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William R. Jentes, Mediator & Arbitrator, Chicago, Illinois.

William R. Jentes

William R. Jentes, P.C.
1500 N. Lake Shore Drive, Suite 4C
Chicago, IL 60610
Tel: (312) 643-0024
Fax: (312) 643-0024
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Recognized to Illinois Chapter for Mediation & Arbitration


A Fellow and Board Member of the College of Commercial Arbitrators and a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, Mr Jentes is widely recognized for his extensive experience as arbitrator and mediator of challenging domestic and international matters.

Who's Who Legal, the official research partner of the International Bar Association and the ABA Section of International Law, reports in its most recent Illinois edition that Mr. Jentes is "praised for work on both domestic and international disputes" and is "one of the most eminent figures in the state". Mr. Jentes is listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the categories of ADR and International Arbitration, his 25th appearance in the publication. He similarly repeats in the Leading Lawyers Network in the categories of ADR Law: International and Commercial Litigation.

For close to forty years, Mr. Jentes was a principal litigating partner at Kirkland & Ellis, LLP, acting as lead trial and appellate counsel in many of the firm's most significant business, commercial, competition and corporate cases. He left the firm at the beginning of 2004 to establish an independent practice as an arbitrator and mediator of significant disputes, both here and abroad.

Mr. Jentes has served as chair, sole arbitrator or panel member of over 60 AAA, ICDR, CPR, ICC, JAMS, FINRA and ad hoc arbitrations, and has successfully mediated a similarly wide range of commercial disputes. His ADR work has been spread across the U.S. and internationally, with the parties coming from 15 countries. Mr. Jentes was recently named Best Lawyers' "International Arbitration-Commercial Lawyer of the Year" and he is listed in the International Who's Who of Commercial Arbitration.

Case Experience

  • Admiralty
  • Anti-Trust
  • Appellate
  • Automotive
  • Banking & Finance
  • Commercial/Business
  • Construction
  • Contract Disputes
  • Energy Sector (Oil/Gas)
  • Environmental
  • Franchise
  • Health Care
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • International
  • Media & Communications
  • Personal Injury
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Negligence
  • Real Estate
  • Securities
  • Technology
  • Torts
  • Transportation


  • University of Michigan, BA-1953, Phi Eta Sigma, Phi Beta Kappa, President, Student Union
  • University of Michigan Law School, JD-1956, Order of Coif, Associate Editor of Michigan Law Review
  • Universite de Grenoble, France, Fulbright Scholar in Comparative Law, 1956-57

Mr. Jentes long taught the advanced seminar on Complex Litigation, including ADR, at the University of Chicago and University of Michigan Law Schools, and has regularly been a speaker and panelist at ADR educational programs for bar and business groups.

Memberships & Affiliations

Mr. Jentes is a member of the AAA Commercial and International Centre for Dispute Resolution rosters, the CPR International and U.S. panels, and the rosters of the ICC International Court of Arbitration, the London Court of International Arbitration, and the Chicago International Dispute Resolution Association.

Rates Information

Mr. Jentes charges $500 per hour for all study, conference, arbitration and mediation time, plus reasonable expenses. He also charges half the time he has reserved where an arbitration is cancelled less than 21 days prior to the scheduled hearing.

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