William Hartgering

William E. Hartgering

JAMS Mediator, Arbitrator and Referee/Special Master

Case Manager
Deborah Stewart
T: 312-655-9192
F: 312-655-0644
71 S. Wacker Drive, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60606


Mr. Hartgering has handled many franchise and dealer/manufacturer disputes including the following representative cases.

Representative Matters

  • California
    • Los Angeles. Warranty chargeback mediation
    • San Bernardino. Financial/real estate workout mediation, new & existing stores
  • Colorado
    • Fort Collins. Financial/real estate workout mediation involving part debt and future franchisee/ franchiser relationship
  • Florida
    • Fort Myers/Sarasota. Financial/real estate workout mediation involving past debt and future development of multiple stores
    • Fort Myers/Bremerton. Financial/real estate workout mediation involving past debt and future franchisee/franchiser operation
  • Georgia
    • Atlanta. Financial/commercial workout mediation involving past debt and future franchisee/ franchiser relationship
  • Illinois
    • Chicago. Multi-party financial/real estate mediation involving several banks, 21 stores, nearly two dozen commercial real estate transactions, a national restaurant franchiser and a bitter $25M lawsuit
    • Chicago/Rock Island. Mediation involving proposed city/suburban relocation and 3 pending lawsuits
    • Chicago. Mediation involving proposed relocation and a pending lawsuit
    • Barrington. Mediation involving allocation issues
  • Michigan
    • Grand Rapids. Financial/real estate workout mediation involving past debt and franchisee termination
    • Grand Rapids. Mediation involving owners of very valuable French fry batter
  • Missouri
    • St. Louis. Financial/real estate workout mediation, multiple franchisees/stores
  • New Jersey
    • Newark. Financial/real estate workout mediation involving advertising, past debt and future franchiser/franchisee relationship
  • Ohio
    • Youngstown. Chargeback mediation involving sales incentives, “upfitting” issues
  • Pennsylvania
    • Pittsburgh. Chargeback arbitration involving sales incentive program and “remanufacturing” issues
  • Texas
    • San Antonio. Chargeback mediation: sales incentives and major regional dealer
  • Virginia
    • Richmond. Financial/commercial workout mediation involving past debt and future franchisee/ franchiser relationship
Completed Virtual ADR training conducted by the JAMS Institute, the training arm of JAMS. 

  • 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
  • ADR Profile
  • 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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