Hon. Stuart E. Palmer (Ret.)

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Hon. Stuart E. Palmer (Ret.) joins JAMS after a highly regarded 22 year career as a Justice of the Illinois Appellate Court and Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois. Throughout his judicial career, Justice Palmer presided over the trials and settlement of many of the most complex matters that came before the courts, including thousands of civil and criminal matters at all stages of litigation. As a chancery judge and an appellate justice, Palmer received consistent high praise for his handling of a wide variety of complex commercial disputes.
 
Throughout his career on the bench, Justice Palmer has been a proponent of pretrial settlement as well as arbitration in order to avoid the expense, delay and uncertainty of protracted litigation.

His class action experience includes the following areas/matters:

Representative Matters

  • Presided over numerous class actions including litigating discovery disputes, class certification, class decertification, appointment of class counsel and a steering committee
  • Motions to dismiss and for summary judgment, as well as settlement discussions, approving class settlements, and resolving objections to class settlements by class members, including:
    • an action against a major auto manufacturer
    • an action against a major drug manufacturer (consolidated from several circuits in Illinois and brought before Justice Palmer)
    • an action against the city of Chicago
    • an action against the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA)
    • an action against Illinois Bell/SBC
    • an action against a local sanitary district
    • an action against a nationwide fitness facility company (consolidated from other circuits and the federal system for the purpose of mediation before Justice Palmer at counsel's request and with the consent of the other state and federal judges)
    • cases brought pursuant to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA)

 

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Certificate of Completion, Advanced Arbitration Academy, University of Southern California-JAMS Arbitration Institute, August 2016
  • Certificate of Recognition by the Illinois Supreme Court for excellence in the delivery of judicial education programs
  • Recipient, Seymour Simon Justice Award, Jewish Judges Association of Illinois
  • Certificate of Appreciation, DePaul College of Law for contributions to the Lawyering Skills Program
  • Diploma of Judicial Skills, American Academy of Judicial Education
  • Member, Illinois Supreme Court:
    • Special Committee on Evidence
    • Committee on Education
    • Committee on Legislation
    • Special Committee on Courthouse and Judicial Security
    • Special Committee on Capital Cases
  • Member, Illinois Judicial Conference
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Fellow and lecturer, ASTAR (Advanced Scientific and Technological Adjudication Resource Project), National Science and Technology Resource Judges Program funded by the U.S. Department of Justice
  • Frequent Judge for the Annual National Trial Competition and the National Criminal Justice Trial Advocacy Competition, ABA Criminal Justice Section
  • Member/Past Board member, Illinois Judges Association
  • Board member, Jewish Judges Association
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member, Chicago Bar Association
  • Member, Decalogue Society of Lawyers
  • Member, Chicago Inn of Court
  • Member, American College of Business Court Judges
  • Frequent faculty member, Illinois Judicial Conference seminars for judges, the biannual Education Conference, and the New Judge Seminar
  • Frequent lecturer at Chicago Bar Association, Decalogue Society and local law firm CLE presentations
  • Frequent Guest Lecturer, local area high school classes
  • Adjunct Lecturer, DePaul College of Law
  • Guest Lecturer, University of Chicago School of Law
  • Faculty, National Institute for Trial Advocacy
  • Chair and Editor, Illinois Judicial Benchbook on Criminal Law

Background and Education

  • Justice of the Illinois Appellate Court, First District, 2012-2016
    • Assigned to the Appellate Court by order of the Illinois Supreme Court
    • Presiding Justice, 5th Division, September 2014-September 2015
  • Judge, Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois, 1994-2012
    • Chancery Division, 2005-2012
    • Criminal Division, 1994-2005
    • First Municipal District, 1994
  • Law Offices of Stuart E. Palmer, January 1993-January 1994
  • Hearing Officer, Illinois State Police Merit Board, October 1988-January 1994
  • Partner, Kanter & Mattenson, Ltd., April 1988-January 1993
  • Partner, Kulwin & Palmer, April 1987-April 1988
  • Assistant State's Attorney, Cook County State's Attorney's Office, November 1979-April 1987
  • J.D., Northwestern University School of Law, 1979
  • B.A., cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1976

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