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Best Mediators & Arbitrators in Chicago, IL

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Our goal is to connect people with the best local professionals. We scored Chicago Mediators & Arbitrators on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analyzed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best.

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Chicago, IL 60603

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Robert Berliner is a mediator and attorney in Chicago that has experience with business, real estate, construction, partnership, family business and bankruptcy disputes. Mr. Berliner also practices arbitration, settlement counsel, and serves as an expert witness in real estate cases some of which include claims of legal malpractice. A satisfied client said that Mr. Berliner “understood the most important aspects of the conflicting arguments that needed to be emphasized to each party in order to reach a common sense agreement."

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Attorney NameBar StatusExperience
Robert Berliner - PrincipalActive50 yrs

Chicago, IL 60604

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4.7 (9)
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5.0 (1)

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Pedersen & Weinstein in Chicago offers legal representation and counsel to clients involved in employment disputes. The firm handles discrimination and harassment suits, severance agreements, medical leave violations, and retaliatory discharge claims. The attorneys of Pedersen & Weinstein earned JD’s from DePaul University and Indiana University School of Law, and are AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell.

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Attorney NameBar StatusExperience
Erika Pedersen - PartnerActive29 yrs
Jill Weinstein - Founding PartnerActive24 yrs

Chicago, IL 60606

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Moran Labor Arbitration Services in Chicago has experience working with a range of private industries including transportation and trucking, construction, and higher education. Moran Labor Arbitration Services handles employment discrimination, contract application, and interpretation disputes. Moran Labor Arbitration Services is a member of the American Arbitration Association and Association for Conflict Resolution.

Chicago, IL 60602

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5.0 (8)
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5.0 (1)

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Greenberg & Sinkovits is a family and matrimonial law practice in Chicago. The firm deals with divorce, child custody, order of protection, and guardianship cases. Greenberg & Sinkovits also offers mediation, estate planning, and probate services. It is the firm’s goal to handle all cases with “guidance, confidentiality, and compassion.” A satisfied client said the attorneys at Greenberg & Sinkovits, “explained the legal terms thoroughly, helped me weigh pros and cons of every decision.”

Chicago, IL 60606

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Laurie & Brennan are attorneys in Chicago that mediate construction disputes. The firm offers project delivery and procurement, arbitration, and avoidance, and resolution services. Laurie & Brennan has worked on high profile projects with clients including Soldier Field Stadium, Prudential Center, and Arlington International Racecourse. The firm has received recognition from professional organizations including Leading Lawyers Network and the American Arbitration Association.

Chicago, IL 60601

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Avvo
5.0 (10)
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2.5 (3)

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Brigitte Schmidt Bell is a collaborative law firm in Chicago that focuses on divorce, elder law, and mediation. The firm also handles post-decree disputes, legal separation, and prenuptial agreements. Brigitte Schmidt Bell is a member of the Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois, the Bar of the Northern District, and the United States Tax Court. The firm is involved in professional outreach programs and offers 40-hour mediation training classes to the public.

Chicago, IL 60602

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5.0 (1)

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Carmen D. Caruso Law Firm is an appellate and trial practice in Chicago that focuses on dealership and franchise litigation. The firm also handles legal malpractice, state and federal criminal defense, and whistle-blowing cases. A satisfied client said, “a lawsuit on day one would have been otherwise crippling if not for the legal expertise provided by Carmen at this critical time.”

Chicago, IL 60602

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5.0 (1)

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Zeller Law in Chicago practices commercial litigation, estate planning, and trademark legal services for start-ups, entrepreneurs, and private companies. The firm also handles settlement and contract negotiation, limited liability partnership, and entity comparison. Zeller Law has flexible payment options including fixed-rate, hourly, and contingency pricing, monthly memberships and free consultations for clients.

Chicago, IL 60602

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Mary Patricia Benz is an appellate and trial lawyer in Chicago that has over 30 years of experience. The firm practices mediation and arbitration services for commercial clients and litigation and appeals for corporations and individuals. Mary Patricia Benz serves as a witness for ARDC defense and offers ethics counseling to lawyers. Mary Patricia Benz has settled complex disputes including breach of contract, business torts, and ERISA cases, and she is a member of the Academy of Distinguished Neutrals and American Arbitration Association.

