Hon. F. Keith Brown, (Ret.) Speaks on Mediation Perspectives

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On October 9, 2014, Hon. F. Keith Brown, (Ret.) is participating in a panel presentation entitled, “Mediation Perspectives.”  The panel will discuss strategies for successful mediation and pre-trial settlement in both medical and non-medical cases.  Issues under discussion will include timing, venue selection, preparation, ethical considerations, and practical solutions to common roadblocks to case resolution.  Other panelists include Scott Beckman, Vice President for ISME Mutual Insurance Company; Justice Michael J. Gallagher, (Ret.), former First District Appellate Justice; Hon. Clare Elizabeth McWilliams, Cook County Circuit Court Judge; and Howard S. Schaffner, Esq. of Hofeld and Schaffner.  The presentation is sponsored by Cassiday Schade.

Hon. F. Keith Brown, (Ret.) is a senior mediator and arbitrator at ADR Systems.  Former Chief Judge of Kane County, he has extensive experience in settling personal injury, workers’ compensation and other civil matters.  As a mediator, Judge Brown is known for his keen ability to easily connect with people and promote productive communications between all parties.  Judge Brown is a beloved pillar of the community, who has been recognized numerous times for his community service.

I recently engaged Judge Gomolinski to mediate a case that was not factually or legally complicated, but other factors — including the amount of the lien and the position of the lienholder — made the case a challenge to resolve. This case would not have settled but for the efforts of Judge Gomolinski. He was prepared, knew all the relevant facts, had a command of the pertinent law and demonstrated a level of competence and experience that deeply resonated. I believe I can speak for opposing counsel in saying that we believe we reached a fair, reasonable agreement thanks to Judge Gomolinski.

Juan M. AndersonBryce Downey & Lenkov, LLC
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