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Susan Zwick

Hon. Susan F. Zwick (Ret.)

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Michael McCants
T: 312-655-9199
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71 S. Wacker Dr. , Suite 2400 , Chicago , IL 60606

Hon. Susan F. Zwick (Ret.) joins JAMS after over 20 years of service on the Cook County bench where she presided over a wide range of matters, including complex commercial litigation and domestic relations matters. She is known for her ability to grasp relevant issues quickly, as well as her frank and effective communication style.

Judge Zwick’s long career as an advocate and judge in the Cook County courts makes her a uniquely qualified ADR neutral with extensive experience in the following areas:

ADR Experience and Qualifications

  • Business/ Commercial
  • Construction Defect
  • Education/Schools
  • Employment/Labor
  • FELA/Jones Act
  • Insurance
  • Medical Negligence/Health Care
  • Personal Injury/Torts
  • Professional Liability

Representative Matters

  • Presided over several intentional tort/personal injury claims involving punitive damages and the resulting insurance ramifications, including a defamation/false light action which grew out of a termination of employment for a union employee
  • Presided over numerous FELA actions, including both traumatic and repetitious injury claims
  • Presided over a multi-party lawsuit Consumer Fraud Act lawsuit between homeowners and homebuilders involving land engineering through varied water tables and municipal regulations
  • Negotiated insurance coverage issues which allowed for the settlement of several cases involving allegations of fraud in contract formation
  • Presided over numerous real estate foreclosure and mortgage disputes involving both commercial and residential units and allegations of contractual breaches
  • Resolved all personal injury actions arising from the 2006 Blue Line derailment
  • Presided over numerous professional liability/medical negligence disputes, including disputes between individuals and the respective professional licensing board
  • Determined numerous claims involving scope of contractual obligations between contractors and principals and individual workers on construction projects
  • Presided over a multi-million dollar insurance fraud/fire loss claim
  • Settled numerous personal injury suits, including several catastrophic injury and burn cases

  • Adjunct Faculty, Trial Advocacy, University of Notre Dame Law School, 2005-present
  • Judicial Education Faculty, Administrative Office of Illinois Courts, 2006-2013
  • Judge, Cook County Circuit Court, Chicago, Illinois, 1992-2014
    • Law Jury Division, 2002-2005; 2007-2014
    • Law Division, Motion Calendar C, 2005-2007
    • Complex Litigation and Mediation, 1995-2002
    • Domestic Relations Division, 1992-1995
  • Trial and Appellate Attorney, Querrey, Harrow, Gulanick & Kennedy, 1980-1992
  • J.D., University of Notre Dame, 1980
  • A.B., Government and International Studies, University of Notre Dame, 1977


    Practice Areas

    • Arbitration
    • Business/Commercial
    • Construction Defect
    • Education/Schools
    • Employment/FELA/Labor
    • Health Care
    • Insurance
    • Personal Injury/Torts
    • Professional Liability
    • Special Master/Discovery Referee


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