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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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Opening Comments: A Key Strategic Decision in Mediation

Opening Comments: A Key Strategic Decision in Mediation

January 28, 2019

ADR Systems has recently published an article written by Hon. William J. Haddad, (Ret.) and Jann Johnson on Law360 that discusses opening comments in mediation. The article, titled “Opening Comments A Key Strategic Decision In Mediation,” examines the arguments for and against using opening comments in mediation. The article also includes helpful tips for both […]

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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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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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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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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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Why Multiparty Personal Injury Cases Are Ripe for Mediation

Why Multiparty Personal Injury Cases Are Ripe for Mediation

May 9, 2018

When a personal injury litigator faces a multiparty case, there is more of everything.  More parties, counsel, discovery, experts, time – everything is expanded. Mediation can be the best choice for settling these disputes. For insight into why mediation is effective, we consulted Hon. William J. Haddad, (Ret.), senior meditator and arbitrator at ADR Systems, […]

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Judge Etchingham has a terrific demeanor, and made my client feel very comfortable.  He took time to thoroughly prepare, coming to the table with a clear understanding of the case.  Judge Etchingham offered insightful advice that kept negotiations from reaching a standstill.  I wish I had been able to practice before him when he was on the bench; Judge Etchingham is a real find for ADR Systems.

Jeffrey E. Martin, Esq.Law Offices of Jeffrey E. Martin, LLC
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