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“Building Bridges:  The Art of Mediation,” is the title of a panel presentation that will be hosted by the Association for Corporate Counsel (ACC) and delivered twice.  The first will be a downtown lunch program in Chicago on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 featuring Hon. Michael R. Panter, Ret., senior mediator and arbitrator, ADR Systems. The second presentation will be a suburban breakfast program in Oakbrook on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 featuring Hon. Richard J. Billik, Ret., senior mediator and arbitrator, ADR Systems.

In addition to Judges Panter and Billik, other panelists include Michael J. Weber and Grace Winkler Cranley, partners, Dinsmore & Shohl LLP along with Christine M. Koman, systems claims counsel for Edward-Elmhurst Helathcare.  The panelists will share their viewpoints as mediators, outside counsel, and in-house counsel regarding how to effectively and artfully position oneself at the settlement table.

Judge Billik has extensive experience in business and contractual disputes, antitrust, and real estate matters, among others.  Following law school, Judge Billik worked at the U.S. Department of Justice and was in private practice.  He also served in the Cook County Circuit Court Chancery Division for 12 years during his 20-year long judicial career, where he excelled at settling cases.  During his time on the bench, Judge Billik was well known for his diligence, efficiency and fairness.

For Judge Billik’s full bio, click here.

Judge Panter has nearly 40 years of legal experience and has won acclaim for his settlement abilities during his time as a Cook County Circuit Court Judge.  While on the bench, Judge Panter settled a variety of cases, including medical malpractice claims, construction accidents, motor vehicle accidents, along with commercial cases involving contracts, property damage, and fire subrogation.  Judge Panter brings a broad perspective to his practice, having served both as a neutral and as an advocate in hundreds of mediations and arbitrations.  He is known for his thorough and intelligent approach to settlements and the boundless energy he brings to the dispute resolution process.

For Judge Panter’s full bio, click here.

To register, click here.  The ACC will provide one general MCLE credit hour for each program.

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Judge Burke is an excellent mediator.  He has one of the best demeanors of any judge I have appeared before in court.  He is also one of the most knowledgeable mediators as well.  His background provides him with an innate ability to spot the issues early on.  He works hard to get it done.  I would not hesitate for a second to use him again.

Mark Bazzanella, Esq.Mark Bazzanella Law Offices