Judge Michael Panter

Judge Michael Panter

Arbitrator and Mediator

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ADR Systems, Chicago, IL

(312) 493–9903


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Before becoming a busy mediator with ADR Systems in Chicago, Judge Panter presided over civil jury trials, motions, and hundreds of pretrials, taught law school, and was an active trial lawyer for 38 years. As a judge, he settled many types of cases, including medical malpractice claims, construction accidents, motor vehicle accidents, and commercial cases involving contracts along with property damage and fire subrogation. Prior to becoming a judge, he was an active trial lawyer with his own law firm for about 30 years. Immediately prior to becoming a judge, Judge Panter was a full-time faculty member at DePaul University College of Law where he founded DePaul’s Litigation Lab, a hands-on educational program for law students that has been the subject of numerous articles.

He is a member of the American Bar Association and various committees, including serving as vice-chairman of the Tort Trial and Insurance Section as well as on the Commercial Litigation Subcommittees, the Judicial Section, the Section on Litigation, and the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section.

Judge Panter received his bachelor of arts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his juris doctor from DePaul University College of Law.

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May 2017 Preparing To Mediate
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