ADR Systems


Hon. Joseph N. Casciato, (Ret.)


Hon. Joseph N. Casciato, (Ret.) is a senior mediator and arbitrator at ADR Systems. His trademark is his ability to guide even the most recalcitrant parties to settlement, settling more than 91% of his mediations. He is well known for his thorough case preparation, positive attitude and pleasant personality.

Types of Cases Resolved

  • Bad Faith
  • Business Dissolution
  • Class Action
  • Construction
  • Construction Accidents
  • Contract
  • Employment
  • Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA)
  • Fiduciary Duty
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Nursing Home
  • Partnership Dispute
  • Personal Injury
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Property Damage
  • Re-Insurance
  • Retaliatory Discharge
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Wrongful Termination

ADR Experience and Qualifications

  • Since joining ADR Systems in 2004, Judge Casciato has successfully pre-tried, mediated or arbitrated more than 2,600 cases
  • 22-year judicial career including Circuit Court of Cook County, served in Law Jury; presided over Motion Call of the Law Division involving litigation of tort, contract, UCC and jurisdictional issues for 12 years
  • 10-year legal career including Of Counsel at Rusin Maciorowski & Friedman, Ltd. and Assistant Corporate Counsel, City of Chicago; Associate, William J. Harte, Ltd.

Representative Cases

  • In Re Salmonella Litigation:  Class Action; mediation of more than 1,000 cases, Jewel Tea Company
  • Abassi v. Paraskevoulakos:  Decisive lead paint litigation
  • Sprietsma v. Mercury Marine:  Federal preemption and product liability issues (ultimately decided in United States Supreme Court)
  • Burger v. Lutheran General Hospital:  Medical malpractice Petrillo Doctrine
  • Parinello, et al. v. Catercorp, Inc., et al.:  E-Coli Class Action with substantial insurance coverage disputes, settling more than 4,500 claims
  • Varelis v. Northwestern Memorial Hospital:  Medical malpractice and wrongful death
  • Wrightwood Premises Liability Porch Collapse:  Coordination of discovery and pre-trial motions
  • Litigation of Congressional Redistricting (1980):  U.S. District Court, U.S. Supreme Court

Professional Activities and Awards

  • Appointed by Governor to Illinois Racing Board
  • Illinois Supreme Court Discovery Committee Chairman
  • Adjunct Professor for 12 years, DePaul University College of Law, Civil Litigation, Tort Contracts and Complex Litigation
  • Lecturer, series of lectures on Complex Litigation and Civil Procedure
  • Lecturer, Chicago Bar Association, Motion Practice Seminars; Law Division, Circuit Court of Cook County; Young Lawyers Section, Chicago Bar Association; Moot Court Series; Illinois State Bar Association; Supreme Court Judicial Conference, Summary Judgments
  • Appreciation Award, Chicago Bar Association Young Lawyers Section
  • Member, Justinian Law Society; Illinois Judges Association; Chicago Bar Association; Illinois State Bar Association
  • Cabrini Green Legal Clinic Contributor
  • Leading Lawyers, Top 10 ADR: Personal Injury Neutrals


  • J.D., DePaul University College of Law, Dean’s List
    • Bancroft-Whitney Award for Excellence in Commercial Law
  • B.A., Loyola University


  • Illinois State Bar

I was extremely pleased with a recent mediation at ADR Systems. The mediators constitute a veritable "who's who" of top-notch practitioners and former jurists with a wealth of experience across the legal spectrum.  I strongly recommend ADR Systems for even the most complex and contentious of cases.

Hillard M. Sterling, Esq.Sterling Tech Law | Waveland Law Group, LLC