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.

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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.

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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  We also encourage you to visit his WebPages at for more information.

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.

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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

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.

Dick Devine, Of Counsel in Cozen O’Connor’s Criminal Defense and Internal Investigations practice, shared in Crain’s Chicago Business his concerns over the recent proposal to shake up the organizational structure of the Chicago Police Department.  The proposal is being forwarded by the Grassroots Alliance for Public Accountability.  The Alliance proposes to form a civilian commission to oversee the CPD – adding, as Dick details in his column, a layer of civilian administration and governance without heed to the civilian controls already in place.  Dick provides a provocative insider’s perspective to the matter in the April 11, 2018 issue.  To read the entire piece, click here.

Resolute is pleased to welcome Judge Margaret Mullen to its Chicago team of Dispute Resolution Professionals.  Judge Mullen sat in the Lake County Law Division for 14 years, where she presided over civil litigation including personal injury, commercial and insurance coverage matters, as well as administrative review.  She also served as Chief Judge of the 19th Judicial Circuit for two years, and also during her career served as the Presiding Judge of the Consolidated Family Division, the Law Division, and the Juvenile Division.  Prior to sitting in the Law Division, Judge Mullen sat in Chancery Court, hearing complex civil litigation. Between 1997 and 2000, she was assigned to Family Court, where she handled dissolution, custody, and parentage matters, from filing to post-decree.

Judge Mullen was active in judicial education at EdCon, presenting seminars on medical malpractice litigation, Supreme Court Rule 213 and Best Tips For Civil Judges. She presented at EdCon again on Medical Malpractice in 2018.

To schedule mediation with Judge Mullen, please call (312) 346-3770, x125 or email