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Michael Getty

Hon. Michael B. Getty (Ret.)

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Deborah Stewart
T: 312-655-9192
F: 312-655-0644
71 S. Wacker Drive, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60606
Michael Getty, a full-time mediator and arbitrator with JAMS since 2000, is a proven and highly-respected leader in the field of Alternative Dispute Resolution. His skill in resolving even the most complex and/or emotional conflicts is recognized locally, nationally, and internationally by legal and business communities alike.

Judge Getty’s many years as a Chancery Court Judge allowed him to hear a multitude of difficult and complicated matters, as well as hone his ability to conduct cases expeditiously with knowledge, skill, and integrity. A substantial part of his call while on the bench was declaratory judgment cases where the issue was insurance coverage. Because of his background, Judge Getty is often selected to resolve numerous cases involving coverage issues both as arbitrator and mediator and has settled 100% of all the coverage cases he has mediated. With care and concern, Judge Getty is swift but thorough in his preparation and ability to discover, crystallize, and work through issues to achieve positive results for the Parties, which consistently results in saved costs and time.

As a dedicated supporter of ADR, Judge Getty is considered an authority in the field, and lectures globally on its efficacy. Additionally, he has served as an advisor to the United States Department of State Delegation to UNCITRAL, as a negotiator on behalf of the United States to implement conciliation rules for resolving international trade disagreements, and as chair of the Drafting Committee for the Uniform Mediation Act.

Representative Matters

  • Resolved (during arbitration) an insurance coverage contract interpretation involving healthcare issues and a HMO plan failure
  • Resolved a duty to defend and indemnify dispute in a securities case
  • Resolved a major surety company’s denial of coverage on an embezzlement that almost rendered the claimant bankrupt
  • Resolved claims and coverage issues arising from serious injury to a claimant in a department store where contractor and sub-contractor negligence was alleged
  • Resolved denial of coverage in a sales malpractice complaint against an insurance agent who replaced an existing policy with two others allegedly to the detriment of the policyholder
  • Resolved numerous alleged medical, attorney, and accountant malpractice cases in which there was either denial of coverage (duty to defend and/or indemnify) or the insurance carrier was defended under a reservation of rights
  • Settled “first impression” multi-million dollar policy coverage dispute with a complex formula that considered risk of loss to each participant
  • Settled 13 party coverage issues involving three carriers from three different countries where securities fraud was alleged, and cases were pending in five different jurisdictions
  • Member, Federal Election Commission Mediation Panel
  • Advisor to the United States Department of State delegation to UNCITRAL
  • Negotiator on behalf of the United States Government to adopt rules for conciliating international trade disputes involving member nations
  • Commissioner and life member, National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws
  • Chair, Drafting Committee for the Uniform Mediation Act
  • Member, CPR Committee on Arbitration and Mediation of Patent Disputes
  • Chair, Einstein Institute Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee
  • Chair, Circuit Court of Cook County Human Genome Adjudication Project
  • Circuit Judge, Illinois Circuit Court, 1983-1999
  • Parliamentarian and Counsel to the Speaker, Illinois House of Representatives
  • Member, Illinois General Assembly, State Representative, 10th District
  • Partner, Getty & Getty Law Firm, Dolton, Illinois
  • Certification, Harvard University, Institute of Lawyers, Mediation Program
  • Certification, National Judicial College, ADR and Mediation Course of Study
  • J.D., DePaul University College of Law


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