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Hon. Morton Denlow (Ret.)

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Deborah Stewart
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Hon. Morton Denlow (Ret.) joined JAMS following 16 1/2 years of distinguished service as a Magistrate Judge for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. During his time on the bench, Judge Denlow presided over thousands of matters in both the pretrial and trial stages. He has conducted over 2,000 settlement conferences.

A nationally recognized expert in settling cases, Judge Denlow has continued to prove invaluable to parties involved in intractable disputes at JAMS. His breath of experience as an advocate, attorney neutral, and a settlement-focused judge makes him an ideal choice to mediate the complex case.

Since coming to JAMS in October 2012, Judge Denlow has mediated professional liability disputes in a variety of contexts:

Representative Matters 

  • Accounting:
    • $200,000 settlement arising out of a claim that an accounting firm did not detect fraud committed by client employee
    • $500,000 settlement of claim by bank against accounting firm alleging that assets purchased from FDIC were improperly valued
    • $500,000 settlement of arbitration proceeding alleging improper asset valuation in connection with purchase of bank assets
  • Banking/Directors and Officers Liability:
    • Settled 13 lawsuits and pre-suit claims brought by the FDIC against former officers and directors of closed banks alleging they were grossly negligent in making loans
    • The settlements total over $40,000,000 including 10 multi-million dollar settlements
  • Insurance:
    • $1,600,000 settlement of suit alleging malpractice by insurance broker in writing life insurance policy resulting in interpleader action by competing claimants to the policy
  • Legal:
    • $1,000,000 pre-suit settlement of claim alleging malpractice in providing tax shelter advice
    • $1,900,000 pre-suit settlement of claim alleging malpractice caused an exceptional case attorneys fee award in a patent case
    • $140,000 pre-suit settlement alleging malpractice arising out of a real estate purchase and related rescission lawsuit
    • $875,000 settlement of suit alleging legal malpractice arising out of patent litigation
    • $525,000 settlement of suit alleging legal malpractice arising out of preparation of securities offering
    • $7,500,000 settlement of suit alleging malpractice in structuring of real estate shopping center transaction
    • $450,000 settlement of suit alleging malpractice in organizing a LLC
    • $550,000 settlement of suit alleging attorney failed to timely renew trademark
    • $250,000 settlement of pre-suit claim alleging malpractice arising out of a real estate purchase
  • Recipient, Edwin A. Rothschild Award for Lifetime Achievement in Civil Rights, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, 2015
  • Member, Committee on the Administration of the Magistrate Judges System of the Judicial Conference, 2005-2012 
  • Immediate Past President and Board of Directors, Resolution Systems Institute
  • Vice President, Jewish Judges Association of Illinois
  • Board of Directors, Federal Bar Association and Chicago Bar Foundation, 2006-2012 
  • Member of Advisory Committee, J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management Dispute Resolution Research Center 
  • Adjunct Professor in Trial Advocacy, Northwestern University School of Law, 1990-1991 
  • Senior Lecturer in Law, Loyola University School of Law, 1983-1995
  • Faculty, National Institute for Trial Advocacy, 1988-1998
  • Lecturer, American Bar Association, Chicago Bar Association, Federal Bar Association, Northwestern University Corporation Counsel Institute, National Employment Lawyers Association, American Intellectual Property Association, International Claim Association, Association of Attorney Mediators, Employers Counsel Network, and PLI Consumer Financial Services Institute
  • Judicial Profile published in the Federal Lawyer, December 2012
  • Recipient, Seymour Simon Justice Award, Jewish Judges Association of Illinois, 2010

Author of numerous articles including the following publications:

  • Magistrate Judge, United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 1996-2012 (Presiding Magistrate Judge, 2004-2008)
  • Partner, Dardick & Denlow, 1984-1993
  • Partner, Sachnoff & Weaver, Ltd., 1979-1984 (Of Counsel, 1993-1996)
  • Director of Professional Services for Chicago Regional Office, JAMS/Endispute, 1995-1996
  • Associate, Rosenthal & Schanfield, 1977-1979
  • Law Clerk and Associate, D’Ancona & Pflaum, 1971-1977
  • J.D., cum laude, Northwestern University School of Law, 1972 (Order of the Coif)
  • A.B., Economics, cum laude, Washington University, 1969

Counsel Comments

    “Based on the positive feedback received by the Council, Judge Denlow is clearly held in very high esteem by the active federal bar. Regarding settlement conferences, attorneys had extremely positive views of his ability to settle cases and similarly praised him for the amount of time and effort he puts into settlement conferences.”

    -An Evaluation of the United States Magistrate Judges in Chicago, by The Chicago Council of Lawyers, April 2008





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