Deborah Haude

Deborah Gage Haude, Esq.

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


Deborah Haude arbitrates individual, multi-party and class action cases in a variety of employment, benefit and commercial areas. Within the structure of the rules the parties agreed to and applicable law, Ms. Haude tailors the process of each case to its size and complexity, with an emphasis on moving forward in a practical rather than formalistic way.

Representative Arbitrations

  • Class and collective actions
    • Arbitrated remaining issues in settled nationwide class alleging racial discrimination in promotions
    • Arbitrated remaining issues in settled statewide class seeking bonus and vacation pay for three subclasses of employees
    • Arbitrated issues relating to notice, conditional certification, and settlement of claims in hybrid class/collective FLSA wage and hour action
  • Executive employment and partnership agreements/compensation agreements/ ERISA plans
    • Arbitrated executive employment agreement action in automotive-related industry
    • Arbitrated claims of former partner in large professional organization alleging that retirement was involuntary and in violation of partnership agreement and age discrimination laws
    • Arbitrator in numerous cases involving bonus and compensation issues in the accounting, consulting, defense, and financial services industries
    • Party-appointed arbitrator in a number of ERISA severance pay plan cases in telecommunications industry
  • Employment discrimination/wrongful termination
    • Arbitrator in claims involving breach of contract, whistleblowing, defamation, intentional infliction of emotional distress, constructive discharge, common law and statutory retaliatory discharge, as well as state and federal law claims of disability discrimination, gender discrimination, national origin discrimination, race discrimination, and racial and sexual harassment in the automotive, restaurant, financial services, transportation, warehousing, healthcare and other industries
    • Ruled on numerous disputes regarding compensation and bonus packages in the accounting, consulting, defense, and financial services industries
    • Arbitrated executive employment agreement action in automotive-related industry
    • Handled notice, release, fairness and attorney fee determinations in a nationwide racial discrimination class action alleging failure to promote and state law bonus and vacation pay claims
    • Arbitrator in FLSA/state law wage and hour hybrid collective action involving claims of misclassification, including determinations relating to notice, conditional certification and settlement
  • Business/Commercial
    • Arbitrated interim relief in portion of multi-party unfair competition action
    • Arbitrator in numerous cases involving credit cards, including unpaid balances, loan interest issues, and alleged torts and fair credit statute violations
Completed Virtual ADR training conducted by the JAMS Institute, the training arm of JAMS. 

  • Member, American Bar Association, Illinois State, DuPage County, and Chicago Bar Associations
  • Frequent speaker and panelist on topics related to arbitration, mediation, class action arbitration, wage and hour mediation, and negotiation
  • Arbitrator/Mediator, JAMS, 2004-present
  • Arbitrator/Mediator, ADR Associates, LLC, 2003
  • Attorney, Winston & Strawn, 1979–2003 (Partner-1985, Capital Partner-1994)
  • J.D., Northwestern University School of Law, 1979
  • B.A., Elmhurst College, 1972




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