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Thoughts on Building an Unassailable Arbitration Award By: Hon. Clifford L. Meacham, (Ret.)

Thoughts on Building an Unassailable Arbitration Award By: Hon. Clifford L. Meacham, (Ret.)

July 15, 2019

Preliminary Observations Drafting a clear, reasoned arbitration award is a process rather than an event; it takes time. Thoughtful execution can make an award nearly unassailable while conveying to participants the diligence and careful analysis invested in the decision. The participants deserve as much. Ideally, the award is the result of a well-orchestrated, consensual interaction […]

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Judge Haddad Settles $6.2M Ankle Injury Case

Judge Haddad Settles $6.2M Ankle Injury Case

July 12, 2019

Hon. William J. Haddad, (Ret.), senior mediator and arbitrator at ADR Systems, recently settled a $6.2 million severe ankle injury case. The injury was caused from a fall from an elevated work platform bucket, resulting in several ankle surgeries. “The plaintiff’s failure to ‘tie on’ was a significant liability issue, but the central hindrance to […]

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Seasoned Judge Brings Impressive Settlement Experience to ADR Systems

Seasoned Judge Brings Impressive Settlement Experience to ADR Systems

July 8, 2019

ADR Systems is pleased to announce Hon. Larry G. Axelrood, (Ret.) has joined our panel of senior mediators and arbitrators. Judge Axelrood served in the Law Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County for five of his 14 years on the bench and settled nearly 1,000 cases. “One of my favorite responsibilities as a […]

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ADR Systems Launches UM&UIM Tri-Panel Arbitration Program

ADR Systems Launches UM&UIM Tri-Panel Arbitration Program

July 1, 2019

ADR Systems is now offering its Uninsured Motorist & Underinsured Motorist (UM&UIM) Tri-Panel Arbitration Program as a resource to attorneys. UM&UIM tri-panel arbitrations typically arise from the inclusion of an arbitration clause in a contract, where the policy requires the procedure. ADR Systems program provides a cost-effective way to resolve these claims. Hon. Michael R. […]

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ADR Systems Hosts Annual Women’s Initiative Committee Happy Hour

ADR Systems Hosts Annual Women’s Initiative Committee Happy Hour

June 28, 2019

ADR Systems hosted its annual Women’s Initiative Happy Hour on June 26th to celebrate and promote collaboration among women in the legal community. The event highlighted several of ADR Systems’ female mediators and arbitrators, including Hon. Kay M. Hanlon, (Ret.), Hon. Lisa R. Curcio, (Ret.) and Hon. Helaine L. Berger, (Ret.). “It’s a wonderful event […]

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Judge Berger Appointed to IJF Board of Directors

Judge Berger Appointed to IJF Board of Directors

June 27, 2019

Hon. Helaine L. Berger, (Ret.), senior mediator and arbitrator at ADR Systems, was appointed to the Illinois Judges Foundation (IJF) Board of Directors. Judge Berger was appointed to the board by Hon. Debra B. Walker, a Cook County Circuit Court judge in the Domestic Relations Division. The two previously served together during Judge Berger’s tenure […]

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Judge Gomolinski Settles $10 Million Personal Injury Case

Judge Gomolinski Settles $10 Million Personal Injury Case

June 12, 2019

Hon. William E. Gomolinski, (Ret.), senior mediator and arbitrator at ADR Systems, recently settled a $10 million personal injury case stemming from a 2016 construction site accident. The parties reached the agreement one day before the trial was to begin. “Every mediator has to be a chameleon and has to adapt based on the facts […]

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Judge Hanlon Settles $3 Million Medical Malpractice Case

Judge Hanlon Settles $3 Million Medical Malpractice Case

June 11, 2019

Hon. Kay M. Halon (Ret.), senior mediator and arbitrator at ADR Systems, settled a $3 million medical malpractice case involving an alleged misdiagnosis and rushed, negligent medical judgement. The case stemmed from a 2015 incident in which a woman presented to the hospital complaining of abdominal pain and associated symptoms. She was diagnosed with a […]

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Judge Berger Speaks at 8th Annual WBAI Domestic Relations Roundtable

Judge Berger Speaks at 8th Annual WBAI Domestic Relations Roundtable

May 16, 2019

Hon. Helaine Berger, (Ret.), senior mediator and arbitrator at ADR Systems, was the sole mediator chosen as a panelist at the 8th Annual Domestic Relations Roundtable in Chicago. This continuing legal education seminar focused on complex family law issues surrounding modification of maintenance and relocation of one parent out-of-state. In addition to Judge Berger, the […]

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Judge Hanlon to Participate in CBA Mindfulness Workshop

Judge Hanlon to Participate in CBA Mindfulness Workshop

May 14, 2019

Hon. Kay M. Hanlon, (Ret.), senior mediator and arbitrator at ADR Systems, will be participating in a Mindfulness Workshop as part of the Chicago Bar Association’s (CBA) recognition of Mental Health Month. “I think it’s encouraging that law schools, law firms and corporations are starting to incorporate wellness into work habits,” Judge Hanlon said. “Nobody […]

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ADR Systems is a perfect fit for commercial disputes that would otherwise find themselves in state court. Though they may no longer have the ability to formally wield the gavel, the former judges at ADR Systems still demand the respect necessary to get parties to the table.

Sang-yul Lee, Esq.Partner, Locke Lord Edwards, LLP
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