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Just. Michael Gallagher (Ret.), Mediator & Arbitrator, Chicago, Illinois.

Just. Michael Gallagher (Ret.)

Gallagher Mediation Services LLC
180 North LaSalle Street, #3700
Chicago, IL 60601
Tel: (312) 523-9805
Fax: (312) 523-9805
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Recognized to Illinois Chapter for Mediation & Arbitration Other ADR Services: ADR Training/CME, Discovery Referee, Early Neutral Evaluation, Mini-Trial Judge
  • Practice Commenced: 2011
  • Total Mediations (as of Oct 2021): 250
  • Total Arbitrations (as of Oct 2021): 40
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Judge Gallagher served on the Circuit Court for 8 years, 6 of them in Law Division. He also served 15 years in the Appellate Court. He was Presiding Justice of his Division multiple times and served as the Chairman of the Executive Committee of the First District Appellate Court from September 1, 2009 until August 31, 2010.

During his tenure on the Circuit Court he successfully mediated many complex cases in diverse areas of law, including mediated settlements of over $100 Million. He also served on the Mediation Committee of the Illinois Appellate Court, First District. Justice Gallagher is a Certified Mediator through his participation in the Cook County Mediation Training Program.

Since retiring in April 2011, Justice Gallagher has been the principal of Michael J. Gallagher Mediation Services. He is a mediator, arbitrator and also conducts appellate consultations.

Case Experience

  • Appellate
  • Automotive
  • Business Dissolution
  • Class Actions
  • Commercial/Business
  • Condominiums
  • Contract Disputes
  • Discrimination
  • Employment
  • Family Businesses
  • Health Care
  • Insurance
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Nursing Homes
  • Partnerships
  • Personal Injury
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Property Damage
  • Railroad & Trucking
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Torts
  • Transportation
  • Wrongful Death


Justice Gallagher is an Honors graduate of both the University of Illinois at Chicago where he received his B.A. and the Chicago-Kent College of Law where he was awarded his J.D. Justice Gallagher was also awarded a Masterʼs Degree in Liberal Arts from the University of Chicago in 2010.

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Justice of the Illinois Appellate Court (1996- April 2011)
  • Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Appellate Court, First District (2009-2010)
  • Circuit Judge, Cook County Law Division (1990-1996)
  • Circuit Judge, Cook County First Municipal Department (1988-1990)

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