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Pre-Mediation Contact May Lead to a Successful Commercial Mediation

Pre-Mediation Contact May Lead to a Successful Commercial Mediation

September 27, 2018

Pre-mediation contact with the mediator and counsel can be an opportunity to discuss expectations in anticipation of the mediation. This contact may lower the risk of a surprise that could potentially impede a successful settlement effort. Hon. Richard J. Billik, Jr., (Ret.), senior mediator and arbitrator at ADR Systems, believes taking advantage of this contact […]

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Judge Nudelman to Participate in Mediation Panel at CLM Construction Conference

Judge Nudelman to Participate in Mediation Panel at CLM Construction Conference

September 26, 2018

Hon. Stuart A. Nudelman, (Ret.), senior mediator and arbitrator at ADR Systems, will participate in the upcoming Claims and Litigation Management (CLM) Construction Conference. The session, titled “Making the Most of Mediation,” will cover pre-mediation positioning, opening sessions, statutory compromise offers and mediation preparation. The panel will also explore mediation do’s and don’ts by discussing […]

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More Than a Name: Who Is ADR Systems?

More Than a Name: Who Is ADR Systems?

September 10, 2018

When Marc Becker founded ADR Systems more than 23 years ago, the concept of dispute resolution was unknown in the Chicago legal community. It’s different today. “Thinking about mediation, arbitration and other dispute resolution processes is necessary in the life of any case,” Marc said. “At some point, every case will be decided by a […]

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Inside Arbitration: Avoiding Pitfalls

Inside Arbitration: Avoiding Pitfalls

August 22, 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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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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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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Ethics and Honesty are Vital to Mediation

Ethics and Honesty are Vital to Mediation

June 25, 2018

ADR Systems 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 side […]

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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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Personal Injury Arbitration v. Trial:  Pros and Cons

Personal Injury Arbitration v. Trial: Pros and Cons

May 25, 2018

Arbitration is like a trial’s distant cousin. They both come from the same family of adjudicative procedures with an arbitrator and judge or jury rendering a decision after a hearing. Generally, the similarities in their DNA end there. We asked several personal injury litigators to share their thoughts on this topic, including Pegi McCabe, partner […]

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Judge Berger Speaks at 7th Annual WBAI Domestic Relations Roundtable

Judge Berger Speaks at 7th Annual WBAI Domestic Relations Roundtable

May 23, 2018

Hon. Helaine L. Berger, (Ret.), senior mediator and arbitrator at ADR Systems, spoke at the 7th Annual Women’s Bar Association of Illinois (WBAI) Domestic Relations Roundtable Seminar on May 16th. The discussion focused on changes to the child support, maintenance and removal statutes, proposed legislation impacting parenting responsibility and the impact of the Tax Reform […]

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Judge Billik truly went above and beyond to get a difficult insurance coverage case resolved.  His knowledge of the law and people skills were instrumental in achieving settlement.  I mediate cases all over the country and Judge Billik is one of the best mediators I have ever encountered.  He is a credit to your company.

Gerald W. Huston, PartnerHuston, May & Fayez, LLC
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