Judge Sutter Settles $12 Million Trust and Family-owned Business Dispute Case - ADR Systems

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Hon. Ronald D. Sutter, (Ret.), senior mediator and arbitrator at ADR Systems, recently settled a $12 million case stemming from a dispute between family members regarding a trust and family-owned business.

“I have encountered a number of cases similar to this one throughout my career. Because of the business and familial dynamics at play, these cases can be extremely complex, with many issues dividing the parties.”

Judge Sutter’s experience as a litigator and jurist enable him to effectively navigate contentious and emotionally charged family business disputes.

“As their mediator on this case, I endeavored to put the parties and their lawyers at ease. I made sure to listen to them and whatever they wanted to discuss,” said Judge Sutter. “That way I had a firm understanding of everyone’s perspectives as the mediation proceeded.”

Since his arrival at ADR Systems at the start of 2019, creating productive relationships with parties by attentively listening to them has been a hallmark of Judge Sutter’s practice as a Senior Mediator & Arbitrator.

“How parties are brought to settlement in a case is informed by how well their mediator listens to them from the start of the mediation process,” said Judge Sutter.

Before joining ADR Systems, Judge Sutter spent 15 years in the DuPage County Circuit Court and was the Presiding Judge of the Law Division.  A popular mediator and arbitrator, he is praised for his integrity, legal ability and temperament.

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