About The Illinois Academy of Mediators & Arbitrators
The Illinois Academy is the local chapter of the National
Academy of Distinguished Neutrals (NADN), a professional
association whose membership consists of attorneys
distinguished by their hands-on experience in the field
of civil & commercial conflict resolution and by
their commitment to the practice of alternative dispute
With over 800 members throughout the United States, the
NADN is the largest free public roster of experienced
ADR attorneys online. Membership is by invitation only
and limited to neutrals who have proven experience in
the resolution of commercial & civil disputes. All
members have been recognized for their accomplishments
through a peer-nomination and client review process.
For more about NADN, please watch our "Introduction to
NADN" YouTube video below...
About This Illinois Chapter Site There is clear demand from attorneys, corporate counsel,
adjusters and parties to know more specific information about a given
neutral: their practice experience, qualifications, language skills,
dispute areas in which they have previously mediated, and so on. This
website allows the visitor to find the state's most experienced ADR
professionals quickly and easily. There is also the common difficulty of
settling upon a mutually agreed date for a mediation or arbitration -
IllinoisMediators.org serves as a daily scheduling aid to attorneys and staff.
Membership Membership to the Illinois Academy is by invitation only.
Membership is limited to established civil-trial mediators and
arbitrators, all of whom are confirmed to have met strict nomination
and practice requirements.
2 Academy members are required to
sponsor/second an attorney for consideration.
Only attorneys in good standing
with the State Bar of Illinois are considered eligible*
All Members are professional
neutrals in civil/commercial mediation or arbitration practice
for a minimum of 5 years, with a minimum of 30% of their
professional efforts dedicated to civil/commercial ADR
practice. All members receive remuneration for ADR
practice at least 90 days annually.
Members identified as MEDIATORS
must have privately mediated a minimum of 200 civil disputes, excluding
pro bono or family law cases.
Members identified as ARBITRATORS
must have arbitrated to final award a minimum of 20 civil
cases. Exceptions may be made in the case of
former judges, where time on the bench/published decisions can
be considered towards the totals.
8 attorney client references
required on application (attorneys for whom neutral has
mediated/arbitrated civil-trial disputes in the
preceding 60 days. Each will be contacted and interviewed as
to the nominee's approach, effectiveness as a neutral,
professionalism and reputation.
All nominees must provide attorney references (as described above)
before being considered for the National Academy. The final
decision to approve/decline membership rests with the Executive
Director of NADN.
on the Bar Membership requirement may be made in the rare circumstances
where a neutral is widely respected by peers and similarly trusted by
attorneys as a mediator/arbitrator.
The Committee is an appointed team of fulltime
ADR professionals who have been instrumental
in helping to identify, and nominate, neutrals of
repute across Illinois. They have also
given advice as to suitable membership criteria, and
suggestions/improvements that have led to the current version of this, the
We are grateful to the following
distinguished Committee Members serving through to 2014:
National Academy Membership Fee : $60 per month (Preferred method of payment is monthly
charge to members' credit card, else annual card payment of
ALL IL CHAPTER ATTORNEYS ARE RECOGNIZED MEMBERS OF THE NATIONAL
ACADEMY OF DISTINGUISHED NEUTRALS, SEE MEMBERSHIP CRITERIA AND
DUES DETAILS AT www.NADN.org/membership.html
In June 2013, NADN was confirmed as a partner to both the
national defense bar (www.DRI.org/Neutrals)
and the plaintiffs bar (www.Justice.org/Neutrals).
All NADN member profiles are now promoted to the more than
40,000 members of these legal associations.