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Resolute Systems’ mediators capture top two spots in Midwest Mediators 2017 rankings

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Faustin Pipal, Esq.

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Judge Jennifer Duncan-Brice

Resolute Systems’ mediators captured the top two spots in the 2017 ranking of Midwest mediators the company announced. Faustin Pipal, of Resolute’s Chicago office, was ranked the number 1 mediator in the Midwest.  Former Chicago Judge Jennifer Duncan-Brice was ranked the number 2 mediator in the Midwest in the Annual Best of the Midwest Reader Rankings from The National Law Journal. Resolute Systems was named the top ADR provider in the Midwest in the same rankings.

“We congratulate Faustin Pipal and Jennifer Duncan-Brice for again being recognized by the Midwest legal community as the top mediators in the Midwest,” said Michael Weinzierl, Resolute Systems VP.  “Both Faustin Pipal and Jennifer Duncan-Brice mediate tough complex cases not only in Illinois, but throughout the Midwest.  They have established themselves among the most sought after mediators in the region.”

According to The National Law Journal, more than 1,000 readers cast votes in the survey. The National Law Journal has the largest paid circulation of any weekly publication serving the national legal community. It is owned by ALM, the preeminent 172-year-old legal publishing company.

For more information, contact Mike Weinzierl at 800-776-6060, x125 or mweinzierl@resolutesystems.com.

Resolute Systems Opens Expanded Chicago Office

Resolute Systems is pleased to announce the opening of its new Chicago office at 100 South Wacker Drive in the heart of the Loop. The office opened August 1, 2017. It features expanded conference, caucus and waiting rooms, as well as Wi-Fi. Resolute will continue to offer complementary lunches to our clients during mediation sessions.

“We are very happy with our new facility,” said Resolute Mediator Faustin A. Pipal. “The new space accommodates multiple mediations in a relaxed atmosphere conducive to resolving disputes.”

Serving the Chicago legal community since 1988, Resolute offers top-tier neutrals including former state appellate and federal judges, as well as Attorney neutrals.

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 mweinzierl@resolutesystems.com. Additional information on the Business Law Network can be found at http://bizlawnetwork.com.

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.

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Judge Jennifer Duncan-Brice

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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 www.superlawyers.com/about.html.

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.

Resolute Mediators Take Top Three Positions in Midwest Mediator Rankings

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Judge Jennifer Duncan-Brice

Resolute Systems’ mediators finished 1, 2 and 3 in a 2016 ranking of Midwest Mediators the company announced. Former Chicago Judge Jennifer Duncan-Brice was ranked the top mediator in the Midwest, followed by Chicago-based mediators Faustin Pipal and Michael Clancy in the Annual Best of the Midwest Reader Rankings from The National Law Journal. Resolute Systems was named the top ADR provider in the Midwest in the same rankings.

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Faustin Pipal, Esq.

“We are extremely pleased with these results,” said Michael Weinzierl, vice president of Resolute Systems. “Jennifer Duncan-Brice and Faustin Pipal have been previously ranked among the top mediators in Chicago. Having Mike Clancy join them to form the top three mediators in the Midwest is outstanding.”

Weinzierl also added that it was an honor for Resolute Systems to be named the top ADR firm in the Midwest in the survey as well.

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Michael W. Clancy, Esq.

According to The National Law Journal, more than 1,000 readers cast votes in the survey. The National Law Journal has the largest paid circulation of any weekly publication serving the national legal community. It is owned by ALM, the preeminent 172-year-old legal publishing company.

For more information, contact Mike Weinzierl at 800-776-6060, x125 or mweinzierl@resolutesystems.com.

Resolute Mediators Finish On Top of Chicago Mediator Survey For Second Straight Year

For the second consecutive year, Resolute Systems mediators Faustin Pipal and Jennifer Duncan-Brice placed First and Second in the mediator category in the Third Annual National Law Journal Best of Chicago 2015 Reader Rankings. Resolute Systems was named the Top ADR Provider in Chicago as well for the second straight year.

Faustin Pipal photo“We are very happy for Faustin Pipal and Jennifer Duncan-Brice,” said Michael E. Weinzierl, Vice President of Resolute Systems. “They are exceptional mediators, and being recognized again by the Chicago legal community is a tremendous honor. I think this shows how highly regarded Frosty and Jennifer are by the lawyers who mediate with them.”
Faustin Pipal was voted the Best Individual Mediator in Chicago, and Jennifer Duncan-Brice was voted Top Two Best Individual Mediator in Chicago in the 2015 reader survey.

“Finishing first in the readership survey is extremely gratifying,” Faustin Pipal said. “I really appreciate the opportunity to work with the Chicago legal community, and I can’t thank them enough for this honor.”

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Jennifer Duncan-Brice attributes her success as a mediator to thorough preparation and not giving up on getting the case resolved.  “I think it’s important to come to every mediation prepared and committed to the process,” she said. “I try to take this approach, and I think that helps me be an effective mediator.”

According to the National Law Journal , over 1,400 readers cast votes in the 2015 survey.  Only the Chicago Legal Community was allowed to vote. The National Law Journal has the largest paid circulation of any weekly publication serving the national legal community. It is owned by ALM, the preeminent 171-year-old legal publishing company.

For more information, contact Mike Weinzierl at mweinzierl@resolutesystems.com or 312.346.3770, x125.

