Hon. Morton Denlow (Ret.)

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Banking

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.

Judge Denlow has adjudicated, mediated or arbitrated banking disputes in a variety of contexts:

Representative Matters

  • Aviation Loan
    • Settled suit on defaulted aviation loan pending in Michigan
  • Bank Fraud
    • Settled suit alleging bank wrongfully deposited forged check
    • Settled state court actions for $2.5 million involving claims that bank officer conspired with third party to defraud bank customer
  • Bank Trustee
    • Settled suit against bank trustee alleging breach of fiduciary duty arising out of $10 million investment loss
  • Directors, Officers
    • Settled 13 lawsuits and pre-suit claims brought by the FDIC against former officers and directors of closed banks. Some settlements involved directors' and officers' insurance carriers and others involved personal contributions by directors and officers.  Cases involved banks located in Illinois, Ohio and Indiana.
  • Loan Guaranty
    • Settled suit on a guaranty arising out of a foreclosure on a shopping center in Indiana
  • Mortgage Class Action
    • Settled national class action against bank claiming that defendant bank breached its mortgage trial plan under the HAMP program
    • Settled class action suit alleging bank failed to timely release mortgage liens after loans were repaid

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • 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:

Background and Education

  • 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

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