Meghann Smith, Esq. - ADR Systems

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Meghann K. Smith, Esq. is the Executive Director, Commercial & Family Law Division at ADR Systems of America, LLC. Meghann has more than 10 years of professional experience in the dispute resolution field. Meghann administers mediations, arbitrations, and special master assignments for all types of cases, including business/commercial, construction, employment, professional malpractice, and complex discovery disputes.

ADR Experience and Qualifications

  • Executive Director of the Commercial & Family Law Division, ADR Systems, 2020 – present
  • Director of Commercial Services, ADR Systems, 2009 – 2020
  • Senior Case Manager, ADR Systems, 2006 – 2009
  • Intern, ADR Systems, 2003 – 2006

Representative Matters 

  • Numerous complex construction defect mediations involving multiple parties and multiple mediation sessions
  • Complex commercial arbitrations involving business dissolutions, contract disputes, real estate disputes, insurance coverage issues, employment disputes, construction defect claims and an international dispute over sales commissions owed
  • Negotiated a long-term contract with a national jury consulting company to provide mock arbitrators for mock arbitrations involving Fortune 500 companies nationwide
  • Administered complex special master assignment involving e-discovery

Professional Activities

  • Member, Chicago Building Congress, Future Leader Section, 2012 – present
  • Moderator, “The Effective Use of Alternative Dispute Resolution in the E-Discovery Maelstrom,” Chicago Bar Association ADR Committee Seminar, 2012
  • Chicago Bar Association, Chair of ADR Committee, 2010-2012; Vice-Chair, 2009-2010; Young Lawyers Section, Member 2009-present
  • Speaker on panel regarding ADR Trends for John Marshall Law School Students, 2009
  • Member, Illinois State Bar Association, ADR Committee and Young Lawyers Section 2009 – present

Admissions

  • Illinois State Bar

 Education

  • B.S., Indiana University
  • J.D., John Marshall Law School

For more information about ADR Systems, read Our Story.

I recently engaged Judge Gomolinski to mediate a case that was not factually or legally complicated, but other factors — including the amount of the lien and the position of the lienholder — made the case a challenge to resolve. This case would not have settled but for the efforts of Judge Gomolinski. He was prepared, knew all the relevant facts, had a command of the pertinent law and demonstrated a level of competence and experience that deeply resonated. I believe I can speak for opposing counsel in saying that we believe we reached a fair, reasonable agreement thanks to Judge Gomolinski.

Juan M. AndersonBryce Downey & Lenkov, LLC
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