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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 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. As part of her appointment, Judge Berger will also be chairing the bylaws committee and the executive committee of IJF. “I am excited to serve with an esteemed group of judges; I […]

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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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Judge Curcio to Participate in Arbitration Panel at DRI Conference

Judge Curcio to Participate in Arbitration Panel at DRI Conference

May 1, 2019

Hon. Lisa R. Curcio, (Ret.), will participate in a panel at the upcoming Business Litigation Super Conference in Austin, Texas. The session, titled “Pros and Cons of Arbitration,” will cover arbitration law as it relates to commercial arbitration, arbitration in employment contracts, and arbitration in consumer contracts. “My hope is that attendees of the panel […]

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The Good and the Bad: ADR Systems Mediators Discuss Attorney Habits

The Good and the Bad: ADR Systems Mediators Discuss Attorney Habits

April 29, 2019

Ever wonder how your behavior in a mediation stacks up against other attorneys? We sat down with three of our senior mediators and arbitrators — Hon. William E. Gomolinski, (Ret.), Hon. Kay M. Hanlon, (Ret.) and Hon. Jerome M. Orbach, (Ret.) — to discuss good and bad habits attorneys exhibit during mediation. What are some […]

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Judge Hanlon to Attend WBAI Civil Litigation Reception & Dinner

Judge Hanlon to Attend WBAI Civil Litigation Reception & Dinner

April 22, 2019

Hon. Kay M. Hanlon, (Ret.) will be presenting at the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois (WBAI) Civil Litigation Reception and Dinner. The event allows attorneys the opportunity to gain perspectives about the legal industry from Judge Hanlon as both a retired judge in the Circuit Court of Cook County and a current senior mediator and […]

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Judge Hanlon Offers Practical Tips for Effectively Taking and Defending Depositions

Judge Hanlon Offers Practical Tips for Effectively Taking and Defending Depositions

April 19, 2019

Hon. Kay M. Hanlon, (Ret.) presented a seminar and participated in a panel discussion at the Illinois State Bar Association’s (ISBA) Tort Law Section Council program on April 11th. The presentation, titled “Perspective from the Bench,” examined how to effectively take and defend depositions, certified questions and how judges rule upon them, and how to […]

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Judge Nudelman to Participate in Litigation Panel at Midwest Construction Defect & Dispute Conference

Judge Nudelman to Participate in Litigation Panel at Midwest Construction Defect & Dispute Conference

April 17, 2019

Hon. Stuart Nudelman, (Ret.), will participate in a panel at the upcoming Midwest Construction Defect & Dispute Conference. The session, titled “Complex Construction Defect Litigation – What Does It Look Like,” will cover frequent issues that arise during litigation, including economic loss, coverage and indemnity. “Attendees can expect to walk away with a better understanding […]

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Judge Hanlon to Give Deposition CLE at ISBA

Judge Hanlon to Give Deposition CLE at ISBA

March 27, 2019

Hon. Kay M. Hanlon, (Ret.) will present a seminar at an Illinois State Bar Association’s (ISBA) Tort Law Section Council program on April 11th. The presentation, titled “Perspective from the Bench,” will examine how to effectively take and defend depositions, certified questions and how judges rule upon them, and how to avoid objections. “When attorneys […]

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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
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