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Hon. Sidney I. Schenkier (Ret.) Joins JAMS in Chicago

Hon. Sidney I. Schenkier (Ret.) Joins JAMS in Chicago

Former distinguished magistrate judge joins JAMS as arbitrator, mediator and special master/referee

New Panelist Announcement

Chicago - JAMS, the largest private provider of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) services worldwide, is pleased to announce the addition of Hon. Sidney I. Schenkier (Ret.) to its panel. Judge Schenkier joins JAMS with more than 20 years of distinguished service as a United States magistrate judge for the Northern District of Illinois, including two terms as presiding magistrate judge.

Based in the Chicago Resolution Center, Judge Schenkier will serve as an arbitrator, mediator, and special master/referee, handling disputes in business and commercial, civil rights, class action and mass tort, employment, intellectual property, personal injury and torts, insurance, federal law, appellate, education/schools, and professional liability. 

During his time on the bench, Judge Schenkier presided over approximately 40 jury trials, bench trials and preliminary injunction hearings, which included cases raising patent and trademark claims, employment law claims, constitutional claims, medical malpractice and other personal injury claims, trade secrets claims and other business disputes.

Judge Schenkier is known for his work ethic and commitment to the legal process. His experience in successfully resolving disputes and his understanding of the ADR process make him an excellent addition to our JAMS panel in Chicago.

- Chris Poole, JAMS President and CEO

In addition, Judge Schenkier has mediated more than 2,000 cases involving a broad array of federal and state law claims, including major class action and multidistrict litigation cases.

I am passionate about listening and truly understanding every element in the cases that I hear. This approach has helped me find creative resolutions in many cases. I am looking forward to bringing my experience to the highly regarded JAMS panel in Chicago.

-  Hon. Sidney I. Schenkier (Ret.), JAMS Neutral

Judge Schenkier received a B.S., with distinction, from Northwestern University and his J.D., magna cum laude, from Northwestern University.

About JAMS – Local Solutions. Global Reach.

Founded in 1979, JAMS is the largest private provider of alternative dispute resolution services worldwide. JAMS successfully resolves and manages business and legal disputes by providing efficient, cost-effective and impartial ways to overcome barriers at any stage of conflict. JAMS offers customized dispute resolution services locally and globally through a combination of industry-specific experience, first-class client service, top-notch facilities and highly trained panelists.

With a roster of nearly 400 neutrals and 28 locations, JAMS resolves thousands of the world’s important cases every year. JAMS also offers remote dispute resolution through videoconferencing and other platforms. JAMS neutrals are adept at managing the resolution process whether they are conducting in-person or virtual hearings.

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Featured People

Hon. Sidney I. Schenkier (Ret.)
  • Antitrust & Competition
  • Business & Commercial
  • Civil Rights
  • Class Action & Mass Tort
  • Employment Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Health Care
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Maritime & Admiralty Law
  • Personal Injury/Torts
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Real Estate & Real Property
  • Securities

Media Contact

For further information, please contact:

Kristine Snyder

JAMS Director, Public Relations & Content 

+1 949-224-4614 (Direct Dial)

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