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Stuart M. Widman, Mediator & Arbitrator, Chicago, Illinois.

Stuart M. Widman

Widman Law Offices LLC
180 North LaSalle Street
Suite 3600
Chicago, IL 60601
Tel: (312) 759-7242
Fax: (312) 263-3270
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Recognized to Illinois Chapter for Mediation & Arbitration Other ADR Services: ADR Training/CME, Early Neutral Evaluation


Mr. Widman is a nationally recognized commercial arbitrator, mediator and litigator. For over 35 years he has handled complex matters in areas such as healthcare, sales and commercial code, employment, insurance, partnerships and corporations, construction and real estate, intellectual property, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals, computers and e-commerce, utilities and telecommunications, environmental, licenses, securities, and franchises. As an arbitrator or mediator, over the past 24 years, parties have entrusted over $1.6 billion of domestic and international commercial disputes, including class actions, to arbitrate or mediate. He has authored hundreds of awards, orders and rulings.

Mr. Widman has been a frequent author, teacher, and presenter on litigation and ADR topics. He has published 25 articles, chapters, or guidebooks; has spoken at over 50 ABA or other bar association and industry programs; has been on the national teaching faculty of the American Arbitration Association for 14 years; and has taught commercial arbitration at DePaul University School of Law. A partner at Miller Shakman & Beem LLP, Chicago, he is a 1970 graduate of the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and a 1974 graduate of Northwestern University School of Law.  Mr. Widman can be reached at or 312-759-7242.

Case Experience

  • Agricultural
  • Anti-Trust
  • Appellate
  • Bankruptcy/Creditors
  • Business Dissolution
  • Class Actions
  • Commercial/Business
  • Condominiums
  • Construction
  • Consumer Fraud
  • Contract Disputes
  • Debt Collections
  • Discrimination
  • Divorce (High Asset)
  • EEOC
  • Employment
  • Energy Sector (Oil/Gas)
  • Environmental
  • Family Businesses
  • Franchise
  • Health Care
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • International
  • Land Use/Planning
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Local Govt./Municipalities
  • Medical Devices
  • Mining
  • Mortgage Foreclosure
  • Partnerships
  • Pensions
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Professional Fees
  • Professional Liability
  • Real Estate
  • Securities
  • Shareholder Disputes
  • Software
  • Sports
  • Taxation
  • Technology
  • Telecommunications
  • Title Disputes
  • Torts
  • Trademarks/Patents
  • Trusts / Estates
  • Unfair Competition
  • Utilities
  • Wage & Hour/FMLA


  • B.S., Wharton School of Finance, University of Pennsylvania, Finance, 1970
  • J.D., Northwestern University School of Law, 1974

Memberships & Affiliations

  • American Bar Association- Business Law, Dispute Resolution, Litigation and Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law sections.
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Arbitrator and Mediator for the American Arbitration Association (both as neutral and party-appointed)
  • Arbitrator and Mediator for the CPR International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution
  • Arbitrator and Mediator for ADR Systems
  • Arbitrator for the Chicago Mercantile Exchange - Business Conduct Committee
  • Mediator for Circuit Court of Cook County, Law Division and Chancery Division
  • Chair of the American Arbitration Association’s Commercial Arbitration Advisory Committee for the Chicago Regional Office
  • Member of the American Trial Lawyers Association

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