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Judge Bernthal Breaks Down the Difficulties of Civil Case Litigation

Judge Bernthal Breaks Down the Difficulties of Civil Case Litigation

November 16, 2018

Hon. David G. Bernthal, (Ret.), senior mediator and arbitrator at ADR Systems, published his monthly column in the News-Gazette titled, “Rarely an Easy Resolution in Civil Cases.” In the column, Judge Bernthal examined why civil cases can take so long to adjudicate.  The often lengthy and complicated process of civil case litigation is in sharp […]

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Judge Bernthal Discusses Importance of Celebrating Constitution Day

Judge Bernthal Discusses Importance of Celebrating Constitution Day

October 17, 2018

Hon. David G. Bernthal, (Ret.), senior mediator and arbitrator at ADR Systems, published a column in the News-Gazette titled “Constitution Still has Everyday Relevance.” In celebration of Constitution Day, or Citizenship Day, on September 17th, Judge Bernthal’s column reminded the public of the importance of this holiday. “Freedom of religion, speech and the press are […]

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Pre-Mediation Contact May Lead to a Successful Commercial Mediation

Pre-Mediation Contact May Lead to a Successful Commercial Mediation

September 27, 2018

Pre-mediation contact with the mediator and counsel can be an opportunity to discuss expectations in anticipation of the mediation. This contact may lower the risk of a surprise that could potentially impede a successful settlement effort. Hon. Richard J. Billik, Jr., (Ret.), senior mediator and arbitrator at ADR Systems, believes taking advantage of this contact […]

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Judge Bernthal Offers Tips on Maintaining Civility in Society

Judge Bernthal Offers Tips on Maintaining Civility in Society

September 24, 2018

Hon. David G. Bernthal, (Ret.), senior mediator and arbitrator at ADR Systems, reinforced the need for civilized discourse in a column for this month’s News-Gazette. The column, titled “Restoring Civility in Our Society,” builds on Judge Bernthal’s previous article about civility in the legal profession and examines the need for civility in society. “Sadly, I […]

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More Than a Name: Who Is ADR Systems?

More Than a Name: Who Is ADR Systems?

September 10, 2018

When Marc Becker founded ADR Systems more than 23 years ago, the concept of dispute resolution was unknown in the Chicago legal community. It’s different today. “Thinking about mediation, arbitration and other dispute resolution processes is necessary in the life of any case,” Marc said. “At some point, every case will be decided by a […]

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Inside Arbitration: Avoiding Pitfalls

Inside Arbitration: Avoiding Pitfalls

August 22, 2018

We sat down with Hon. Clifford L. Meacham, (Ret.) and Hon. Stuart A. Nudelman, (Ret.), senior mediators and arbitrators at ADR Systems, to discuss some of the finer points of arbitration.  Together, Judges Meacham and Nudelman have more than 60 years of experience overseeing trials and arbitrations.  They have seen what works and what does not work in […]

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Judge Bernthal Praises Legal Profession’s Culture of Civility

Judge Bernthal Praises Legal Profession’s Culture of Civility

August 15, 2018

Hon. David G. Bernthal, (Ret.), senior mediator and arbitrator at ADR Systems, wrote a column in this month’s News-Gazette about the importance of reinforcing civility in the legal industry. The column, titled “Reinforcing a Culture of Civility,” examines Supreme Court Rule 799, which established the Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism, to maintain civilized conduct in […]

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How to Write an Effective Mediation Submission

How to Write an Effective Mediation Submission

July 26, 2018

ADR Systems has recently published an article written by Hon. James P. Etchingham, (Ret.) and Jann Johnson in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin that summarizes the key elements of a compelling mediation submission. The article, titled “Writing an Effective Mediation Submission,” also provides attorneys with a submission checklist. The checklist lists the sections of a […]

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Judge Bernthal Discusses Challenges Facing Pro Se Litigants

Judge Bernthal Discusses Challenges Facing Pro Se Litigants

July 17, 2018

Hon. David G. Bernthal, (Ret.), senior mediator and arbitrator at ADR Systems, discussed challenges facing pro se litigants in his most recent column in the News-Gazette. The column, titled “Pro Se Litigants Face Several Challenges,” examines issues surrounding litigants appearing in court on their own behalf. While this is more common in civil cases, things […]

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Personal Injury Arbitration v. Trial:  Pros and Cons

Personal Injury Arbitration v. Trial: Pros and Cons

May 25, 2018

Arbitration is like a trial’s distant cousin. They both come from the same family of adjudicative procedures with an arbitrator and judge or jury rendering a decision after a hearing. Generally, the similarities in their DNA end there. We asked several personal injury litigators to share their thoughts on this topic, including Pegi McCabe, partner […]

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I think I speak for everyone when I say that we could not have settled this case without the tremendous efforts of Judge Brown. He was so kind to my clients and he really helped them through this difficult process.  His thoughtful approach and his incredible tenacity really made the difference in this case. We were very lucky to have him as our mediator and we look forward to working with Judge Brown again very soon.

Adria East Mossing, PartnerMossing & Navarre, LLC