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Judge Axelrood Writes About the Ease of Virtual Mediation

Judge Axelrood Writes About the Ease of Virtual Mediation

June 3, 2020

Hon. Larry G. Axelrood, (Ret.), senior mediator and arbitrator at ADR Systems, recently wrote an article for the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin titled “Moving to virtual mediation can be easy with the right preparation.” In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, many mediation and arbitration sessions that were due to happen in-person instead moved to […]

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What Your Client Needs to Know Before Mediation

What Your Client Needs to Know Before Mediation

June 1, 2020

For a mediation to be successful, attorneys need to carefully manage their clients’ expectations of the process well before the day of mediation. Mediation is a popular alternative to expensive, drawn-out litigation.  Yet, many people still do not understand how the process works.  A client may wrongly believe that the neutral is there to advocate […]

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ADR Systems to Reopen for Live Sessions Under Health and Safety Guidelines

ADR Systems to Reopen for Live Sessions Under Health and Safety Guidelines

May 27, 2020

While most of our mediations and arbitrations will still be conducted via videoconferencing, ADR Systems will re-open for in-person sessions June 1st, providing our clients with additional choices for dispute resolution through videoconferencing, telephonic or in-person sessions. As we re-open our offices, the health and safety of those attending an in-person session will be our […]

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For One Insurance Carrier, Fifteen Cases Mediated Remotely in Eight Hours through ADR Systems Settlement Program

For One Insurance Carrier, Fifteen Cases Mediated Remotely in Eight Hours through ADR Systems Settlement Program

May 21, 2020

Hon. Larry G. Axelrood, (Ret.), Hon. William E. Gomolinski, (Ret.), Hon. Kay M. Hanlon, (Ret.), Hon. Brian R. McKillip, (Ret.) and Hon. Ronald D. Sutter, (Ret.), senior mediators and arbitrators at ADR Systems, mediated 15 cases in eight hours through ADR Systems’ Personal Injury Settlement Program on April 22 –  all through videoconferencing software. Settlement […]

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Are You Remote Ready?

Are You Remote Ready?

May 19, 2020

Remote dispute resolution is only nominally different from its traditional, in-person counterpart, but attorneys must prepare for a remote session by thinking about things they would never have to if they were coming to our offices.

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CARES Act Allows Early IRA/401(K) Withdrawls without Penalty

CARES Act Allows Early IRA/401(K) Withdrawls without Penalty

May 14, 2020

Multiple news sources[1] have reported that the CARES Act[2] allows individuals to withdraw up to $100,000 from their IRA/401(k)/403(b) accounts without the traditional 10 percent early withdrawal penalty for those under 59 ½ years old.  The new law also gives individuals up to three years to pay any taxes owed on the withdrawal. This provision […]

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Attorneys Praise ADR Systems’ Videoconference Dispute Resolution

Attorneys Praise ADR Systems’ Videoconference Dispute Resolution

May 8, 2020

With the onset of stay-at-home orders and remote work, our senior mediators and arbitrators at ADR Systems have embraced secure videoconferencing technology to serve our clients.  While videoconferencing is not fail-safe — and we have experienced the occasional technical glitch —  overall our clients have been very satisfied with their remote dispute resolution session.   Here’s […]

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Judge Casciato Presented with 2020 Accipter Award By Fenwick Bar Association

Judge Casciato Presented with 2020 Accipter Award By Fenwick Bar Association

May 4, 2020

Hon. Joseph N. Casciato, (Ret.), senior mediator and arbitrator at ADR Systems, has been named the 2020 Accipter Award recipient by the Fenwick Bar Association. The Accipiter Award, presented annually by The Fenwick Bar Association since 1997, honors members of the Fenwick High School community who have distinguished themselves in the legal profession “It is […]

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Producing a Submission for Mediation with Your Neutral in Mind

Producing a Submission for Mediation with Your Neutral in Mind

May 1, 2020

Attorneys should prepare submissions for mediation that are as substantive as the documents they would produce for trial, but with their neutral in mind. In mediation, attorneys advocate for their client before a neutral mediator, whose job is to facilitate negotiation between parties after reviewing submissions. The more a mediator knows about the case from […]

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A Letter to Our Clients

A Letter to Our Clients

April 21, 2020

ADR Systems remains committed to serving you during this difficult time with high-quality remote options for mediation and arbitration. In just a few days in March, we went from primarily providing in-person dispute resolution to providing all dispute resolution services remotely. While we are slowly beginning to return to in-person sessions, our remote options remain […]

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Why Use ADR Systems

Why Use ADR Systems

April 15, 2020

Why do lawyers and their clients keep coming back to ADR Systems? It’s simple: ADR Systems successfully settles cases and resolves disputes. For more than 25 years, ADR Systems has provided mediation, arbitration and other dispute resolution services. Headquartered in Chicago, the company provides both in-person and a variety of remote mediation and arbitration services. […]

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ADR Systems Reinforces Security & Privacy for Videoconferencing Sessions

ADR Systems Reinforces Security & Privacy for Videoconferencing Sessions

April 13, 2020

ADR Systems is committed to ensuring the security and privacy of the remote mediations and arbitrations that we conduct: Parties in a mediation or arbitration via a Zoom videoconference will wait in a waiting room until admitted to the videoconference by its host. While Zoom account holders can forgo this feature, ADR Systems’ videoconferences will […]

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Arbitration Clause Drafting for Construction Cases

Arbitration Clause Drafting for Construction Cases

April 13, 2020

Arbitration is often the required means of dispute resolution in construction contracts.  Parties to the agreement choose arbitration because they want disputes resolved quickly, efficiently, and in a cost-effective manner.  In order to achieve those goals, it is crucial that the contract clause requiring arbitration be well-drafted.  ADR Systems’ Model Clause Language is a place […]

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Judge Casciato Settles $1.2 Million Construction Workplace Case Remotely

Judge Casciato Settles $1.2 Million Construction Workplace Case Remotely

April 2, 2020

Hon. Joseph N. Casciato, (Ret.), senior mediator and arbitrator at ADR Systems, recently settled a $1.2 million personal injury case using remote videoconferencing. The case, in which a construction worker was crushed by a falling wall tile in a downtown office building, was settled last week ahead of a scheduled trial in June. “After one […]

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Judge Burke mediated a settlement in a matter where the parties were extremely far apart, with almost no common ground.  He pushed both sides to rethink their positions, outlined a post-conference approach and made himself available on short notice.  I do not believe anyone else could have settled the matter.  He will be my first choice for future mediations.

Lisa M. Lilly, Esq.Lisa M. Lilly Law
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