Author: Helen Koronka

Hon. Richard J. Sankovitz, ret.

Richard J Sankovitz pictureJudge Richard Sankovitz is a distinguished former Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge who began his legal career practicing in Chicago. He mediates out of Resolute’s Chicago and Milwaukee offices.  As an attorney, his practice concentrated in business and commercial litigation. He advocated for clients in state and federal court at both the trial and appellate levels. He litigated a wide variety of disputes on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants.  While sitting as a judge, he we recommended to both President Obama and President Trump by the Wisconsin Federal Nominating Commission and Wisconsin’s Senators for nomination to the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, and for nomination to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin.  For more information, go to Rick Sankovitz’s WebPages ( https://sankovitzmediation.com/ ) or see Rick Sankovitz’s printable bio.

Hon. J. Edward Prochaska, ret.

Hon. J. Edward Prochaska, ret. pictureJudge J. Edward Prochaska served as a Winnebago County Circuit Judge from 1996 to his retirement in December of 2018. A highly respected jurist and attorney, Judge Prochaska was known for his effectiveness at resolving civil litigation through the mediated settlement conference process. He was the Presiding Judge of the 17th Circuit Civil Division (2010-2018).  From 2007 to 2018, Judge Prochaska sat in the Law, Chancery & Miscellaneous Remedies division, where he conducted hundreds of successful settlement conferences. He successfully facilitated many multi-million dollar settlements, including two settlements over $10 million.

View J. Edward Prochaska’s printable bio.

Resolute Systems Welcomes Retired Judge J. Edward Prochaska

Hon. J. Edward Prochaska, ret. pictureResolute Systems is pleased to welcome former Winnebago County Judge J. Edward Prochaska to its team of dispute resolution professionals.  Judge Prochaska will mediate out of Rockford as well as our Chicago office.

Judge Prochaska served as a Circuit Judge from 1996 to his retirement in December of 2018. A highly respected jurist and attorney, Judge Prochaska was known for his effectiveness at resolving civil litigation through the mediated settlement conference process. He was the Presiding Judge of the 17th Circuit Civil Division (2010-2018).  From 2007 to 2018, Judge Prochaska sat in the Law, Chancery & Miscellaneous Remedies division, where he conducted hundreds of successful settlement conferences. He successfully facilitated many multi-million dollar settlements, including two settlements over $10 million.

Jonah Orlofsky Participates on Center for Conflict Resolution Panel

Jonah Orlofsky, Esq. photoResolute Systems mediator Jonah Orlofsky participated in a September 17, 2018 presentation to the Center for Conflict Resolution regarding video conferencing and mediation.

The program was entitled:  Video Conference Mediation:  How It’s Being Used, And What The Future Holds.  Mr. Orlofsky was part of a three-person panel and spoke about his experience with Zoom technology for conducting mediations.

Peggy Foley Jones

Peggy Foley Jones pictureAs a mediator, arbitrator and former judge, Ms. Jones’ experience and skills have yielded positive results for her clients. Ms. Jones offers a way to resolve disputes
through methods that are private, creative and practical for all parties. Using her experience and knowledge as a state and appellate court judge, Ms. Jones is uniquely qualified to expediently resolve a variety of disputes.

View Peggy Foley Jones’ printable biography.

Faustin Pipal addresses the Association of Attorney Mediators

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Faustin Pipal, Esq.

Resolute Systems mediator Faustin Pipal addressed the Association of Attorney Mediators (AAM) on September 11, 2018 in Chicago.  Pipal discussed developing a successful mediation practice while maintaining a law practice. Faustin Pipal has mediated over 2,500 cases since beginning his mediation practice in 1993.  He has been litigating cases since 1980, and he draws on his experience as an accomplished trial attorney during the mediation process.  Mr. Pipal concentrates his mediation practice on the resolution of wrongful death, substantial personal injury, construction accidents, trucking accidents, professional malpractice and employment matters.

Resolute Systems is pleased to welcome former Cook County Judge Robert W. Bertucci

Hon. Robert W. Bertucci, ret. pictureResolute Systems is pleased to welcome former Cook County Judge Robert W. Bertucci to its Chicago team of dispute resolution professionals.  From 2001 until his retirement from the bench in 2018, Judge Bertucci served in the County Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County where he was the Assignment Judge for tax deed cases and presided over annexation, civil forfeiture, election, mental health and property tax cases.  He concentrates his ADR practice on financial, commercial, contract and business disputes, but mediates other civil matters as well.

To schedule mediation with Judge Bertucci, please call (312) 346-3770, x125 or email mweinzierl@resolutesystems.com.

Resolute Systems is pleased to welcome Judge Patrick F. Lustig

Hon. Patrick Lusting, ret. picture

Resolute Systems is pleased to welcome Judge Patrick F. Lustig to our Chicago team of Dispute Resolution Professionals.  For the past 17 years, Judge Lustig has served as an Associate Judge in the Circuit Court of Cook County in both the Law and Municipal Divisions in jury trial rooms.

