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Hon. Eileen M. Brewer (Ret.)

Hon. Eileen M. Brewer (Ret.)

JAMS Mediator, Arbitrator and Referee/Special Master

General Biography
Practice Areas
Civil Rights
Family Law
Governmental/Public Agency
Higher Education & Title IX
Personal Injury/Torts
Professional Liability
Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities
Background and Education

Hon. Eileen M. Brewer (Ret.) joined JAMS in 2016 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. Bar associations have consistently praised Judge Brewer’s scholarship, first-rate legal ability, excellent work ethic, and outstanding judicial temperament.

As an arbitrator, Judge Brewer closely manages her cases to help parties obtain a more efficient, fair and cost-effective method of dispute resolution than litigation. Judge Brewer thoroughly analyzes the parties' briefs and cited legal authorities, gives the parties the opportunity to present oral argument on motions where appropriate, and issues orders and awards explaining her findings of fact and legal analysis. As a mediator, she quickly analyzes complex legal and factual issues, diffuses emotionally charged situations, and gains the trust of clients and lawyers. She is known for her ability to settle cases that are often viewed as unresolvable. 

ADR Experience and Qualifications

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

  • Business/Commercial
  • Employment/Employment Contracts/Discrimination/Fair Labor Standards Act
  • Personal Injury/Torts
  • Education/Colleges and Universities/Title IX/Public and Social Service Agencies
  • Consumer Matters
  • Civil Rights
  • Professional Liability
  • Government/Public Agencies
  • Construction
  • Privacy
  • Arbitration

Both at JAMS and on the bench, Judge Brewer has substantial experience as an arbitrator, mediator and judge in the following areas:

Representative Matters

  • Business/Commercial
      • Judge Brewer has arbitrated, mediated and resolved numerous actions for breach of contract, contract interpretation, fraud, partnership disputes, construction defects, condominium disputes, property damage and real estate transactions.
      • At JAMS, Judge Brewer has arbitrated and mediated numerous consumer banking and collection matters, including consumer credit disputes, lender liability, mortgage issues, foreclosures, and alleged tort and state law violations.
      • At JAMS, Judge Brewer has arbitrated and mediated cases involving telecommunications, online platform data breaches and security threats, as well as other online platform issues.
      • Judge Brewer has arbitrated and mediated professional liability cases, including legal malpractice and cases involving fee disputes between attorneys and clients. 
      • At JAMS, Judge Brewer has mediated cases involving the Illinois Biometric Privacy Act ("BIPA") and other privacy matters. 
  • Civil Rights
      • At JAMS, Judge Brewer has mediated cases involving civil rights claims against municipalities and other government entities. As a sitting judge, she has settled and managed numerous cases involving governmental entities, including police shootings; public schools; employment; civil rights; and premises liability cases.
      • As a sitting judge, Judge Brewer settled a number of multi-million-dollar civil rights cases brought against municipalities and other governmental units. 
  • Consumer Matters
      • At JAMS, Judge Brewer has arbitrated numerous consumer actions, including alleged violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act ("TCPA"), the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (“ECOA”), the Fair Credit Reporting Act claim (FCRA), the Truth-in-Lending Act (“TILA”), the Electronic Funds Transfer Act ("EFTA") as well as alleged violations of state consumer protection laws.
  • Education/Colleges and Universities/Title IX/ Religious Institutions/Public and Social Service Agencies
      • At JAMS, Judge Brewer has served as a College and University Title IX external adjudicator and appeal officer in sexual misconduct, sexual assault, sexual harassment, and sexual abuse cases.
      • At JAMS, Judge Brewer has arbitrated class action consumer action cases involving for profit educational institutions and claims of fraud and deceptive practices.
      • At JAMS and as a sitting judge, Judge Brewer has mediated and settled cases involving public and private social service agencies, foster care agencies, and adoption agencies.
      • As a sitting judge, Judge Brewer has settled cases involving sexual misconduct and sexual harassment in high schools, and colleges and universities. 
      • As a sitting judge, Judge Brewer has settled cases involving discipline, school sports, and disability.
  • Employment
      • Judge Brewer has arbitrated and mediated numerous cases involving allegations of discrimination based on race, sex, religion, age, sexual orientation, national origin, and disability; wrongful termination; retaliatory discharge; hostile work environment; sexual harassment; and, breach of employment contracts. 
      • At JAMS, Judge Brewer has arbitrated Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) cases and FLSA/state law wage and hour matters.
  • Personal Injury/Torts
      • At JAMS, Judge Brewer has arbitrated and mediated numerous tort cases. As a sitting judge, she settled and managed hundreds of tort cases, such as wrongful death; catastrophic injuries and burn cases; medical malpractice; nursing home; industrial and construction accidents; premise liability; sexual abuse; defamation; auto, truck and railroad accidents, and product liability, including medical devices, pharmaceuticals, motor vehicles, sports equipment, and tools.
      • At JAMS, Judge Brewer has conducted dozens of telephonic mediations of personal injury matters connected to institutional settlement trusts. She frequently works with unrepresented claimants and is adept at walking parties through structured ADR processes.

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

Completed Virtual ADR training conducted by the JAMS Institute, the training arm of JAMS.


  • Harvard Law Society of Illinois Role Model Award, 2018
  • Harvard Law School Wasserstein Public Interest Fellow

 Recent Professional Activities

  • Chicago Children's Advocacy Center
  • Illinois Judges Association
  • Alliance of Illinois Judges
  • Chicago Mental Health Pro Bono Program

 Selected Speaking Engagements

  • Practicing Law Institute, Settlement and Mediation of Class Action Litigation, May 2021
  • JAMS CLE, Special Considerations in Title IX, June 2018
  • Cook County  CLE Monthly Seminar Series, Illinois Tort Immunity Defenses, July 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


  • National Judicial College, Civil Mediation Certification, 2014

Background and Education

  • 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


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