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Eileen Brewer

Hon. Eileen M. Brewer (Ret.)

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Brooke Buczkowski
T: 312-655-9191
F: 312-655-0644
71 S. Wacker Drive, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60606

Hon. Eileen M. Brewer (Ret.) comes to JAMS as a 28 year veteran of public service to Chicago and Cook County, including 14 years as an Illinois State Court Judge in the Law and Domestic Relations Divisions of the Cook County Circuit Court. Judge Brewer has presided over thousands of civil cases in pretrial and trial stages. For the last seven years, she served as Cook County Law Division’s Motion Call Judge, managing thousands of complex cases that touch upon nearly every aspect of civil law.  Bar associations have consistently praised Judge Brewer’s scholarship, first-rate legal ability, and outstanding judicial temperament.

She has mediated and settled well over a thousand cases and believes that negotiated outcomes offer parties the best chance for resolution on their own terms. Judge Brewer is well known among lawyers for her mediation skills.  She quickly analyzes complex legal and factual issues, diffuses emotionally charged situations, and gains the trust of clients and lawyers.

ADR Experience and Qualifications

Judge Brewer has substantial litigation, judicial, and settlement experience in the following areas:

  • Business/Commercial
  • Personal injury/Torts
  • Domestic Relations
  • Employment/Employment Contracts/Discrimination
  • Professional Liability
  • Local Government Entities
  • Sexual Abuse/Sexual Harassment
  • Civil Rights

Representative Matters

  • Business/Commercial
    • Breach of contract; contract interpretation; fraud; partnership disputes; construction defects; condominium disputes; property damage; real estate
  • Personal Injury/Torts
    • Wrongful death; medical malpractice; nursing home; industrial and construction accidents; premise liability; sexual abuse; defamation;  auto, truck and railroad accidents and product liability
  • Employment
    • Breach of employment contract; racial, gender, sexual orientation, national origin and   disability discrimination; sexual-harassment; wrongful termination and retaliatory discharge, FLSA
  • Family Law
    • Same sex parenting and separations; custody and parenting time; property disputes including distribution of assets and debts; family support and maintenance; disputes regarding marital and nonmarital assets
  • Government/Civil Rights
    • Police shooting; schools; employment; civil rights; premises liability
  • Sexual Abuse/Harassment
    • Matters involving educational institutions and associated institutions; religious institutions
    • Honors
      • Role Model Award, Harvard Law Society of Illinois, 2018
    • Memberships
      • Chicago Children's Advocacy Center Volunteer
      • Harvard Law School Wasserstein Public Interest Fellow
      • Member, Illinois Judges Association
      • Member, Alliance of Illinois Judges
    • Selected Speaking Engagements
      • JAMS CLE, Special Considerations in Title IX, June 2018
      • Thomson Reuters Web Seminar, “Review of the Current State of E-Discovery Dispute Resolution,” 2017
      • Chicago Bar Association, “Preparing For and Participating in Mediation and Settlement Conferences in Labor and Employment Cases,” 2017
      • Harvard Law Society of Illinois Speaker, 2016
      • Lesbian & Gay Bar Association of Chicago Speaker, 2016
      • Jones Day Judges Panel Speaker, 2015
      • Chicago Bar Association, “Motion Practice in Cook Country,” 2015
      • Chicago Law Bulletin Judges’ Symposium,  “Settlement is an Art,” 2014
      • Cook County CLE Seminar Series, “Social Media and Discovery,” 2014
      • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association Ethics and Professionalism Seminar, “Perspective from the Bench: Moving Cases Along & Avoiding Unnecessary Delays,” 2013
      • Chicago Bar Association, “Know Your Audience, Practice Tips from Judges,” 2013 
      • Chicago Bar Association, “Case Management as a Cure for Undue Cost & Delay,” 2013
    • Certifications
      • National Judicial College, Civil Mediation Certification, 2014
    • Judge, Cook County Circuit Court, Chicago, Illinois, 2002-2016
      • Law Division Motion Judge, 2009-2016
      • Domestic Relations Judge, 2003-2009
      • Municipal Division Judge, 2002-2003
    • Chief Counsel to the President of the Cook County Board of Commissioners, 1994-2002
      • Key policy advice areas included:
        • Construction of Cook County Hospital
        • Consumer fraud
        • Employment policy and litigation
        • Excessive force, Cook County Sheriff and Cook County Jail, Juvenile Justice
        • Predatory lending
        • Public utilities/telecommunication
        • Taxation
    • Assistant Corporation Counsel, City of Chicago, 1988-1994
      • Federal civil rights litigation, employment, labor, excessive force, First Amendment and other constitutional issues
    • Associate, Corporate Litigation, Jenner & Block, Chicago, Illinois, 1987-1988
    • Harvard Law School, J.D. cum laude, 1987
    • University of Chicago, Ph.D., 1984
    • Loyola University of Chicago, M.A. with honors, 1974
    • LeMoyne College, B.A. with honors, 1973



      Practice Areas

      • Business/Commercial
      • Civil Rights
      • Construction
      • Employment
      • Family Law
      • Governmental/Public Agency
      • Personal Injury/Torts
      • Professional Liability


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