Stephen Schiller

Hon. Stephen A. Schiller (Ret.)

JAMS Mediator, Arbitrator and Referee/Special Master

Case Manager
Sandra Dicken
T: 312-655-9191
F: 312-655-0644
71 S. Wacker Drive, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60606


Hon. Stephen A. Schiller (Ret.) has been resolving disputes at JAMS-Chicago for over a decade.  With over 20 years judicial experience in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois and nearly as many in private practice, Judge Schiller is a trusted expert in the Chicagoland legal community.

Judge Schiller’s ADR practice focuses on commercial contract disputes; personal injury matters arising out of claimed negligence and product liability; insurance coverage; professional liability disputes involving the medical, legal, accounting and surveying professions; class action claims, and disputes arising out of the purchase and sale of interests in business, as well as minority interest issues.

Representative Matters

  • Corporate governance and shareholder dispute, involving reorganization and valuation issues; values in excess of $700 million
  • Dispute between a chemical/manufacturing company and its former director of marketing. Issues arose concerning both covenants and duties with regard to certain patents and licensing agreements. Ultimate resolution required the participation in the mediation of a European company which held related patents which would have likely affected the value of the parties' respective claims; values exceeded $200 million
  • Dispute between a franchisee and an owner of major office and mall properties regarding the franchisee’s claimed right to succeed to the position of the original franchisor in relation to numbers of prime locations; values exceeded $3 million
  • Dispute between a limited and a general partner of an LLC regarding the right to develop an existing complex in Florida into condominiums; values exceeded $55 million
  • Dispute between competing internet service providers respecting claims of wrongful acquisition or control of what were claimed to be important access numbers in large market areas in various parts of the country; values claimed exceeded $4 million
  • Dispute between shareholders and investors holding a large number of warrants to purchase new shares regarding the control and day-to-day management of a hotel/casino property located in the Mediterranean; values involved in the controversy exceeded $35 million
  • Dispute involving an insurance business with agencies located in large population centers around the country which offered coverage to a sophisticated professional clientele. The controversy was between the parent business and departing executives who were beginning a competing business. One of the principals of the new competing company had recently sold an agency to the parent business which included clients whom he was soliciting for future business; values exceeded $10 million
Completed Virtual ADR training conducted by the JAMS Institute, the training arm of JAMS. 

  • Chair, Supreme Court Committee on Complex Litigation, 2003-2004; member since 2001<
  • Executive Committee, Illinois Judicial Conference, 2001-2004
  • Faculty, Illinois Judicial Conference Regional Seminar on Settlement Techniques, March 2003
  • Chair, Illinois Judicial Conference Regional Seminar on Insurance Litigation, 2003
  • Award, Illinois Committee on Honest Government, 1997
  • Illinois Representative Multi District Silicone Gel Breast Implant Litigation, 1992-1997
  • Fellow, Institution for Social and Policy Studies, Yale Univ., 1972
  • National Defender Fellow, Univ. of Chicago Law School, 1965
  • Full-time JAMS neutral, 2004-Present
  • Judge, Circuit Court of Cook County, Chicago, Illinois, 1981-2004
  • Special Counsel to the Director, Illinois Department of Revenue, 1980
  • Executive Director, Chicago Crime Commission, 1974-1980
  • Private Law Practice, Chicago, Illinois, 1962-1974, 1980
  • J.D., University of Chicago Law School, 1961
  • B.S.C., Accounting and Finance, Roosevelt University, 1958



Practice Areas


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