Chicago, IL 60606

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Faustin A. Pipal JR in Chicago has 23 years of experience in arbitration, mediation, and ADR consulting for Resolute Systems. Attorney Faustin A. Papil JR handles complex and employment resolutions, insurance coverage disputes, and premises liability claims. The attorney is a member of The National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals and the United States Equal Employment Opportunities Commission’s external mediation program.

Chicago, IL 60602

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5.0 (11)
Avvo
5.0 (10)

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Abels & Annes in Chicago handles a range of simple and complex injury cases resulting from bike and car accidents, animal attacks, and nursing home abuse. The firm also helps clients with defective drug injuries, insurances disputes, and medical malpractice claims. Abels & Annes work on a contingency fee basis and a satisfied client said that Abels & Annes, “handled my case very quickly while keeping me informed of the developments in the case until it was brought to a satisfactory end.”

Attorney Information

Attorney NameBar StatusExperience
David Abels - PartnerActive31 yrs
Gary Annes - PartnerActive29 yrs

Compare our Top Mediators & Arbitrators

NameExpertise RatingAddressPromotionsLearn more
Robert Berliner, Berliner Group
Chicago, IL 60603
Pedersen & Weinstein
Chicago, IL 60604
Moran Labor Arbitration Services
Chicago, IL 60606
Greenberg & Sinkovits
Chicago, IL 60602
Laurie & Brennan
Chicago, IL 60606
Brigitte Schmidt Bell
Chicago, IL 60601
Carmen D. Caruso Law Firm
Chicago, IL 60602
Zeller Law
Chicago, IL 60602
Mary Patricia Benz
Chicago, IL 60602
Faustin A. Pipal, Jr.
Chicago, IL 60606
Abels & Annes
Chicago, IL 60602

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FAQs

  • What is mediation?

    Mediation is an alternative to going to trial during legal disputes. The parties on both sides agree to work with an impartial third party who oversees discussions concerning the matter in dispute. The goal and hope of mediation is to come to a settlement or compromise that is agreeable to both parties. The mediator doesn't represent either party but works with both to help ensure that discussions are civil and agreements are as fair as possible given the situation. In many cases, if mediation fails, then the parties can move on to a trial in court.

  • What is arbitration?

    Arbitration is another alternative to a court trial, but it's a bit more formal than mediation. During the arbitration, evidence and testimony is presented to a panel of people who act as judges of sorts. They issue an opinion about the matter in writing, and depending on how the arbitration was entered into, it may or may not be binding. If it's binding, the parties must accept and abide by the decisions of the arbitrators. Commonly, each side selects a third-party arbitrator, and each of those people selects a third person.

  • Is arbitration or mediation better?

    Arbitration and mediation both have pros and cons, and which one is right for you depends on your personal preferences, legal goals, and the details of your case. Mediation can offer more control, and because of that, those who go through it tend to report a higher level of satisfaction. But arbitration is more formal and may provide a more structured environment, which may be needed if civil discussions aren't possible.

  • How do I choose a mediator or arbitrator?

    If you can choose a mediator or arbitrator, it's critical to look for a neutral third party. Someone who is in any way tied to either side or who might have a known strong opinion on matters related to the case may not be the best option. Legal knowledge is important for mediators and arbitrators, but arbitrators should also have court experience. Retired or former judges or trial lawyers may be good choices for arbitrators, for example.

  • What is an arbitration agreement?

    An arbitration agreement waives your right to seek legal remedies in court under certain circumstances, specifically, if you and the other party have unresolved disputes. You submit to binding arbitration over all matters, which can be somewhat risky as arbitration agreements are usually requested by companies that have arbitration processes set up, and those processes may not be impartial.

  • What is mandatory arbitration?

    Mandatory arbitration occurs when someone is forced to use arbitration as a means of settling an issue. One of the most common scenarios for this is employment. Employers may require that employees sign an arbitration agreement before they can begin work. The employees then give up some rights to go to court over certain employment issues.

  • What should I expect in child custody mediation?

    During a child custody mediation, the mediator will likely encourage each party to focus on the needs of the child or children. The parties work together to agree on custody. They typically won't discuss matters of child support, marital property, or other factors of the divorce—unless the mediation is for the whole divorce. If you are attending mediation, it is advised to come prepared to discuss what's in the best interest of your children and situation, but also be prepared to reach a compromise.