St. Charles Office and Conference Center Opened

Resolute Systems is pleased to announce the opening of its suburban office in St. Charles, Illinois.  The Conference Center, located at 255 38th Avenue in downtown St. Charles, will offer Resolute clients the option of a suburban location to host their mediation and arbitration conferences.

“Our business in the suburbs and downstate has been increasing over the last several years, especially as we have been mediating more medical, hospital and nursing home malpractice cases,” said Resolute Systems vice president Michael E. Weinzierl.  “Having a team of mediators with expertise in med-mal cases is drawing mediations from all over the state.  We found that many times lawyers and their clients did not want to come all the way downtown to mediate.  Now when lawyers from the suburbs or downstate mediate with Mike Clancy, Faustin Pipal or Jennifer Duncan-Brice, they have the option of a western location in addition to our Chicago Loop location.”

Resolute Systems mediator Faustin Pipal said that the location will be convenient for his clients.  “St. Charles is a great location,” he said. “Many of our clients have said they would like a viable suburban location that is easy to reach from the burbs and downstate.”

According to Resolute Systems mediator Michael Clancy, approximately 25% of the mediations he conducts are downstate or in the suburbs. “People don’t always want to come into Chicago for a mediation.  I get that,” he said.  “And with the amount of Kane, DuPage and Will counties cases we mediate, it just made sense to have a real presence here.

The Conference Center opened July 1, 2015.  To Map the Location, click here.  For more information, please contact Mike Weinzierl at mweinzierl@resolutesystems.com or 312.346.3770, x125.

Resolute Systems Named Best ADR Provider in Chicago

Resolute Mediators Faustin Pipal and Jennifer Duncan-Brice place First and Second in The National Law Journal Best of Chicago Reader Survey Mediator Rankings

September 2, 2014–Resolute Systems mediators Faustin Pipal and Jennifer
Duncan-Brice placed First and Second in the mediator category in the Second Annual
Best of Chicago Reader Rankings from The National Law Journal the company
announced today. Resolute Systems was named the Top ADR Provider in Chicago as
well.

“This is a tremendous honor for Faustin Pipal and Jennifer Duncan-Brice, as well
as for Resolute Systems,” said Michael E. Weinzierl, Vice President of Resolute Systems.
“For 25 years, Resolute has been providing exceptional mediation services in Chicago
and nationally. To receive these recognitions from the Chicago legal community is
extremely gratifying.”

Faustin Pipal was voted the Best Individual Mediator in Chicago, and Jennifer
Duncan-Brice was voted Top Two Best Individual Mediator in Chicago in the reader
survey.

“I am very pleased to have finished first in the readership survey,” Faustin Pipal
said. “Each day I focus my mediation practice on helping Chicago lawyers and their
clients resolve disputes. This vote of confidence from Chicago lawyers is humbling.”
Jennifer Duncan-Brice, who retired from the Cook County Law Division in 2011
to pursue a mediation career, said she was honored to finish in the Top Two. “There are
many superb mediators in Chicago,” she said. “To finish in the Top Two in the NLJ
survey is very rewarding.”

According to The National Law Journal, over 1,200 readers cast votes in the 2014
survey. Only the Chicago Legal Community was allowed to vote. The National Law
Journal has the largest paid circulation of any weekly publication serving the national
legal community. It is owned by ALM, the preeminent 170-year-old legal publishing
company.

For more information, contact Mike Weinzierl at mweinzierl@resolutesystems.com or 312.346.3770, x125.

Leading Chicago Med-Mal Mediator Joins

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April 11, 2014–Michael W. Clancy, a highly regarded Chicago Medical Malpractice Mediator, has joined Resolute Systems the firm announced today.

“We are extremely pleased and excited to announce that Mike Clancy has joined Resolute’s Chicago Team to provide mediation and arbitration services,” said Ryan J. Hamilton, President of Resolute Systems, LLC. “Mike is one of the most effective medical malpractice, hospital negligence and nursing home negligence mediators in the Midwest.  We are delighted to make his services available to our Chicago and Midwestern clients.”

Clancy began his mediation practice in 2006.  Although more than half of the cases Clancy mediates are Medical Malpractice cases, he has helped litigants resolve a wide range of disputes including auto and truck accidents, premises liability and construction, as well as probate and real estate disputes.

“I really enjoy helping people resolve their disputes,” Clancy said.  “Medical Malpractice, Hospital Negligence and Nursing Home cases can be especially challenging cases to mediate.  These disputes are often faceted with liability, emotional and economic issues.  When we get these cases settled, it brings closure to the parties both emotionally and financially.”

Clancy will mediate out of Resolute’s Chicago office at 150 South Wacker Drive.  Additionally, he will continue mediating out of his suburban St. Charles office, which will now expand to host Resolute Systems suburban mediations as well.

“Mike is an excellent addition to our Chicago team,” said Michael E. Weinzierl, Vice President of Resolute Systems.  “He joins an elite group of mediators.”

Clancy is in his fourth decade as a trial lawyer. As a litigator, Mr. Clancy limits his practice to the representation of seriously injured people and their families. He has tried cases in four states in both state and federal court.

For more information, contact Mike Clancy at 630.584.7666 or Mike Weinzierl at 312.346.3770, ext. 125.  You can also visit Clancy’s website at www.clancymediations.com.