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Amid the Violence, a Police Department at the Crossroads [Crain’s Chicago Business]

Dick Devine, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Criminal Defense & Criminal Investigations practice, discusses the Chicago Police Department in Crain’s Chicago Business. The mayor and police superintendent are looking for effective law enforcement strategies to stem the loss of life in our community. At the same time, they are pushing to reform the Chicago Police Department in the wake of a recent Department of Justice report that criticizes the police on many fronts, especially the handling of cases where use of excessive force is alleged.

To read the article, click here.

Resolute Mediator Russell Hartigan Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Judge Russell Hartigan was the featured keynote speaker at the Illinois Local Government Lawyers Association 2017 annual conference where he received a Lifetime Achievement award from the organization.  Judge Hartigan spoke at the conference on February 20, 2017 at Northern Illinois University, Naperville Campus in Naperville, Illinois.

The Illinois Local Government Lawyers Association is a not-for-profit professional organization founded in 1992 to serve the needs of the practicing local government attorney. Since its inception, the Association has served as a conduit for the timely publications, workshops, conferences and website. The Association enables local government lawyers to share information and solutions to problems of mutual interest by providing an open forum for the exchange of ideas and “no holds barred” discussions of issues. Membership in the Association is open to all attorneys licensed to practice law in Illinois and actively representing local government.

For more information, contact Judge Hartigan at 312-860-5327.

Chicago Mediator Faustin Pipal Conducts Commercial Mediation CLE

Resolute Systems Mediator Faustin Pipal presented a Commercial Mediation CLE for the Business Law Network on Feb 9, 2017. The presentation highlighted mediating commercial disputes, including an overview of the mediation process, and tips on preparing for–and conducting–successful commercial mediations from his perspective as a mediator for 24 years. Faustin Pipal frequently presents CLE’s to legal associations, law firms and bar associations throughout Chicago.

The Business Law Network is a network of lawyers and boutique law firms that address the many needs of middle market and small businesses. By collaborating on a case-by-case basis, member lawyers are able to provide the breadth of experience businesses have come to expect from larger law firms, without sacrificing the client-focused attention that is the hallmark of boutique firms and solo practices. Members of the Business Law Network have developed professional relationships with other experienced business law attorneys in a variety of practice areas, allowing them to find the appropriate resources for their clients’ complex legal needs.

For more information on Faustin Pipal’s CLE courses, please contact Mike Weinzierl at 312.346.3770, x125 or Additional information on the Business Law Network can be found at

Three Resolute Chicago Panelists Named Super Lawyers in ADR

Resolute Systems is pleased to congratulate Chicago Panelists Michael Clancy, Jennifer Duncan-Brice and Faustin Pipal on being named 2017 Super Lawyers in Alternative Dispute Resolution.

Judge Jennifer Duncan-Brice Photo

Judge Jennifer Duncan-Brice

Faustin Pipal photo

Faustin Pipal, Esq.

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Michael W. Clancy, Esq.

Very few Chicago mediators make the cut:  Every year Super Lawyers selects attorneys using a patented selection process that involves peer nominations, independent research and peer evaluations. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. Selections are made on an annual, state-by-state basis. The objective is to create a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of outstanding attorneys that can be used as a resource for attorneys and consumers searching for legal counsel.*

Please call 312.346.3770 to schedule your case.

* Super Lawyers selection process as outlined at

Hon. Russell Hartigan, ret. joins Resolute’s Chicago Panel

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Judge Russell Hartigan brings his judicial experience combined with his extensive experience litigating civil matters to his private mediation and arbitration practice.  During his judicial tenure, Judge Hartigan was known as a highly effective pre-trial mediator, helping lawyers and their clients resolve pending litigation through the mediation process. Judge Hartigan is President Elect of the Illinois Bar Association.

Judge Hartigan is available to serve as a mediator or arbitrator in a wide array of civil disputes.  Please call 312-346-3770 to submit your case.  View Russ Hartigan’s biography.

Hon. Russell Hartigan, ret.

Russell Hartigan photo

Judge Russell Hartigan is President of the Illinois bar, and partner at the law firm of Goldstine, Skrodzki, Russian, Nemec and Hoff, Ltd.  He brings his judicial experience combined with his extensive experience litigating civil matters to his private mediation and arbitration practice.  During his judicial tenure, Judge Hartigan was known as a highly effective pre-trial mediator, helping lawyers and their clients resolve pending litigation through the mediation process.  He was rated “Highly Recommended” by the Chicago Bar Association and the Illinois State Bar Association for Circuit and Appellate Courts.

For more information, go to Russell Hartigan’s website or see Russell Hartigan’s biography.

Jonah Orlofsky, Esq.

Jonah Orlofsky, Esq. photoMr. Orlofsky began mediating and arbitrating cases in 2011 and since then has resolved hundreds of cases in a wide range of areas, including insurance coverage disputes, class actions, attorney-fee disputes, real estate disputes, employments claims, consumer claims, and securities fraud. He has extensive training in both facilitative and evaluative mediation techniques and uses what is appropriate based upon the nature of the case and the needs and desires of the parties. Mr. Orlofsky is a certified mediator in the Cook County Law and Chancery Divisions, as well as the Lake and Will County mediation programs. He is also a mediator and arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association and FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority).

View Jonah Orlofsky’s printable bio.