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Julia Nowicki

Hon. Julia M. Nowicki (Ret.)

Case Manager
Juliana Wilkin
T: 312-655-9193
F: 312-655-0644
71 S. Wacker Dr., Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60606


Hon. Julia M. Nowicki (Ret.) has been a full-time arbitrator since joining JAMS in 2006. She focuses her practice on a wide variety of arbitrations, including complex commercial arbitration, sitting as both a single arbitrator and on tripartite panels.

Prior to joining JAMS, Judge Nowicki presided for more than twenty-two years in several divisions of the Circuit Court of Cook County, Chicago, Illinois, where she resolved a variety of matters including commercial disputes; corporate and partnership governance matters; class actions; insurance coverage disputes; professional malpractice; product liability, wrongful death, and Structural Work Act cases; employment, restrictive covenant, and executive termination cases; injunctive and declaratory judgment matters; trust disputes; and administrative review. Judge Nowicki accepts new arbitration matters on a limited basis. Please contact JAMS for further information.

ADR Experience and Qualifications

Judge Nowicki has extensive experience in the resolution of complex multi-party disputes in the following areas:

  • Business Commercial
  • Class Action
  • Corporate Governance
  • Employment/Restrictive Covenants/Executive Compensation/Discrimination
  • Health Care
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Professional Liability
  • Real Estate

Representative Arbitration Matters

  • Business Commercial
    • Accounting negligence and breach of contract claim by publicly chartered and regulated mutual insurance company
    • Breach of contract and fraud case involving substantial corporate financing arrangements
    • Breach of contract claims involving contract interpretation principles in multiple areas of commerce (e.g., railroads, energy, lumber/paper, sponsorship agreements, securities/brokerage agreements, real estate)
    • Breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, and corporate governance matter in hospital, provider, and PPO collections matters
    • Post-closing adjustments due to acquisition of business
    • Shareholder and partnership disputes
    • Stock Purchase Agreement disputes
  • Class Actions
    • Consumer and employment
  • Employment
    • Executive termination matters and related claims to bonus and base compensation in a wide variety of business ventures, including dental practice, sports agency, executive search firm, hospital and health care agreements 
    • Restrictive covenant disputes
    • Discrimination claims
    • Wage and Claim disputes
  • Insurance
    • Coverage claim, breach of contract and fraud action against mortgage insurer related to current national mortgage foreclosure crises 
  • Professional Fees 
    • Attorneys’ fees disputes in the context of patent litigation, class actions, wrongful termination, including claims of breach of professional ethics
    • Fee disputes ancillary to substantive cases, pursuant to fee shifting provisions
    • Fee disputes in other professional practices such as dental and medical

Representative Trial Matters

  • Business/Commercial
    • Conducted trials in commercial matters involving breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, and fraud involving closely held corporations, REIT’s, joint ventures, and partnerships
  • Class Actions
    • Handled multiple nationwide class actions, including claim and settlement against a major insurance broker
  • Professional Malpractice and Torts
    • Heard multiple professional malpractice matters with and without coverage issues
    • Heard pretrial and dispositive motions before a $100 million settlement of the Willis v. Transamerica matter, which involved the tragic deaths of six children as a result of the negligence of a truck driver implicated in the “licenses for bribes” scandal, which included a rule to show cause why the Secretary of State, then Governor of Illinois, should not be held in contempt of court
  • Real Estate
    • Handled multiple zoning matters, including the last undeveloped property on Lake Shore Drive in Chicago
    • Tried multiple matters concerning real estate developments, commercial leases and other real estate related agreements
  • Ranked among the Top 10 Women ADR Neutrals in Illinois, Leading Lawyers, 2014, 2015
  • Honoree, Justice Circle, Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, 2014
  • Appointed by Mayor Rham Emanuel to the City of Chicago Board of Ethics in 2012 for a four year term
  • Appointed by the Federal District Court of the Northern District of Illinois as the Compliance Administrator to monitor illegal patronage practices in the County of Cook, 2006-2009
  • Served as a member of Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke’s Committee to Screen Judicial Applicants
  • Trial Practice Instructor
    • Adjunct Professor at Loyla of Chicago Law School, 2005-Present
    • American Trial Lawyers Association
    • National Institute of Trial Advocacy
    • Chicago Bar Association, created and implemented trial advocacy course designed to comply with the Federal Trial Bar requirements
  • Judicial
    • Appointed by the Chief Judge to the Cook County Circuit Court Committee on Racial, Ethnic, and Gender Preference
    • Served as a member of the Illinois Supreme Court Conference, 1992-2004
  • Lecturer
    • Frequent presenter at a numerous venues, including bar associations, law firms, professional organizations, commercial organizations, and Illinois Supreme Court seminars on a wide variety of topics
  • Bar Associations
    • Chicago Bar Association, served in several leadership roles, including as a Member of the Board of Managers and co-founder of the CBA Symphony Orchestra
    • Active in the Women’s Bar Association and Advocates Society
  • Judge, Circuit Court of Cook County, 1984-2006
  • Private practice with Burke and Smith Chtd., 1981-1984
  • Assistant State’s Attorney - Civil Division and Criminal Division, Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, 1975-1981
  • J.D., Loyola University Chicago School of Law, 1975
  • B.A., University of Wisconsin, 1971

Counsel Comments

    • “Judge Nowicki was the ideal arbitrator; she was well prepared, courteous and fair to all parties, and immediately demonstrated a keen insight into, and understanding of, both the legal issues and the complex technical issues presented in our case. She did not hesitate to 'get her hands dirty' by digging into the engineering issues with the experts.”



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