Judge Coar served as United States District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois for 16 years and as a United States Bankruptcy Judge for eight years. From 1979 to 1982, he served as the first United States Bankruptcy Trustee in the Northern District of Illinois. He has extensive experience in handling complex, commercial, employment and mass tort cases. He has tried and settled hundreds of cases involving the full array of matters subject to federal jurisdiction.
“Judge Coar is known for his excellent legal ability, efficient management of complex cases and integrity,” said Chris Poole, JAMS president and CEO. “Additionally, Judge Coar’s extensive bankruptcy and federal experience is noteworthy. We are extremely pleased to have him join our panel.”
“I’ve always admired JAMS for its panel of intelligent, compassionate and highly capable neutrals and for its case management team,” said Judge Coar. “I’m very excited to take this next step in my professional journey and join this impressive team.”
Judge Coar has traveled extensively across the globe to consult on judicial and economic issues and has participated in educational programs for foreign judges in the U.S. and overseas. He has participated in programs in China, Russia, Nigeria and Cameroon sponsored by various law schools, the National Center for State Courts, the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Commerce.
Judge Coar received his B.A. from Syracuse University and his J.D. from Loyola Law School. He also received a Masters of Law from Harvard University.
About JAMS, The Resolution Experts
Founded in 1979, JAMS, The Resolution Experts is the largest private provider of mediation and arbitration services worldwide. With Resolution Centers nationwide and abroad, JAMS and its more than 250 exclusive neutrals are responsible for resolving thousands of the world’s important cases. JAMS may be reached at 800-352-5267.