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Hon. Brian R. McKillip, (Ret.) has joined ADR Systems’ panel of senior mediators and arbitrators, focusing on dispute resolution for family law cases. He will serve in the Family Law Division alongside panelist Hon. Helaine L. Berger, (Ret.), who has practiced as a family law neutral at ADR Systems since 2016.

“As the first family law-focused neutral at ADR Systems, I am thrilled to welcome a new colleague whose career as a jurist in DuPage County’s Domestic Relations Division marks him as a seasoned practitioners in this field of law and dispute resolution,” said Judge Berger.

During his time on the bench in DuPage County’s Domestic Relations Division, Judge McKillip presided over custody, dissolution of marriage, parental rights, visitation and numerous other matters that have well prepared him for his work as a Senior Mediator & Arbitrator.

“Family law is an arduous legal discipline because of what is fundamentally happening in each case: A family is being divided,” said Judge McKillip. “Mediation provides a way for us as neutrals to help parties through deeply personal decisions and arrive at arrangements that would not be possible in a courtroom.”

The appeal of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) services for family law cases has proliferated for several reasons. These include the continuing rise in caseloads in family law courts, the well-known expense of litigating those cases and the innate benefits of alternative dispute resolution: namely, its efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and less adversarial approach to resolving disputes.

“We’ve seen a wellspring of interest in dispute resolution services in family law cases in recent years, and we’re delighted to bolster our Family Law Division with Judge McKillip’s experience,” said Marc Becker, president of ADR Systems. “It seems to stack the deck in favor of forthcoming success and unparalleled service to our family law clients.”

Contact ADR Systems at 312.960.2260 or at to schedule your next family law case.


Hon. Brian R. McKillip, (Ret.) brings an extensive judicial career in family law matters to ADR Systems. He presided over custody, dissolution of marriage, parental rights, visitation matters and more for 11 years in the DuPage County Court’s Domestic Relations Division. His thorough knowledge of family law matters and ability to facilitate constructive dialogue between parties serves him well as a senior mediator and arbitrator.

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Hon. Helaine L. Berger, (Ret.) is an experienced civil litigator who tried cases in Criminal, Chancery, Law and Domestic Relations before serving as a judge in Cook County’s Domestic Relations Division for 19 years.  Judge Berger has been active in the legal community, including Chair of the CBA’s Fee Committee and President of the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois.  She is now a senior mediator and arbitrator at ADR Systems where she concentrates in family law.  Judge Berger is flexible and creative in her approach to mediation and has helped ADR Systems launch an innovative fast track mediation program for family law cases.

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