Hon. Morton Denlow (Ret.)

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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 joining JAMS in October 2012, Judge Denlow has mediated employment disputes in a variety of contexts:

Representative Matters

  • Discrimination/Retaliation
    • $375,000 pre-suit settlement of claim for age discrimination arising out of consulting agreement
    • $105,000 pre-suit settlement of age and sex discrimination claim arising out of an executive's demotion
    • $625,000 settlement of claim for wrongful termination under Whistleblower Act
    • $1,500,000 class action settlement of a lawsuit alleging racial discrimination in the hiring of temporary workers in candy factory
    • $328,000 settlement of claim for gender discrimination and sex harassment pending before Illinois Human Rights Commission
    • $500,000 settlement of pre-suit claim by head of Human Resources negotiating a separation agreement following allegations of race discrimination and retaliation
    • $600,000 settlement of pre-suit claim by Human Resources Vice President alleging her termination was the result of race discrimination
    • $117,000 settlement of pre-suit claim alleging age discrimination in connection with a failure to promote a vice president
    • Settled suit alleging racial harassment, retaliation and defamation
    • Pre-suit settlement of claim brought by female executive recruiter
    • Pre-suit settlement of claim brought by former corporate controller alleging disability and FMLA discrimination
    • Settled a pregnancy discrimination claim pending in an arbitration
    • Settled an age discrimination matter brought against a hospital by a nurse of 24 years tenure
    • $400,000 pre-suit settlement for alleged age discrimination against terminated in-house counsel
    • $105,000 settlement of lawsuit alleging age discrimination and retaliation
    • Settlement of suit brought by police officer against municipality alleging race discrimination and retaliation in failing to promote
    • Settlement of suit brought by park district executive director alleging retaliation and violation of Illinois Whistleblower Act
    • Settled claim for whistleblower retaliation and discharge pending in federal administrative proceeding
  • Breach of Contract
    • $1,475,000 settlement paid to former CEO in suit alleging breach of employment agreement who was terminated after being accused of breach of fidiciary duty
    • Settled a breach of contract and wrongful discharge suit brought by a real estate manager against his former employer
    • $1.5 million settlement of lawsuit for alleged breach of an executive employment agreement
    • Pre-suit settlement of claim by officer against former employer alleging breach of an equity participation agreement
    • Settlement of suit between business and its former President alleging claims and counterclaims for breaches of contract and fiduciary duty
    • Settled several pre-suit claims and lawsuits brought by salespersons against former employers for unpaid sales commissions
    • Settled suit alleging former employee stole trade secrets and joined a competitor in violation of employment agreement
    • Settlement of RICO and breach of fiduciary duty suit against two corporate executives alleged to have usurped corporate opportunity while employed by plaintiff
  • EEOC Class Actions
    • $200,000 settlement of EEOC age discrimination claim
    • Settlement of four claims pending at EEOC alleging sex harassment committed by partner in law firm
    • $2,000,000 settlement of class action alleging disability discrimination against major shipping company arising out of company's medical leave policy
    • $4,250,000 settlement of class action alleging sex discrimination against women in mine industry hiring
  • Overtime
    • $1,750,00 pre-suit/settlement of claim by assistant managers
    • Settlement of suit for gym trainers pending in USDC ND ILL
    • Settled FLSA/State law overtime suits in the banking, bookstore, temporary staffing, recruiting, healthcare, medical records, newspaper, restaurants, retail and warehouse industries

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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