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 joined JAMS in 2003, bringing over 20 years of employment law practice experience to the Chicago panel. Her solid grounding in employment and benefits law and her understanding of the realities of litigation in this area have led to scores of successful settlements involving individual claims, classes and putative classes of employees and for profit companies of all sizes, not‐for‐profit entities, public employers, and partnerships.

Her experience in dealing with large and small employers as well as executives and employees provides insights into the interests and positions of everyone at the table. Clients appreciate her ability to handle emotional situations, and her perseverance in working with parties to move forward to a pragmatic resolution. Ms. Haude manages an arbitration process that is tailored to the size and complexity of the case, applicable law and the agreements of the parties.

Special Master/Settlement Master/Claims Process

  • As the Special Master for a large, complex and creative settlement of a nationwide class action sexual harassment lawsuit, Ms. Haude determined eligibility of putative class members, directed the claims and response process, conducted neutral fact‐finding, and adjudicated the claims of three tiers of claimants. Following the adjudication phase, Ms. Haude monitored the company’s performance
  • Class A Claims Adjudicator in the settlement of a class action in which a large group of African-American farmers alleged that the U.S. Department of Agriculture had discriminated against them with respect to government lending practices

Representative Mediations

  • Wage & Hour/Benefits
    • Mediated information exchanges and then settlement of class action brought by three subclasses of management and non‐management employees of a nationwide home improvement chain for unpaid vacation and bonuses in a class action under the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act (IWPCA)
    • Mediated collective and class action of service technicians against nationwide business equipment corporation seeking off‐the‐clock overtime under FLSA and NY state law for time allegedly spent during lunch and after work
    • Mediated a number of off‐the‐clock and/or misclassification class and collective action overtime claims involving both public and private sector employers, as well as ancillary retaliation claims of some named plaintiffs. Addressed issues of numerosity, commonality, manageability of hybrid Rule 23/FLSA actions, calculation of damages, and applicability of recent case law
    • Mediated IWPCA, ERISA and contractual benefit aspects of claims of separated employees and executives where primary claim was breach of contract, discrimination, or retaliatory discharge
  • Executives and Professionals
    • Mediated contract, discrimination, pay, tort, and retaliation claims of numerous financial services and banking executives, involving a variety of claims in both RIF (reduction in force) and non-RIF situations
    • Mediated claims of executive in start‐up business that change in duties breached contract, violated Title VII, Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) and Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and resulted in retaliatory discharge
    • Mediated claim of executive that terminating her employment but not male executive after discovery of their consensual relationship was gender discrimination
    • Mediated separations of executive directors in not-for-profits, in-house counsel, law firm associate, and principal in high profile professional firm
  • Discrimination and Harassment
    • Mediated claim of racial discrimination in promotions by class of African American management employees
    • Mediated ADA claim by EEOC that national food chain failed to accommodate employee
    • Mediated a number of age, disability and gender discrimination claims by employees in various kinds of businesses, including reverse gender discrimination claims
    • Mediated a number of claims of race and/or national origin discrimination and retaliation by employees of public and private employers
    • Mediated a number of highly emotional sexual harassment claims by employees in various industries, including alleged same sex harassment and alleged retaliation for reporting harassment

Representative Arbitrations

  • 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
  • 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
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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