William E. Hartgering

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International
A full time mediator and arbitrator since opening the Chicago JAMS/ENDISPUTE office in 1982, Bill's international practice includes more than a thousand complex, multi-party matters arising in over 50 states and foreign countries, as well as appointments by federal and state judges in 10 states and co-mediations with a sitting federal judge and a variety of experts.

A former Adjunct Professor teaching Negotiation and ADR at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and the School of Law, and trainer in diverse forums across the United States, Bill conducted mediation trainings sponsored by the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency involving the government, business, and lawyers in Lithuania and Latvia involving oil spill and related governmental and business issues.

He also conducted mediation trainings in Hong Kong for government, legal, design professional, and all other construction related parties as part of a mandatory mediation program involving the construction of all government buildings in a multi-year period prior to Chinese rule.

Prior to 1982, Bill's law practice concentrated on commercial, employment, and insurance related litigation, representing both plaintiffs and defendants.

Bill's extensive personal travel includes:
  • Asia: Japan, Hong Kong, Asian/European Russia (Trans Siberian Rail Road)
  • Africa: South Africa
  • Eastern Europe: Latvia, Lithuania
  • Western Europe: Austria, Great Britain, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland
  • North America: Canada, each of the 50 states in the United States
  • Caribbean/Central America: Costa Rica, Mexico, Belize, Dominique, Bermuda
Unless otherwise noted, matters described below were mediated or arbitrated in Chicago directly involving high-level businesses representatives from countries indicated with approximate dates in parentheses.

Representative Matters

  • Australia: Owner of worldwide wineries, mediation with an American exclusive distributor (2007)
  • Canada: Class of Canadian workers working in U.S. auto plants, wage discrimination mediation, workers paid in Canadian dollars (2004-2005)
  • China: Owner of a heater component part distributor, mediation involving a recall of the of the hot water heater (Jan-Mar 2007)
  • France:
    • International manufacturer of automotive component parts and an American purchaser (pre 2004)
    • Legal malpractice, merger and acquisition involving foreign subsidiary (Feb 2006)
  • Germany:
    • European distribution rights of multilingual translation software, necessity to determine the “proper price” for a matter involving founder/seller and venture group/buyer of a software firm and the negotiation of a severance agreement involving European distribution rights of multilingual translation software. The largest customer of both parties directly participated in the mediation. (Mar 2004)
    • U.S. corporate headquarters, mediation involving construction defects, design, delay, and numerous contractual issues (2001)
    • Large vehicle manufacturer component part, mediation (2003)
  • Great Britain:
    • Trademark and trade dress infringement, Lanham Act dilution issues involving international apparel designer and a century old major U.S. shoe manufacturer (allegedly “knock off” shoes) (Dec 2007)
    • Consulate, real estate, and insurance issues (Apr 2005)
  • Hong Kong: Intensive training for all construction participants, from owners, contractors, and architects to suppliers to all construction projects to be completed in Hong Kong before the transfer of the city to China (1994)
  • Japan:
    • Owner of an American manufacturing plant, mediation involving alleged sexual harassment (pre 1999)
    • Parent of construction general contractor, multi-party arbitration involving the construction of a U.S. sports stadium (Milwaukee 2003)
    • Flat screen television manufacturer, alleged unfair competition, mediation involving U.S. electronics firm (2002)
    • Automotive part manufacturer/federal recall, mediations (2005, Jun 2006)
  • Korea: Owner of an automotive component part manufacturer, mediation involving a recall of the door mechanism (2002)
  • Latvia/Lithuania: U.S. State Department funded assistance provided on site to both governments; mediation training to high-level representatives of both countries to resolve pending oil spill issues in lieu of a treaty, as well as other political and economic issues between the two countries (Feb 2002)
  • Sweden:
    • Owner of manufacturing plant, process design involving the first international transaction involving alleged arbitration to be removed from federal court and arbitrated after Mitsubishi v. Chrysler (pre 1990)
    • International manufacturer of 56 wind turbines, problems with operations in two states (2002)
    • Manufacturing company involved in various business, construction, and employment cases (1997-1999)
  • Switzerland: Chemical company, contract dispute with U.S. supplier (2005)

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • 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

Background and Education

  • 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

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