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O'Connell Mediation Services

Retired Chief Judge Donald P. O'Connell has over 30 years of experience successfully mediating complex personal injury and commercial cases.

Since the onset of the pandemic, Judge O'Connell has been successfully settling cases through the use of Zoom technology. Judge O'Connell has devised a fool proof method of maintaining confidentiality of communications via Zoom with no risk of a breach of that confidentiality.

180 Olmsted Road, Riverside, Illinois continues to be the main office. Submissions should be sent to the Riverside address. Accounts receivable is now at P.O. Box 4428, Stateline, Nevada. Kathleen works out of that office.

2014 Leading Lawyers Survey

#1-TOP 10 ADR: Commercial Neutrals

#1-TOP 10 ADR: PI Neutrals

In a 2014 survey of Chicago area Lawyers conducted by the Leading Lawyer magazine, Judge O'Connell was rated the number one mediator in both commercial and personal injury litigation.

Successfully Mediating Complex Tort and Commercial Cases

After Donald P. O'Connell stepped down as Cook County's Top Judge, his services as a private mediator remain in high demand.

Since leaving the bench, he has successfully mediated over 6000 cases. Judge O'Connell continues to conduct mediations in many high profile cases including the recent Indonesian and Ethiopian Air crash cases.

"In every case, the mediation is driven by the facts and the law," O'Connell says. "The job of a mediator is not to run numbers back and forth" between the parties.

Donald P. O'Connell is recognized as among the top mediators in the State of Illinois.