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Judge Bernthal: Tip for a Successful Mediation

Judge Bernthal: Tip for a Successful Mediation

October 18, 2017

In celebration of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) National Mediation Week, we are asking three of our senior mediators and arbitrators to provide their most important tips for a successful mediation. Hon. David G. Bernthal, (Ret.): “Attorneys need to prepare their client as to the procedure and what to expect in the mediation. The attorney […]

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ADR Systems Debuts Mini Mediation Brochure

ADR Systems Debuts Mini Mediation Brochure

October 17, 2017

In celebration of National Mediation Week, ADR Systems is pleased to announce a miniature version of the brochure Mediation: What to Expect. This guide provides attorneys an easier way to explain mediation to their clients. The smaller brochure details the basics of mediation, the role of the mediator and outlines what happens before, during and […]

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New Alternative Fee Program for ISBA Members

New Alternative Fee Program for ISBA Members

October 16, 2017

Have you ever had a case where the cost to litigate was likely to exceed the amount in dispute? When this occurs, the best approach is to work with opposing counsel to settle the case. However, these “smaller” cases may not be easy to resolve. To help lawyers and their clients dispose of these cases […]

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Judge Washington to Participate in Mediation Roundtable

Judge Washington to Participate in Mediation Roundtable

October 16, 2017

Hon. Edward Washington II, (Ret.) will be participating in a roundtable discussion at the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) on hot topics in mediation. “This is an excellent opportunity for attorneys to hear first-hand accounts about mediation from a retired judge’s perspective,” Judge Washington said. Judge Washington will be participating in the final panel session […]

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ADR Systems to Host Central Illinois Mediation Day

ADR Systems to Host Central Illinois Mediation Day

October 13, 2017

ADR Systems is hosting its first Central Illinois Mediation Day with Hon. David G. Bernthal, (Ret.), senior mediator and arbitrator. Judge Bernthal will mediate consecutive two-hour sessions in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois on December 11th from 9:00am – 5:00pm. “The abbreviated sessions with the reduced charge give parties a chance to mediate a case that is close […]

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CBA to Host Summit Discussing Challenges in Chicago’s Legal Community

CBA to Host Summit Discussing Challenges in Chicago’s Legal Community

October 3, 2017

The Chicago Bar Association (CBA) will host a summit on the Future of the Practice of Law in Chicago on Thursday, October 5th, to discuss challenges facing the legal profession. The summit will bring together 62 committee members including lawyers from diverse practice areas, law schools, the judicial system and government service. Among the committee […]

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Hon. Lynn M. Egan, (Ret.) now at ADR Systems

Hon. Lynn M. Egan, (Ret.) now at ADR Systems

October 2, 2017

ADR Systems is pleased to announce that Hon. Lynn M. Egan, (Ret.) has joined our panel of senior mediators and arbitrators. Judge Egan has nearly 22 years of judicial experience in the Cook County Circuit Court. Hundreds of cases were transferred to her for settlement conferences. “In my time on the bench, doing voluntary pre-trial […]

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“It Must Be Somebody’s Fault”: Judge Bernthal Takes Inspiration from ADR Systems Photo

“It Must Be Somebody’s Fault”: Judge Bernthal Takes Inspiration from ADR Systems Photo

September 22, 2017

Champaign, Illinois – Hon. David G. Bernthal, (Ret.), senior mediator and arbitrator at ADR Systems, published a column in the Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette entitled, “Three disputes, three jobs well done.” In the article, Judge Bernthal references a photograph by Pierpaolo Ferrari hanging in the reception area of ADR Systems’ dispute resolution center. The photograph is a […]

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Inside Arbitration: Starting Out Right

Inside Arbitration: Starting Out Right

September 21, 2017

We sat down with Hon. Clifford L. Meacham, (Ret.) and Hon. Stuart A. Nudelman, (Ret.), senior mediators and arbitrators at ADR Systems, to discuss some of the finer points of arbitration.  Together, Judges Meacham and Nudelman have more than 60 years of experience overseeing trials and arbitrations.  They have seen what works and what does […]

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Article Outlines What Counsel Should Consider Before Filing for Arbitration

Article Outlines What Counsel Should Consider Before Filing for Arbitration

September 14, 2017

ADR Systems has recently published an article in CLM Magazine that discusses important considerations for counsel before commencing the arbitration process. The article, entitled “The Art of Arbitration,” captures the insight of several knowledgeable attorneys and arbitrators. The panel included: Anne Blume, co-managing partner, Cozen O’Connor; Kevin R. Sido, Esq., partner, Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP […]

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Judge Burke mediated a settlement in a matter where the parties were extremely far apart, with almost no common ground.  He pushed both sides to rethink their positions, outlined a post-conference approach and made himself available on short notice.  I do not believe anyone else could have settled the matter.  He will be my first choice for future mediations.

Lisa M. Lilly, Esq.Lisa M. Lilly Law