Hon. Stephen A. Schiller (Ret.)

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Professional Liability
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

  • A $2.5 million dollar claim of negligence that the defendant attorney had failed to adequately document the terms of an agreement resulting in the dismissal of the plaintiff’s claims against another person in a mixed business/real estate transaction.
  • A claim brought against an accounting firm that had prepared financial statements used by a borrower in obtaining a loan of in excess of $1 million. The borrower defaulted on the loan. The lender alleged the accountants failed to follow generally accepted accounting principles in preparing the statements which would have apprised the lender of the risks involved and the lender would have denied the loan.
  • A surgeon who, in excising a portion of a patient’s intestines, bypassed the remaining portion of his small intestines and reconnected directly to the large intestines. The patient, man in his late sixties, returned to the surgeon and to his internist a number of times over the following year with complaints of pain, incontinence, weakness, and weight loss. No diagnoses of his condition was made until more than a year after his surgery at which time he was too weak to survive corrective surgery. Both a survival action and a wrongful death action against both the surgeon and internist were brought. Resolution was in excess of four million dollars.
  • Claimants in a wrongful death and survival action contended decedent had been improperly treated during hospitalization. Alleged failure to give blood tests at necessary intervals to monitor the effects of blood thinning drugs administered and failure to perform diagnostic tests to determine that the oxygen level in blood had fallen to a dangerously low level. Claims resolved for approximately $700,000.
  • Legal malpractice matter involving defendant attorney's failure to diligently obtain service in a timely manner resulting in the dismissal of the plaintiff’s defamation claim. A substantial issue was whether the plaintiff would have prevailed on the underlying claim, and if he did, what the likely amount of his recovery would be.
  • Medical malpractice matter involving a young mother with classic symptoms of appendicitis being treated at the hospital emergency room. She was given pain medication and told to return if pain did not subside within 24 hours. Approximately 24 hours later, she went to a second hospital where she was correctly diagnosed. Her appendix had burst and she was suffering from peritonitis. She died following surgery. Survival and wrongful death actions were brought against the first hospital and the physicians who examined her there. The matter was resolved for in excess of three million dollars.

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • 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

Background and Education

  • 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

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