Your Solution to Rule 25: Resolve Personal Injury Cases with Binding Arbitration - ADR Systems

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The Circuit Court of Cook County Law Division has mandated arbitration for personal injury cases valued from $30,000 to $50,000 pursuant to Rules of the Court, Part 25. In response, ADR Systems is offering a cost-effective Flat Fee Arbitration Program.  Parties can quickly dispose of these matters through a binding process at a flat fee of $795 per party.

Under the Law Division’s mandatory arbitration program, either party can reject the award for a $750 fee – but risk paying attorney’s fees if the rejection does not prevail in court. Parties can eliminate the risk of rejection and further costly litigation with the Flat Fee Arbitration Program at ADR Systems.

This new program compliments ADR Systems’ existing flat fee arbitration program for Municipal Division cases valued at $30,000 or less for a $595 flat fee. Counsel should contact an ADR Systems case manager at 312.960.2260 to qualify their case for either program.

“Pandemic-related court closures and jury trial suspensions exacerbated already-long delays in the disposal of thousands of smaller personal injury claims,” said Hon. Kay M. Hanlon, (Ret.), senior mediator and arbitrator at ADR Systems. “Binding arbitration offers a more flexible and secure way forward.”

ADR Systems’ Flat Fee Arbitration Program provides various benefits for attorneys and their clients:

  • Parties pay a $795 flat fee each for 2.5 hours of an arbitrator’s submission review, hearing and decision time
  • Parties can choose their arbitrator – an option not provided by the Court’s mandatory arbitration program – from among our panel of selected arbitrators for this program
  • Parties can expect a decision on their matter and an award within a week of the hearing
  • Parties enjoy an efficient scheduling process with all administrative matters handled by their case manager and our staff

These qualified Rule 25 cases – most falling between $30,000 – $50,000 — currently account for almost 40% of the pending cases in the Law Division.

Many of ADR Systems’ senior mediators and arbitrators once served as judges within the Law Division, where these claims are heard. “Our collective experience helps us work through arbitrations efficiently,” said Hon. Larry G. Axelrood, (Ret.), senior mediator and arbitrator at ADR Systems. “This program provides a great opportunity to resolve your Rule 25 matter through binding arbitration.”

To learn more about ADR Systems’ Flat Fee Arbitration Program, click here or contact us at 312.960.2260.

Hon. Kay M. Hanlon, (Ret.) has expertise in resolving personal injury actions such as medical malpractice, mass torts and product liability, as well as commercial actions such as legal malpractice, eminent domain and subrogation. Counsel who appeared before Judge Hanlon found her to be perpetually prepared and ready to listen attentively. Her open and friendly demeanor is known throughout the legal community. Her personality is tailor-made for her work as a mediator and arbitrator.

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Hon, Larry G. Axelrood, (Ret.) has extensive experience with medical malpractice, nursing home, railroad, legal malpractice, premises liability, construction and personal injury matters. Having served on the Evanston Police Pension Board and the Illinois Judges Association Pension and Benefits Committee, Judge Axelrood also has in-depth experience with pensions and their impact on various types of cases.

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Judge Burke put forth extraordinary effort to settle.  He was extremely well prepared and spent a great deal of time working with each party toward a compromise.  Thanks to Judge Burke's follow-up efforts, post-mediation was disposed of by compromise.  My client was extremely impressed with the preparation, effort and atmosphere established by Judge Burke.

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