RAZA NEWSPAPER, Chicago, Illinois
  • Illinois “Superlawyers”
  • Named one of “100 Most Influential Hispanics in the United States” by Hispanic Business Magazine
  • President, Hispanic National Bar Association
  • Member House of Delegates, American Bar Association; Ambassador to Business Law Section; Commissioner, Council on Race and Ethnic Justice
  • Member, Chicago Bar Association, Board of Managers; Chair, Judicial Evaluation Appellate Review Committee; Chair, Insurance Law Committee
  • President, Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement
  • Member, Leadership Council on Legal Diversity
  • Member, Council on Claims & Litigation Management
  • Board Member, Northwestern University School of Law
  • Leadership Council, Chicago United
  • Latino Education Alliance
  • Metropolitan Family Services
  • Chicago Children’s Museum

Presentations and Publications

  • “Investment in Emerging Markets,” ABA International Law Section Mid-Year Meeting, Miami, Florida
  • “State of Diversity in the Legal Profession,” Council on Claims & Litigation Management Annual Conference, San Diego, California
  • “The Art of Cross Examination,” Defense Research Institute Conference, Miami Beach, Florida
  • “Doing Business in the U.S.,” U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Annual Conference,  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • “Getting Your Way – Effective Negotiating Techniques Every Lawyer Should Know,” American Bar Association Annual Meeting / Young Lawyers Section
  • “Alternative Dispute Resolution – An Introduction” (“Los Medios Alternativos de Resolución de Conflictos”) Universidad Católica Andres Bello – Facultad de Derecho, Caracas, Venezuela
  • “Leading Practices in Global Law Department Design & Service Models: What Companies Are Doing,” Association of Corporate Counsel, Annual Conference
  • “New Ideas in Compliance Strategies.  Educating Non Legal Managers About Their Legal Responsibilities,”  Association of Corporate Counsel, Annual Meeting


  • J.D., Northwestern University School of Law
  • B.A., Rutgers University


  • Illinois State Bar
  • New York State Bar
  • Pennsylvania State Bar

ADR Systems level of service and professionalism is unsurpassed.

Bret BerthelsonClaims Supervisor, Farmers Insurance Group