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Jonah Orlofsky to speak at CCR and AAM seminars on Mediator Ethics

Jonah Orlofsky, Esq. photoResolute mediator Jonah Orlofsky will be a speaker at the Center for Conflict Resolution on February 19th and the Illinois Chapter of the Association of Attorney Mediators on February 25th.  His seminar will be on: Mediator Ethics:  How to Deal with Questions about a Party’s Capacity to Participate in a Mediation.

Jonah is a full-time mediator and arbitrator, focusing on commercial matters, insurance coverage disputes, class actions, attorney-fee disputes, real estate disputes, employments claims, consumer claims, and securities fraud.  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).

For information on the Center for Conflict Resolution program contact training@ccrchicago.org  For information on the Association of Attorney Mediators program contact rberliner@berlinergroup.com.

Hon. Michael J. Fusz Joins Resolute’s Chicago Panel

Michael J. Fusz photoResolute is pleased to welcome former Lake County Judge Michael Fusz to its Chicago team of dispute resolution professionals. Judge Fusz retired from 19th Judicial Circuit Court of Lake County, Illinois in November of 2019 after a 15-year judicial career. He sat in various courts in the Civil Division for 11 years, where he presided over a wide variety of civil litigation matters including wrongful death, personal injury, property damage, business and commercial disputes, probate cases, landlord–tenant disputes, condemnation and insurance coverage matters, as well as administrative reviews.

While on the bench, Judge Fusz heard and ruled on innumerable bench trials and presided over in excess of 180 jury trials, including more than 80 civil jury trials. He regularly conducted civil settlement conferences, with the majority reaching settlement prior to trial. More information is available at https://judgefuszmediation.com/.

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

Seasoned Mediator Case Ellis Joins Resolute’s Chicago Panel

Case Ellis PictureResolute is pleased to welcome Case Ellis to its Chicago team of dispute resolution professionals. In 30-plus years as a litigator, Case Ellis tried dozens of jury cases in six Illinois counties and the Federal Courts. He has mediated more than 2,500 cases in Cook, Lake, McHenry, Boone and Winnebago counties and throughout Northern Illinois. Case is a Fellow and founding Board Member (serving as president for seven years) of the International Academy of Dispute Resolution, ex officio chair the ADR Section Council of the ISBA and chaired the committee which established Court Mediation rules in Lake & McHenry Counties in 1996.

Case concentrates his practice in the areas of Personal Injury, Professional Liability, Hospital Negligence, Property Damage, Contract Disputes, Insurance Coverage, Probate, Employment, Commercial Cases, Subrogation Matters and Construction Accidents. More information is available at

https://wemediate.info/

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

Hon. David E. Jones Joins Resolute’s Chicago and Wisconsin Panels

Hon. David E. Jones, ret. pictureResolute Systems is pleased to welcome former United States Magistrate Judge David E. Jones to our Wisconsin and Chicago teams of dispute resolution professionals. Judge Jones concentrates his ADR practice on the resolution of complex commercial, intellectual property, employment, discovery and contract disputes. In addition to acting as a mediator and arbitrator in state and federal civil matters, Judge Jones also serves as a special master and discovery referee.

Prior to becoming a Magistrate Judge, Judge Jones was a partner in the Madison, Wisconsin, and Washington, D.C., offices of Heller Ehrman and then Perkins Coie, where he focused on antitrust and intellectual property. In antitrust, he counseled and defended technology and financial services clients in monopolization actions, including trials of statewide class claims. In IP, Judge Jones represented medical services and pharmaceutical companies in life-science patent and Hatch-Waxman trials across the country.

Established in 1988, Resolute is one of the nations largest dispute resolution firms with over 2,800 mediators and arbitrators in all 50 states, Canada, and Puerto Rico.  In 2019 Resolute was also ranked the #1 ADR Provider and Online ADR Resource in the National Law Journal’s Annual Reader Rankings Survey.  In addition, Resolute was voted #1 ADR PROVIDER in Wisconsin Law Journal’s 2019 annual Reader Rankings Survey and voted a “Best ADR Provider” and a “Best Online ADR Resource” in the nation for Corporate Counsel’s 2019 Annual Best of Survey.

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

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

Resolute is pleased to announce that it has been voted the #1 ADR PROVIDER and #1 ONLINE ADR RESOURCE in the Midwest by the 2019 National Law Journal Annual Reader Rankings Survey (https://images.law.com/media/nationallawjournal/supplements/Best_Midwest_2019/mobile/index.html) for the fourth year in a row.

