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Hon. Wayne R. Andersen (Ret.)

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Hon. Wayne R. Andersen (Ret.) has served as a U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois for 19 years and as a state court trial judge for 7 years. Judge Andersen is an active and effective settlement judge who has brokered numerous settlements in a wide range of complex cases. Believing that it is never too late to try to settle, Judge Andersen once ran a streak of seven consecutive jury trials which began, but settled during the trial. As a matter of routine, he withheld entry of judgment on jury verdicts while the parties, usually with his assistance, worked out post trial final settlements. He has coordinated efforts with settlement attorneys at the Seventh Circuit to enable parties to settle even while cases are on appeal. Counsel praise his superb people skills; exceptional legal knowledge; and well written, legally sound, and timely rulings.

ADR Experience and Qualifications

  • Conducted thousands of settlement conferences during his service on both the federal and state judiciary
  • Private practice of law included general litigation in both federal and state courts, corporate law, banking, probate, estate planning, domestic relations, real estate, property taxation, and bankruptcy

Representative Matters

  • Successfully settled the Shakman litigation, pending since 1969, which attempted to eliminate illegal patronage practices involving government employees in Chicago and Cook County -- a daunting task. Feeling that indefinite court oversight of elected government bodies was inappropriate, Judge Andersen succeeded in settling this matter, with a view towards ultimate dissolution of the existing injunctions and court oversight, with respect to five employee groups encompassing over 50,000 employees.
  • Played a substantial role in settling three sub-classes of shareholders who felt that their rights had been violated as a result of the merger of two major banks
  • Helped settle and oversaw confirmatory discovery in a $200 million plus settlement of a shareholder class action suit, the largest in Seventh Circuit history to that point. In late 1997, a series of securities class action complaints were filed against Waste Management Inc. and its executive officers and accountants. Judge Andersen worked with the parties to negotiate a global settlement of all claims within one year of the cases' filing. Then in late 2002, the Securities and Exchange Commission brought a civil injunctive action against certain officers of Waste Management. Using techniques such as a mini trial and intensive negotiations, Judge Andersen worked with the parties to settle the claims between five of the defendants and the SEC.
  • Was very involved in the settlement of liability asserted by the SEC against six officers of a major corporation accused of accounting fraud in the wake of a major restatement of earnings
  • Fashioned a multi-tiered nationwide settlement of sexual harassment claims involving thousands of female employees working for an industry leading global company. He also negotiated payment of attorneys fees in this case.
  • Settled individual injury claims by war protesters who had been physically injured during confrontations with police officers trying to control and then arrest several thousand demonstrators
  • Resolved at its inception a lawsuit involving "curb cuts" throughout the City of Chicago to enable the City to maximize its ability to make walkways accessible to the disabled with their input while saving what could have been very expensive and prolonged litigation; the settlement involved the creation of an advisory committee which has functioned well ever since
  • Negotiated a $3 million settlement of a personal injury claim of a worker disabled by chemical fumes and included within that settlement appropriate credits for workers compensation claims and attorneys fees resulting there from
  • Facilitated settlement of the rights to publish music created by a major artist and a recording studio. This settlement involved not only a financial settlement but an agreement over who would control the timing and nature of the publication of the recordings.
  • Recipient, Justice John Paul Stevens Award for commitment to integrity and public service in the practice of law, The Chicago Bar Foundation and The Chicago Bar Association, 2010
  • Member, Judicial Conference of the United States, 2006-2009
    • Chair of the District Judges meeting at the semi-annual meeting of the Judicial Conference, 2009
    • Member, Judicial Branch Committee, 1996-2005
  • Recipient of Award for Public Service, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Member, Board of Directors, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (Chairperson of Compensation Committee and Patient Care Committee)
  • Member (and past president), University of Illinois College of Law Board of Visitors
  • Member, Federal Judges Association and Illinois Judges Association
  • Member, Federal Bar Association
  • Member, Chicago Bar Association (past member, Board of Managers)
  • Judge, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 1991-2010
  • Judge, Circuit Court of Cook County, 1984-1991
  • Deputy Secretary of State of Illinois, 1981-1984
  • Partner, Burditt and Calkins, 1977-1980 (Associate, 1972-1976)
  • Administrative Assistant to Henry J. Hyde, Majority Leader of the Illinois House of Representatives, 1970-1972
  • Legislative Intern, University of Illinois Legislative Staff Internship program, 1970-1971
  • J.D., University of Illinois College of Law, 1970 (Editor-in-Chief, the Caveat student newspaper)
  • B.A., cum laude, Harvard University, 1967, where he was captain of the track team and remains co-holder of the 100-yard dash record

Counsel Comments

    • “He gets very involved in helping get parties together to achieve settlement.” 

      “He is very adept at diffusing uncomfortable situations that may arise. He encourages the exchange of ideas.” 

      “He always does the right thing in a courtroom. Both sides of any matter always feel as if they got a fair trial. He has no leanings.” 

      - Almanac of the Federal Judiciary 

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