Because of his reputation as a fair and equitable judge, both plaintiff and defense attorneys would agree to have their cases transferred to him from other judge’s calendars for pre-trial purposes so he could assist them in achieving a successful resolution of their cases. His “big picture” vision and practical approach to dispute resolution made him a “go to judge” for resolution of some of the most difficult and complex cases.

Judge Lustig concentrates his mediation practice on the resolution of:

  • Medical Malpractice
  • Hospital Negligence
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Substantial Personal Injury
  • Construction Disputes
  • Business & Commercial Disputes

To schedule mediation with Judge Lustig, please call 312.346.3770 or email mweinzierl@resolutesystems.com  We also encourage you to visit his WebPages at www.patricklustigmediation.com for more information.

Hon. Robert W Bertucci, ret.

Hon. Robert W. Bertucci, ret. picture

From 2001 until his retirement from the bench in 2018, Judge Bertucci served in the County Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County where he was the Assignment Judge for tax deed cases and presided over annexation, civil forfeiture, election, mental health and property tax cases.  He concentrates his ADR practice on financial, commercial, contract and business disputes, but mediates other civil matters as well.

For more information, see Bob Bertucci’s printable biography.

Hon. Patrick F. Lustig, ret.

Hon. Patrick Lusting, ret. pictureJudge Patrick F. Lustig, a highly respected judge and attorney, brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to his private mediation practice. With over 36 years of civil litigation experience as both a Judge and practicing attorney, he has established an excellent reputation in the legal community for his knowledge of the law, fairness and ability to help parties resolve disputes that they are unable to resolve on their own.

For more information, go to Patrick Lustig’s website or see Patrick Lustig’s printable biography.

Dick Devine raises questions in Death Penalty debate

Dick Devine, of counsel in Cozen O’Connor’s Criminal Defense and Internal Investigations practice, offers his insights into the ongoing legislative debates around capital punishment in Illinois. In a guest column published in the June 6 edition of the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, the former Cook County State’s Attorney for more than a decade prior to joining Cozen O’Connor, voices his concern that the new standards of proof proposed by the governor in response to the state legislature’s attempt to revive the death penalty will only make the prosecution of capital offenses more difficult and the decision criteria less clear.

To read the full article, please click here.

Resolute Systems’ mediators sweep top three spots in Midwest Mediators 2018 rankings

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Hon. Jennifer Duncan-Brice, ret.
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Faustin Pipal, Esq.
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Hon. Margaret Mullen, ret.

Resolute Systems’ mediators swept the 2018 National Law Journal rankings of Midwest mediators, capturing the top three mediator spots, the company announced. Jennifer Duncan-Brice of Resolute’s Chicago office was ranked the number 1 mediator in the Midwest.  Faustin Pipal and Former Lake County Judge Margaret Mullen, also from the Chicago office, were each ranked a Top 3 mediator in the reader survey.  And for the third consecutive year, Resolute Systems was named the top ADR provider in the Midwest in the same rankings.

“It is quite an honor to have three Resolute mediators named the top 3 mediators in the Midwest,” said Michael Weinzierl, Resolute Systems VP.  “Judge Duncan-Brice and Faustin Pipal have been recognized with these honors in the pas. We were very excited to have Judge Margaret Mullen join them.”

The survey results were published in The Best of the Midwest Reader Rankings from The National Law Journal. According to 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 173-year-old legal publishing company.

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

Resolute Voted #1 ADR Firm in the Midwest for the Third Year in a Row

Resolute Systems, LLC is the Midwest Best of 2018 Winner for Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) ProviderResolute is pleased to announce that it has been ranked the #1 BEST ADR PROVIDER in the Midwest by the 2018 National Law Journal Annual Reader Rankings Survey (2018 Best of the Midwest Reader Rankings Survey) for the third year in a row.

Established in 1988 with offices throughout the country, Resolute has a national panel of 2,800 neutrals and administers over 12,000 cases each year nationally.  Its mediators have been recognized as among the best in the United States by a number of professional associations, as well as professional surveys.

Three of Resolute Systems’ Midwest Panelists were also voted at the best mediators in the Midwest.  Chicago mediators Judge Jennifer Duncan-Brice, Faustin Pipal, and Judge Margaret Mullen were named the top 3  mediators in the survey.

In addition, Resolute was voted A Best Overall ADR firm in the United States by the 2018 Best of National Law Journal Reader Rankings Survey and voted a Best Overall ADR Firm in the New York Law Journal Survey for 8 consecutive years.

“We are honored to be recognized as the #1 ADR provider,” said Resolute President Ryan Hamilton. “From insurance related matters like personal injury, to employment and commercial disputes, and consumer and divorce matters, Resolute offers fair, efficient and cost-effective ADR processes to our clients.”

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 173-year-old legal publishing company.