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Inside Arbitration: Starting Out Right

Inside Arbitration: Starting Out Right

August 7, 2018

We sat down with Hon. Clifford L. Meacham, (Ret.) and Hon. Stuart A. Nudelman, (Ret.), senior mediators and arbitrators at ADR Systems, to discuss some of the finer points of arbitration.  Together, Judges Meacham and Nudelman have more than 60 years of experience overseeing trials and arbitrations.  They have seen what works and what does not work in […]

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Scare ‘Em or Spare ‘Em: Judge Panter to Moderate ABA TIPS Panel

Scare ‘Em or Spare ‘Em: Judge Panter to Moderate ABA TIPS Panel

August 2, 2018

Hon. Michael R. Panter, (Ret.) will moderate a panel presentation on aggressive pleadings at the American Bar Association’s Tort Trial and Insurance Practice (TIPS) Annual Meeting from 1:30pm – 3:00pm on August 2nd. The presentation, titled “Scare ‘Em or Spare ‘Em? How Aggressive Should We Get in Pleadings?” will look at the use of pleadings […]

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How to Write an Effective Mediation Submission

How to Write an Effective Mediation Submission

July 26, 2018

ADR Systems has recently published an article written by Hon. James P. Etchingham, (Ret.) and Jann Johnson in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin that summarizes the key elements of a compelling mediation submission. The article, titled “Writing an Effective Mediation Submission,” also provides attorneys with a submission checklist. The checklist lists the sections of a […]

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Judge Bernthal Discusses Challenges Facing Pro Se Litigants

Judge Bernthal Discusses Challenges Facing Pro Se Litigants

July 17, 2018

Hon. David G. Bernthal, (Ret.), senior mediator and arbitrator at ADR Systems, discussed challenges facing pro se litigants in his most recent column in the News-Gazette. The column, titled “Pro Se Litigants Face Several Challenges,” examines issues surrounding litigants appearing in court on their own behalf. While this is more common in civil cases, things […]

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ADR Systems Hosts Women’s Initiative Event

ADR Systems Hosts Women’s Initiative Event

July 10, 2018

ADR Systems hosted its inaugural Women’s Initiative Event at the Chicago Yacht Club on June 27th to celebrate and promote collaboration among women in the legal community. The event highlighted several of ADR Systems’ female mediators and arbitrators. “The main purpose for this event was to share stories about how female attorneys can support one […]

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ADR Systems Welcomes Hon. William E. Gomolinski, (Ret.)

ADR Systems Welcomes Hon. William E. Gomolinski, (Ret.)

July 9, 2018

ADR Systems is pleased to announce that Hon. William E. Gomolinski, (Ret.) has joined our panel of senior mediators and arbitrators. Judge Gomolinski has 11 years of judicial experience in the Cook County Circuit Court, serving in the Law Division Motion Section during his last seven years on the bench. “I’ve done over 1,000 pre-trials […]

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Judge Nudelman Settles Highest Birth Injury Case in Illinois for $35M

Judge Nudelman Settles Highest Birth Injury Case in Illinois for $35M

June 28, 2018

Hon. Stuart A. Nudelman, (Ret.), senior mediator and arbitrator at ADR Systems, settled a $35 million birth injury case involving a child born with catastrophic brain injuries at an Illinois hospital. “This was a very difficult, emotionally-charged case with great attorneys representing both sides who worked very hard to resolve this tragic situation,” Judge Nudelman […]

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Judges Casciato and Hogan Settle $27.9 Million Wrongful Death Case

Judges Casciato and Hogan Settle $27.9 Million Wrongful Death Case

June 27, 2018

Hon. Joseph N. Casciato, (Ret.) and Hon. Michael J. Hogan, (Ret.), senior mediators and arbitrators at ADR Systems, settled a $27.9 million case involving a boat outing that resulted in three deaths. Judges Casciato and Hogan teamed to bring the parties to resolution. The one survivor of the incident and the estates of the three […]

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Judge Nudelman: Ethics and Honesty are Vital to Mediation

Judge Nudelman: Ethics and Honesty are Vital to Mediation

June 25, 2018

ADR Systems recently spoke with Hon. Stuart A. Nudelman, (Ret.) to discuss ethics and honesty in mediation, including the role of confidentiality. Can a mediator be too honest or not honest enough? How do you find the balance? A mediator is bound to inform the parties of the information they have been given by one […]

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ADR Systems Opens Dates for Maintenance Mediation in Family Law Cases

ADR Systems Opens Dates for Maintenance Mediation in Family Law Cases

June 18, 2018

As family law attorneys know, starting January 1, 2019, all judgments and marital settlement agreements will be subject to a new tax code — the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.  Many couples contemplating dissolution will want to finalize their divorce before the end of the year due to tax implications.  To help parties schedule […]

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I want to express our firm’s appreciation to ADR Systems for providing us with an outstanding CLE program.  I received numerous positive comments from our partners; everyone thought that the Hon. F. Keith Brown and Stuart A. Nudelman provided us with useful and interesting insights.  I think that our Chicago partners (and anyone else who might do a mediation in Chicago) would be delighted with any of them as a mediator or arbitrator.

Alan Becker, Managing PartnerLitchfield Cavo LLP