ADR Systems


Hon. Cheryl A. Starks, (Ret.)


Hon. Cheryl A. Starks, (Ret.) is a skilled mediator and arbitrator with extensive experience in the resolution of cases involving medical and professional malpractice claims, construction cases and insurance disputes.

Types of Cases Resolved

  • Construction
  • Environmental
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Personal Injury
  • Professional Malpractice

ADR Experience and Qualifications

  • 14-year judicial career, including serving in the Law Division, 1999-2010 and Juvenile Court, 1996-1999
  • 9-year legal career, including serving as Senior Trial Attorney for the Board of Education of the City of Chicago, 1992-1996; Supervising Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of Chicago, 1990-1992; Assistant Corporation Counsel in the Torts Division for the City of Chicago, 1989-1990; Administrative Hearing Officer for the Illinois Department of Public Aid

Representative Cases

  • Recinto: $2.5 million verdict; medical malpractice case brought against hospital for failure to control deceased’s diabetic condition and failure to recognize complications of asthma and diabetes, leading to his death
  • Rosolowski: $120 million verdict; class action lawsuit against a refinery by local residents who said their health and homes were harmed by heavy-metal pollution from the refinery
  • White: $3 million verdict; scholarship foundation found partially liable for the death of student living in its sponsored housing at Northern Illinois University
  • Rooney: $10 million settlement;  personal injury case brought by women who lost her lower leg after being hit by a tour boat in Lake Michigan
  • Joyce: General contractor determined not to be liable for injury of employee of subcontractor; affirmed by appeals court
  • Kuchinska: Personal injury case brought by former Olympic gymnast who sustained knee injury in a car accident
  • Davis: Medical malpractice where plaintiff alleged doctor was negligent which resulted in delayed diagnosis of breast cancer
  • Garvin: Medical malpractice case where plaintiff alleged defendants’ negligence during patient’s recovery from an aneurysm surgery caused her death
  • Karas: $900,000 verdict; medical malpractice case involving doctor’s negligence in the delivery of a large newborn resulting in the child having Erb’s palsy
  • Kazimierz Plaza: Construction company not liable for contractor’s injury stemming from fall from tree when attempting to access roof
  • Bliss: Personal injury case where plaintiff alleged limousine driver was liable for injuries plaintiff sustained when retrieving luggage in roadway
  • Diaz: Premises liability case where Schaumburg Park District was determine to not be liable for injuries sustained when senior suffered a seizure in a pool
  • Peterson: Medical malpractice case where the plaintiff alleged that the doctor’s technique used during hip replacement caused fracture and pulmonary embolism
  • ChemCentral Corp.: Determination of percentage of fault between two defendants in an asbestos removal fire case
  • Casas: Medical malpractice case where plaintiff alleged that a vaguely written prescription caused her to take more than the recommended dose of a medication resulting in Steven-Johns syndrome
  • Davies: $615,000 verdict; premises liability case brought by plaintiff who slipped and fell in a restaurant

Professional Activities and Awards

  • Chair, Illinois Torture Inquiry and Relief Commission
  • Board Member, Judicial Inquiry Board
  • Faculty Member, Judicial Education Committee
  • Member, Illinois Judicial Council
  • Member, National Council for Juvenile and Family Court Judges
  • Member, Chicago Bar Association
  • Member, Cook County Bar Association
  • Member, Women’s Bar Association of Illinois
  • Member, Black Women Lawyers Association
  • Member, National Bar Association
  • Guest Speaker and Panelist, numerous bar groups, nonprofit organizations, schools and churches


  • J.D., John Marshall Law School
  • B.S., University of Illinois at Chicago


  • Illinois State Bar

I think I speak for everyone when I say that we could not have settled this case without the tremendous efforts of Judge Brown. He was so kind to my clients and he really helped them through this difficult process.  His thoughtful approach and his incredible tenacity really made the difference in this case. We were very lucky to have him as our mediator and we look forward to working with Judge Brown again very soon.

Adria East Mossing, PartnerMossing & Navarre, LLC