ADR Systems

Neutrals

Hon. Jerome Orbach, (Ret.)

Hon. Jerry M. Orbach, (Ret.)

Illinois

Hon. Jerry M. Orbach, (Ret.) is a skilled mediator and arbitrator with extensive experience in the resolution of highly complex multi-party personal injury and commercial matters. Known for his tenacity, integrity and creative settlement approach, he enjoys a 90% success rate on settling mediations.

Types of Cases Resolved

  • Auto Liability
  • Condominium Board Dispute
  • Construction
  • Landlord-Tenant
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Nursing Home
  • Personal Injury
  • Product Liability
  • Property Damage
  • Real Estate
  • Sexual Harassment

ADR Experience and Qualifications

  • 16-year judicial career including an assignment to the Law Division in the Second District, upon expansion to the northern suburbs and the Second Municipal District, Circuit Court of Cook County, 1988-2003
  • Prior to joining the bench, he served as 46th Ward Alderman, City of Chicago, Chairman, Code Revision Committee, 1983-1987; Corporation Counsel, City of Chicago, 1973-1983, Supervisor and Prosecutor, Building Code Violations; Legislative Assistant to Senate President Cecil Partee, Illinois State Senate, 1971-1973

Professional Activities and Awards

  • Faculty Member, National Judicial College
  • Co-Founder, Cook County Domestic Violence Task Force
  • Judicial Liaison, Senior Citizen Community
  • Judicial Liaison, Area Public and Private Schools
  • Secretary of the Board, Northwestern Home for the Aged
    (non-proprietary nursing home facility)
  • Member, Illinois Judges Association
  • Member, Northwest Suburban Bar Association
  • Member, Decalogue Society of Lawyers
  • Member, Advocates Society of Lawyers
  • Certified Counselor, Lawyers Assistance Program
  • Participant, ABA National Criminal Justice Trial Advocacy Competition
  • Participant, Illinois Traffic Court Conference
  • Participant, National Judicial College, Domestic Violence
  • Participant, National Judicial College, DUI Training
  • Participant, Northwest Suburban Bar Association, Continuing Education Program
  • Recipient, Outstanding Service to the Judiciary, Northwest Suburban Bar Association Award
  • Recipient, Ninoy Aquino Movement Award for Freedom, Justice and Human Rights
  • Speaker, “Mediator Ethics,” 40-hour Mediation Skills Course, Northwestern University School of Continuing Studies
  • Evaluator & Collector of Fine Art, Antiques and Jewelry
  • Former Owner, Intuit Gallery of Chicago

Presentations and Publications

  • Presenter, Risk Management Plan, National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies

Education

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

Admissions

  • Illinois State Bar

Over the years, I have worked with many mediators and settled many class actions.   A case I brought to ADR Systems proved to be the most difficult.  Through great efforts, Judge McGann guided us to a deal.  I do not believe any other mediator I’ve worked with could have settled this case.  Judge McGann is a joy to work with, and at the top of my list.

Kenneth Payson, Esq.Davis Wright Tremaine LLP