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Work It Out: Judge Bernthal Draws Inspiration from The Beatles in New Column

Work It Out: Judge Bernthal Draws Inspiration from The Beatles in New Column

February 19, 2018

Hon. David G. Bernthal, (Ret.), senior mediator and arbitrator at ADR Systems, was inspired by the Beatles 1965 hit “We Can Work It Out,” for his monthly column in the News-Gazette. “The Beatles remind us that ‘Life is very short, and there’s no time for fussing and fighting,’” Judge Bernthal said. “We know we’ll have […]

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Judge Egan’s Free CLE to Make Law Practices ‘Battle Ready’

Judge Egan’s Free CLE to Make Law Practices ‘Battle Ready’

February 12, 2018

Hon. Lynn M. Egan, (Ret.) will present “Is Your Law Practice Battle Ready?” as part of her free monthly lunchtime Continuing Legal Education (CLE) seminar series. The presentation will look at applying military lessons to the practice of law. The CLE will focus primarily on applying military-style lessons in leadership, task management and performance to […]

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Judge Panter: Finding the Right Time for Mediation

Judge Panter: Finding the Right Time for Mediation

February 9, 2018

ADR Systems recently spoke with Hon. Michael R. Panter (Ret.) to discuss when to consider mediation in a case and how to pursue mediation through various stages of a case. Is there a right time for mediation? Judge Panter: In any basic trial advocacy course, we’re taught to think about resolution from the moment of […]

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Subrogation Made Simple: Why You Should Mediate Your Next Subrogation Case

Subrogation Made Simple: Why You Should Mediate Your Next Subrogation Case

February 6, 2018

Subrogation cases can get messy. With multiple parties and costly expert witnesses, these cases can become tedious when sent to trial. But through mediation, subrogation can be a streamlined way to resolve these otherwise messy disputes. Subrogation arises when a party is paid by their insurance company for damages, but damages can be disputed. Through […]

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Judge Haddad Settles $7.5 Million Wrongful Death and Negligence Case

Judge Haddad Settles $7.5 Million Wrongful Death and Negligence Case

January 31, 2018

Hon. William J. Haddad, (Ret.), senior mediator and arbitrator at ADR Systems, settled a $7.5 million case involving the death of an electrician who fell off an apartment balcony while installing lighting. The case was featured in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin on December 19th, 2017. The plaintiff filed a lawsuit in May 2015 against […]

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Judge Etchingham to Present NWSBA Seminar on Mediation Submissions

Judge Etchingham to Present NWSBA Seminar on Mediation Submissions

January 19, 2018

Hon. James P. Etchingham, (Ret.), senior mediator and arbitrator at ADR Systems, will be presenting a seminar on mediation submissions at the Northwest Suburban Bar Association’s (NWSBA) Civil Litigation event. “We’ll be discussing what constitutes an outstanding submission, how to craft it and how it can potentially impact the value of a case,” Judge Etchingham […]

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Judge Egan’s Free CLE Offers a Look at ‘Diversity in Action’

Judge Egan’s Free CLE Offers a Look at ‘Diversity in Action’

January 12, 2018

Hon. Lynn M. Egan, (Ret.) will present “Diversity in Action: Batson 2018” as part of her monthly lunchtime Continuing Legal Education (CLE) seminar series. The panel presentation will discuss the recent amendment to the Batson prohibition. “This month’s session will cover the 2018 amendment to the juror qualification statute and how this change is expected […]

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Judge Bernthal Reflects on the People Under the Robes in New Column

Judge Bernthal Reflects on the People Under the Robes in New Column

January 11, 2018

In his latest News-Gazette column, “Beneath the robes are real people,” Hon. David G. Bernthal, (Ret.) expresses the importance of seeing jurists as people. “Beneath the robes are real people who care about other people,” he said. A story about John Roberts, chief justice of the United States, served as inspiration for the column. As […]

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Judge Orbach Discusses the Changing Landscape of ADR

Judge Orbach Discusses the Changing Landscape of ADR

December 20, 2017

ADR Systems recently spoke with Hon. Jerome M. Orbach, (Ret.) to discuss changes in the field of alternative dispute resolution (ADR), the role of technology and what the future may hold for the practice of ADR. What changes have you noticed in alternative dispute resolution in the last five years? Judge Orbach: For so long, […]

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Judge Bernthal Sheds Light on the First Amendment in New Column

Judge Bernthal Sheds Light on the First Amendment in New Column

December 14, 2017

Hon. David G. Bernthal, (Ret.), a senior mediator and arbitrator at ADR Systems, provided insight into the First Amendment’s protection of speech in his latest column titled, “Government Action and the First Amendment.” Judge Bernthal had noticed that many people misunderstood what constituted protected speech in relation to the recent National Football League (NFL) protests […]

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Judge McNamara was instrumental in settling a very difficult and contentious case. Although I disagreed with certain (not all) of Judge McNamara’s legal positions, she expressed her opinions in a way that got my clients to focus on other things besides their dissatisfaction. There was nothing but bad blood between the parties, and Judge McNamara appealed to the better nature of both sides to resolve their differences. These intangibles, plus her experience, social skills, and ability to translate the process to the parties in an understandable way from a judge’s perspective, were all instrumental in settling the case.

John P. Quall, Esq.Law Office of John P. Quall