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Haddad

Hon. William J. Haddad, (Ret.)

Illinois

Hon. William J. Haddad, (Ret.) applies his vast business experience, legal knowledge and gregarious personality to all of his mediations and arbitrations.  His commitment to alternative dispute resolution is reflected in his focused energy and proven results.  He is a frequent presenter on a wide variety of legal topics and takes an active role in the community.  As a lawyer, former judge and successful businessman, Judge Haddad brings unique insight and expertise to the resolution process.

Types of Cases Resolved

  • American Disability Act (ADA)
  • Auto Liability
  • Class Action
  • Condominium Board Dispute
  • Construction
  • Construction Accidents
  • Contract
  • Copyright
  • Directors & Officers (D&O)
  • Employment
  • Environmental
  • Errors & Omissions (E&O)
  • Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA)
  • Fee Dispute
  • Fiduciary Duty
  • Harassment
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Intellectual Property
  • Landlord-Tenant
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Non-Compete
  • Nursing Home
  • Partnership Dispute
  • Patent
  • Personal Injury
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Property Damage
  • Real Estate
  • Stockholder Derivative Actions
  • Subrogation
  • Tax
  • Toxic Tort
  • Trademark
  • Unfair Competition
  • Uninsured & Underinsured Motorist (UM&UIM)
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Wrongful Death
  • Wrongful Termination

ADR Experience and Qualifications

  • Since joining ADR Systems in 2013, Judge Haddad has served as a full-time mediator, arbitrator and tri-panel chair
  • 10-year judicial career as a Judge in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Law Division and Trial Section, 2003-2013
  • 40-year legal career including 18 years as a civil litigation Partner at Schlack & Associates, 1985-2003
  • Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney, Felony Trial Division, 1974-1981
  • Adjunct Professor, Trial Advocacy, at John Marshall School of Law, 2004-present
  • Director and Founding Board Member, United Bancorp, dba United Trust Bank of Bridgeview, Illinois, 2000-2003
  • President, United States Mutual Association, Inc., a pre-employment service company that works with some of the nation’s largest banks, hotels and retailers, Chicago, 1998-2000
  • Approved Mediator, Circuit Court of Cook County

Representative Cases

  • Business Dissolution and Contract: complicated case involving a closely held company; case mediated and buyout arrangements settled; settlement agreement included an arbitration clause in the event issues in effectuating the agreement occurred; problems arose and the parties went to arbitration; with perseverance, a valuation of the company was mediated and resolved over several months, allowing the buy-out agreed to in mediation to go forward
  • Construction Accident: plaintiff suffered injury that would require multiple future surgeries; case settled due to rigorous post-mediation follow-up
  • Personal Injury: emotionally-charged matter involving disabled plaintiff who suffered from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder as a result of an accident
  • Wrongful Death: teenager struck in the head during an altercation with the defendant that caused brain hemorrhage; case settled for $1 million

Professional Activities and Awards

  • Supreme Court Capital Litigation Trial Bar Screening Committee
  • Governor’s Anti-Terrorism Transition Task Force, (Hate Crime Prevention Plan)
  • Chair, Board of Visitors, Northern Illinois University College of Law
  • Member, National District Attorneys Association
  • Member, Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Member, Chicago Bar Association (CBA)
  • Member, Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA)
  • Former Member, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA)
  • Former President, West Suburban Bar Association (WSBA)
  • Former President (founder), Suburban Bar Coalition of Cook County, Illinois
  • Former President (founder), Arab-American Bar Association of Illinois (AABA)
  • Former President and Scholarship Chair, Kiwanis Club of Riverside, Illinois
  • Former Chair, Legal Affairs, Mayor’s Advisory Council On Arab Affairs
  • Former Chair, Mayor’s Task Force on Arab American Affairs
  • Graduate Advisory Board, Robert Morris College
  • Former Chair, Illinois Law Consortium for Palestinian Legal Education (via United States Agency for International Development)
  • Former Chair, Arab-American Religious Leaders of Chicago
  • Moraine Valley Community College Foundation
  • Former Board Member, Our Lady of Lebanon Catholic Church
  • Former Chair, Crime Prevention Awards Committee, Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce
  • Vice-President, Arab American Business & Professional Association and current Emeritus Board Member
  • Leadership Award, Chicago Commission on Human Relations
  • Distinguished Service Award, Suburban Bar Coalition of Cook County
  • Honorary Alumnus Award, Northern Illinois University College of Law
  • Annual Award for Excellence in the Field of Law, St. Ignatius College Preparatory School
  • Community Leadership Award, Muslim Bar Association
  • Cedar Award, Chicago Lebanese Club
  • President’s Award, Phoenician Club of Chicago
  • Distinguished Service Award, Arab American Professional Association & Caucus
  • Vanguard Award, CBA
  • Crime Stoppers Special Recognition Award, Crime Stoppers of Chicago
  • Distinguished Service Award, AABA
  • Board of Governors Professional Service Award, ISBA
  • Man of the Year Award, Midwest Federation of Clubs

