Judge Casciato Presented with 2021 Accipter Award By Fenwick Bar Association - ADR Systems

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Hon. Joseph N. Casciato, (Ret.), senior mediator and arbitrator at ADR Systems, has been named the 2021 Accipter Award recipient by the Fenwick Bar Association.

The Accipiter Award, presented annually by The Fenwick Bar Association since 1997, honors members of the Fenwick High School community who have distinguished themselves in the legal profession.

“It is an honor to be recognized by the Fenwick Bar Association,” said Judge Casciato. “The FBA  is a wonderful community where my classmates, friends and colleagues can come together as part of the Fenwick community to socialize and support each other. The Accipter Award has been bestowed on some of my distinguished colleagues and I am ecstatic to have received this recognition.”

Judge Casciato, who graduated from Fenwick in 1967, is the second ADR Systems neutral to receive the award, joining Hon. Daniel J. Kelley, (Ret.), who received the award in 2010.

“Judge Casciato has always represented the best of Fenwick and the legal profession in his career,” said Michael J. Hayes, Jr., President of the Fenwick Bar Association, last year when Judge Casciato was notified that he would receive this honor. “Whether as a practicing lawyer, judge, mediator, or professor, he is highly respected by his peers for not only his professionalism and expertise on the law, but also for his empathy and fairness. The Fenwick Bar Association is honored to be a part of presenting him the Accipiter Award.”


Hon. Joseph N. Casciato, (Ret.) has trademarked his ability to guide even the most recalcitrant parties to settlement in his career with ADR Systems. Judge Casciato followed his 10-year legal career with a 22-year judicial career, which included working in the Circuit Court of Cook County Law Division and Law Jury. As a mediator and arbitrator with ADR Systems, Judge Casciato combines knowledge and efficiency with his energy and enthusiasm to keep parties engaged throughout the resolution process.

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Judge Burke successfully mediated a complicated case with little chance of being resolved.  He read every word of the parties' submissions, asked astute questions, and worked hard to find a path to resolution.  Judge Burke communicated with the parties themselves - so that they felt they were important participants in working toward resolution. The case I thought was never going to settle, settled.

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