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We are pleased to announce that Hon. David G. Bernthal, (Ret.) has joined ADR Systems’ distinguished panel of senior mediators and arbitrators.  Judge Bernthal has more than 20 years of experience as a magistrate judge for the US District Court for the Central District of Illinois.  During his time on the bench, he was praised by the legal community for his skills as a jurist, often being described as both a learned scholar and an efficient administrator.

Judge Bernthal has extensive expertise in medical malpractice, construction, and personal injury cases, as well as commercial cases involving contracts, property damage, and subrogation.  His proven legal knowledge and keen understanding of negotiation were critical to his settlement success on the bench and are pivotal assets in both his mediation and arbitration practice.

“In mediation, parties are poised for success because the process provides a safe environment for facilitated negotiation that encourages cooperation rather than unproductive posturing.  Parties can educate each other while at the bargaining table and robustly explore all of their settlement options,”  noted Judge Bernthal.  “When parties come in not expecting to resolve their case and actually do settle, there’s a sense of relief you can see in them.  That always makes me feel good about what I do.”

Judge Bernthal is well known throughout central and southern Illinois, and currently writes a monthly column for the News-Gazette, a news publication based in Champaign, Illinois.  He also participates in a segment called, “The Morning Show,” on NewsTalk 1400 WDWS-AM, a Champaign-based radio station.

“What I enjoy the most about being part of the radio program is the opportunity to instruct listeners regarding legal concepts and issues that are often discussed in the news so that they are not misled or confused about complicated issues they regularly encounter.”

In addition to mediation and arbitration, Judge Bernthal provides early neutral evaluation, special master services and consults in motion practice, witness presentations, and case review.  He is available for dispute resolution in the Chicago metro area, downstate Illinois and other locations upon request.

For Judge Bernthal’s full bio, click here.

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I was extremely pleased with a recent mediation at ADR Systems. The mediators constitute a veritable "who's who" of top-notch practitioners and former jurists with a wealth of experience across the legal spectrum.  I strongly recommend ADR Systems for even the most complex and contentious of cases.

Hillard M. Sterling, Esq.Sterling Tech Law | Waveland Law Group, LLC