Presentations and Publications

  • Presenter, “Governmental War Measures After 9/11,” U.S. Commission on Civil Rights
  • Presenter, “Anti-Terrorism Act of 1995 & Secret Evidence, International Law Section,” ABA Convention
  • Presenter, “Examining How We Can Improve the Litigation Process in Illinois,” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin Annual Judges Symposium
  • Presenter, “Empty Chair Defense,” Northwest Suburban Bar, Forum on Civil Litigation
  • Presenter, “Civil Trial Litigation,” National Business Institute (NBI) – Judicial Forum
  • Presenter, “Electronic Evidence,” ISBA Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Seminar
  • Presenter, “Breaking Barriers, Building Bridges Conference,” CBA CLE Seminar
  • Presenter, “Greater Diversity in the Judiciary,” ISBA Diversity Leadership Council
  • Presenter, “Anatomy of a Trial,” ISBA Tort Law Section
  • Presenter, “Ethics and Professionalism for Prosecutors,” Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office
  • Presenter, “Proximate Cause Issues in Medical Malpractice Cases,” ITLA
    Presenter, “Examining How We Can Improve the Litigation Process in Illinois,” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin Annual Judges Symposium
  • Presenter, “Empty Chair Defense,” Northwest Suburban Bar, Forum on Civil Litigation
  • Presenter, “Civil Trial Litigation,” NBI – Judicial Forum
  • Presenter, “Electronic Evidence,” ISBA CLE Seminar
  • Presenter, “Breaking Barriers, Building Bridges Conference,” CBA CLE Seminar
  • Presenter, “Greater Diversity in the Judiciary,” ISBA Diversity Leadership Council
  • Presenter, “Anatomy of a Trial,” ISBA Tort Law Section
  • Presenter, “Ethics and Professionalism for Prosecutors,” Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office
  • Presenter, “Proximate Cause Issues in Medical Malpractice Cases,” ITLA
  • Presenter, “Trial Practice Overview,” WSBA
  • Presenter, “Video Surveillance in Private Sector – Rights & Duties,” Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police
  • Presenter, “Judicial Perspective on Settlements & Liens,” Southwest Suburban Bar Association
  • Presenter, “Judicial Perspective on Settlements & Liens,” ITLA
  • Presenter, “Ethics, Leadership & Community Networking,” Robert Morris College
  • Presenter, International Law Program of Northern Illinois School of Law, Bordeaux School of Law
  • Presenter, “Arrest, Search & Seizure,” Cook County Sheriff’s Police Science Instructor
  • Presenter, “Contributions of Ancient Phoenician Civilization to the World,” Our Lady of Lebanon Catholic Church
  • Presenter, numerous CLE programs for ADR Systems on various topics
  • Author, “When Innocent are Made Victim,” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
  • Author, “Crawford, The Public-Records Hearsay Exception,” Illinois Bar Journal
  • Author, “Challenging Property Seizures Under Illinois Civil Asset Forfeiture Law,” Illinois Bar Journal
  • Author, “Impact of September 11th,” ISBA Constitutional Law Newsletter
  • Author, “Damage Photos & Experts,” Illinois Bar Journal
  • Author, “Authenticating E-Mail Evidence,” Illinois Bar Journal
  • Author, “Sole Proximate Cause: The ‘Empty Chair’ Defense in Illinois,” Illinois Bar Journal
  • Author, “Illinois Courts Consider Right to Jury Service,” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
  • Author, “7th Circuit Develops New E-Discovery for Illinois Courts,” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
  • Author, “Illinois Courts Consider Right to Jury Service,” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

Education

  • JD, De Paul University School of Law
  • BS/BA, Marquette University
  • Certificates of Advocacy, ITLA College of Advocacy and NITA
  • Diplomat of Trial Advocacy, Court Practice Institute (A. Morrill)

Admissions

  • Illinois State Bar
  • US Supreme Court
  • US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

Judge Billik truly went above and beyond to get a difficult insurance coverage case resolved.  His knowledge of the law and people skills were instrumental in achieving settlement.  I mediate cases all over the country and Judge Billik is one of the best mediators I have ever encountered.  He is a credit to your company.

Gerald W. Huston, PartnerHuston, May & Fayez, LLC