In addition, three of Resolute Systems’ Midwest Panelists were also voted as the top 3 mediators in the Midwest. Milwaukee Judge Richard Sankovitz and Chicago mediators Faustin Pipal and Judge Pat Lustig were named the top 3 mediators in the survey.

“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.”

Established in 1988, Resolute is one of the nations largest dispute resolution firms with over 2,800 mediators and arbitrators in all 50 states, Canada, and Puerto Rico. In 2019 Resolute was also ranked the #1 ADR Provider and Online ADR Resource in the National Law Journal’s Annual Reader Rankings Survey. In addition, Resolute was voted #1 ADR PROVIDER in Wisconsin Law Journal’s 2019 annual Reader Rankings Survey and voted a “Best ADR Provider” and a “Best Online ADR Resource” in the nation for Corporate Counsel’s 2019 Annual Best of Survey.

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

Resolute Systems Mediator Margaret J. Mullen Installed as President of Illinois Judges Association

Judge Margaret J. Mullen, ret., was installed as President of the Illinois Judges Association during its annual meeting on May 31, 2019, at The John Marshall Law School, in Chicago. The Illinois Judges Association, which represents 1,250 active and retired Illinois state court judges, was founded in 1972 to provide services, support, and education to its member judges and raise public understanding of the Illinois judicial system.

Judge Mullen is a mediator and arbitrator with Resolute Systems, a national provider of mediation, arbitration and ADR consulting services.  Judge Mullen had 26 years of experience on the bench in the 19th Judicial Circuit Court. She was appointed an Associate Judge in 1992, was selected as a Circuit Judge in 1997 by the Illinois Supreme Court, and won election in 1998. She was Chief Judge of the 19th Judicial Circuit from 2002-2004, and was Presiding Judge of the Law Division, the Juvenile Division, and the Consolidated Family Division. Judge Mullen, now retired, is a part-time mediator and business law adjunct professor. Her goal as President of IJA is to work hard on strengthening public awareness of the important role of the judiciary. “Judges are the best people I know. They’re smart, hard-working, and really care deeply about doing the right thing. It is a privilege to be entrusted with the decisions we make in court. Illinois’ judges are worthy of that privilege.”

While she was Chief Judge of the 19th Judicial Circuit, she created a local access cable television show which featured judges explaining their work. She continued to produce the show until she retired. She has also worked on organizational websites, public outreach issues, and judicial case management. Judge Mullen has also been a frequent judicial educator.

Judge Mullen was President of the Illinois Judges Foundation as President in 2010-2011. She was the recipient of the Salute Award from Lake County CASA in 2018 and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Lake County Juvenile Officers Association for her work as a judge in juvenile court. She has also been honored with the Ori Award for Outstanding Service to the Community, the Partners Award from the Northern Illinois Council on Substance Abuse and Alcoholism, the Outstanding Volunteer Group Award from United Way for her volunteer efforts with Waukegan school children, and two Presidential Service Awards from IJA. She is a proud member of the Lake County Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, and the American Bar Association.

For more information on Judge Mullen or to schedule mediation, please call Mike Weinzierl at 312.346.3770 or mweinzierl@resolutesystems.com  For more information about the Illinois Judges Association, see www.ija.org.

Resolute Systems welcomes retired Cook County Law Division Judge James P. McCarthy to our Chicago team

Hon. Jim McCarthy, ret. pictureResolute Systems is pleased to welcome retired Cook County Judge James P. McCarthy to its Chicago team of dispute resolution professionals.  From 2003 until his retirement from the bench in 2019, Judge McCarthy served in the Cook County Law Division where he developed a reputation as an effective pre-trial judge.  He concentrates his mediation practice on personal injury, professional liability, construction, premises liability, commercial and business disputes.

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

Resolute Mediator Faustin Pipal to Lecture at U-Illinois Law School Program

Resolute Systems mediator Faustin Pipal will guest lecture at the University of Illinois College of Law’s “The Chicago Program.” Mr. Pipal will provide a program on mediation on February 27, 2019.

According to the College of Law, the program is “taught by leading practitioners and College faculty, courses are taught in the Illini Center in downtown Chicago, The Chicago Bar Association, and in the offices of several preeminent law firms, including Winston & Strawn, Foley & Lardner, Steptoe & Johnson, and Burke, Warren, MacKay & Serritella. Events and lectures are open to all third-year students, offering fantastic opportunities to network with the College’s more than 4,000 Chicago-based alumni. Launched in 2012, the Chicago Program is designed to enrich the College’s curriculum, expand professional opportunities for students, and involve alumni and other practitioners more closely in the College’s educational mission.”

For more information on The Chicago Program, please go to https://law.illinois.edu/academics/the-chicago-program/.

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.