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William Hartgering

William E. Hartgering

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Deborah Stewart
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A full time mediator and arbitrator since opening the Chicago JAMS/ENDISPUTE office in 1982, Bill’s international practice includes the resolution of over 1,000 complex matters arising in 50 states and foreign countries, as well as appointments by federal and state judges in 10 states, co-mediations with a sitting federal judge and a variety of experts, and training for state, federal, and foreign governments in Asia and Eastern Europe.

Prior to 1982, he practiced law, concentrating on commercial, employment, and insurance related litigation, representing both plaintiffs and defendants.

Supplementary Matters

  • Antitrust Statue of Limitations. Extensive work and eventual unpublished Northwestern Law Review article on the variety of Federal Court Antitrust Statute of Limitations interpretations in the early 1970s
  • Related Experience in Patent, Franchise, M&A matters. While not developed in filed pleadings, potential antitrust issues have often been raised and resolved in my patent, franchise and M&A mediations

Representative Matters

  • Concert Promoter/Radio Station Owner. Long-standing, very public “David and Goliath” dispute among a nationwide owner of several stations and a local concert promoter involving tying, essential facilities, and monopolization issues
  • First international transaction to be removed from federal court and arbitrated after Mitsubishi v. Chrysler. Process design working with a Scandinavian party (and its U.S. distributor) who was surprised to learn that their Federal Court antitrust case was dismissed pursuant to a boilerplate arbitration clause
  • Honors
    • Ranked among the Top 10 ADR Neutrals in Illinois, Leading Lawyers, 2014
    • Recommended “Leading Lawyer” Commercial ADR Law
  • Memberships & Professional Activites
    • Former Adjunct Faculty, Northwestern University
      • Kellogg School of Management
      • Pritzker School of Law
    • Trainer, 30 forums in 15 states, Hong Kong, Latvia, and Lithuania
    • Member, Regional Utility Mediation/Arbitration Outage Allocation Panels
    • Active Member, ABA Section of Dispute Resolution and SPIDR (now ACR), 1981-present
    • Member, Unitarian Church of Evanston
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  • J.D., Northwestern University (Law Review, First Place, Moot Court Competition; National Moot Court team), 1975
  • B.S., cum laude, Political Science, Claremont McKenna College, Claremont, CA, 1972
  • Born 1949, Two children, Extensive travel in Japan, Hong Kong, South Africa, Asian/European Russia, Eastern/Western Europe, Caribbean, Central America, and each of the 50 United States

Counsel Comments

    • "Bill is an extraordinarily quick study, who thoroughly prepares and thus is very credible in the discussion of strengths and weaknesses. He understands my business, the law and kept us focused on the practical issues driving our dispute.” 

      -from Feedback: Secrets of Successful (& Unsuccessful) Mediators 2007 Studies II and III

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