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How Can a Step Clause Help Parties Manage Future Disputes?

How Can a Step Clause Help Parties Manage Future Disputes?

September 28, 2023

A step clause—also known as a multi-step or multi-tiered dispute resolution clause—provides for negotiation or mediation prior to arbitration or litigation. By adding a step clause into a contract, parties write themselves into an alternative dispute resolution (ADR) protocol prior to any dispute, thereby heading off conflict before it escalates and avoiding the costs, delays, […]

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Respected Law Division Trial Judge Joins ADR Systems

Respected Law Division Trial Judge Joins ADR Systems

September 14, 2023

ADR Systems is delighted to welcome Hon. Robert E. Senechalle, Jr., (Ret.) to its panel of senior mediators and arbitrators. Judge Senechalle has served the legal community for 18 years in the Circuit Court of Cook County and for 32 years in private practice as an attorney focusing on commercial litigation and business law.

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Judge Axelrood Publishes New Legal Thriller Set in Chicago

Judge Axelrood Publishes New Legal Thriller Set in Chicago

September 6, 2023

Hon. Larry G. Axelrood’s, (Ret.) love of writing is far from limited to the submissions he reads as a senior mediator and arbitrator at ADR Systems. He is a published author in his own right and has recently completed his newest novel.  Titled Stealing Justice, Judge Axelrood’s novel follows Chicago prosecutor Marisol Cuellar as she […]

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Judicial Performance Evaluations Aim to Help Judges Improve

Judicial Performance Evaluations Aim to Help Judges Improve

July 27, 2023

Hon. Mitchell L. Hoffman, (Ret.), senior mediator and arbitrator at ADR Systems, recently published an article with the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. His article, Judicial Performance Evaluations Aim to Help Judges Improve, explores his experience as a judicial performance evaluation facilitator and the important contribution attorneys make to the review process.

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Secrets to Settlements: How Neutrals at ADR Systems Settle Difficult Cases

Secrets to Settlements: How Neutrals at ADR Systems Settle Difficult Cases

July 14, 2023

With a settlement rate of 91%, our neutrals show that they have the skills to settle cases. Although this number is impressive, it does not mean that all cases are easy to settle. Sometimes, a difficult case comes along in which our neutrals must take a non-traditional approach as they facilitate negotiations, think inventively and […]

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Former Law Division Judge Joins ADR Systems

Former Law Division Judge Joins ADR Systems

July 7, 2023

ADR Systems is delighted to welcome Hon. Marguerite A. Quinn, (Ret.) to its panel of senior mediators and arbitrators. Judge Quinn has served the legal community for 38 years, including a 16-year judicial career in the Circuit Court of Cook County and 22 years as a lawyer in Chicago.

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Judge Burke successfully mediated a complicated case with little chance of being resolved.  He read every word of the parties' submissions, asked astute questions, and worked hard to find a path to resolution.  Judge Burke communicated with the parties themselves - so that they felt they were important participants in working toward resolution. The case I thought was never going to settle, settled.

Robert W. Smyth, Jr., Esq.Donohue Brown Mathewson & Smyth
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