Panel of Neutrals

Cheryl M. Berdelle, Esq.

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Cheryl Berdelle’s mediation practice focuses solely on the resolution of family law issues arising within the context of divorce including division of assets, maintenance, parenting responsibilities and time, child support, parenting and those issues arising in post-divorce judgment proceedings, prenuptial agreements, domestic partnership agreements and appeals.

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H. Case Ellis, Esq.

Case Ellis PictureFor 30+ years, Case’s practiced focused on civil litigation primarily involving business, premises, vehicle, product, professional liability and declaratory judgment actions to construe insurance coverage. He now concentrates his  practice in mediating and arbitrating civil cases both privately, and as a court appointed mediator. Case has extensive experience mediating and arbitrating civil matters exclusive of family matters and FINRA disputes. He especially 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. To schedule mediation call Caroline Alexander at 312.346.3770, x129 or email at

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Hon. Michael J. Fusz, ret.

Michael J. Fusz photoJudge Michael J. Fusz retired from 19th Judicial Circuit Court of Lake County, Illinois after a 15-year judicial career.  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. He has extensive experience resolving wrongful death, personal injury, property damage, business and commercial disputes, probate cases, landlord–tenant disputes, condemnation and insurance coverage matters.

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Hon. David E. Jones, ret.

Hon. David E. Jones, ret. pictureJudge David E. Jones is a former United States Magistrate Judge. 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.

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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 ( ) 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.

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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.

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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.

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