Mary Nelson - ADR Systems

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Mary Nelson is Senior Vice President, Personal Injury Division at ADR Systems of America, LLC.  She has almost 25 years of professional experience in alternative dispute resolution (ADR).  Mary is a trained mediator, and she uses her training and skills in the case management process at ADR Systems–helping to educate and bring even the most recalcitrant parties to mediation or arbitration.  She has managed more than 10,000 cases, working to propel alternative dispute resolution from a relatively unknown process to an accepted industry standard practice.

Mary has been with ADR Systems since 1996.  She offers clients a strong working knowledge of ADR.  She provides case consultation and management services, and helps parties determine and design the best dispute resolution process for their case. She also assists clients and companies with multi-case coordination and settlement programs. Mary works closely with ADR Systems Continuing Legal Education (CLE) program, promoting education, support and understanding of the ADR process.

ADR Experience and Qualifications

  • Senior Vice President, Personal Injury Division, ADR Systems, 2015-present
  • Vice President, Personal Injury Division, ADR Systems, 2000 – 2015
  • Senior Case Manager, ADR Systems, 1996 -1999
  • President & Mediator, Chicago Mediation Group, 1993 -1996
  • Pro bono Mediator for IL Department of Human Resources cases, including landlord/tenant disputes and small claims; peer review board member, Center for Conflict Resolution, 1991 – 2006
  • Board Member, Mediation Council of Illinois, 1993 -1995

Representative Matters 

  • Personal Injury
  • Wrongful Death
  • Medical & Dental Malpractice
  • Construction Injury
  • Nursing Home Negligence
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Settlement Programs
  • Class Action Personal Injury
  • Uninsured/Underinsured Motorists
  • Property Damage – Personal lines
  • Case Consultation & Coordination
  • CLE Program Coordination & Development


  • B.A. in Psychology, Michigan State University
  • Mediation training, Department of Human Resources, Center for Conflict Resolution
  • 40-hour Divorce & Family mediation program with Zena Zumeta
  • 40-hour mediation training, Center for Conflict Resolution
  • Over 300 hours of post-degree education, trainings & seminars

For more information about ADR Systems, read Our Story.

Excellent set up, neutrals and administration.  Judge Ward is one of the best mediators I have ever worked with in over 80 mediations.

Craig Hoffman, Esq.Ruberry, Stalmack & Garvey, LLC