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Hon. Morton Denlow

Hon. Morton Denlow

Chicago, IL, USA

Hon. Morton Denlow (Ret.) joined JAMS in October 2012 following 16 years of distinguished service as a Magistrate Judge for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. During his time on the bench, Judge Denlow presided over thousands of matters in both the pretrial and trial stages. He has conducted over 2,000 settlement conferences.

A nationally recognized expert in settling cases, Judge Denlow has continued to prove invaluable to parties involved in intractable disputes at JAMS.  His breath of experience as an advocate, attorney neutral, and a settlement-focused judge makes him an ideal choice to mediate or arbitrate the complex case.

Since coming to JAMS in 2012, Judge Denlow has had consistent success in mediating class action matters, including:

Representative Matters

  • Breach of Contract:settled national breach of contract class action suit against list provider pending in USDC SD Indiana
  • Mortgage Class Action:settled a national class action against bank claiming that defendant bank breached its mortgage trial plan under the HAMP program
  • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)lawsuits in the medical records, healthcare (nursing), retail, staffing and executive recruiting, restaurant, and newspaper industries
  • Consumer Fraudviolations, including: 
    • Settled national class action alleging sale of defective dog treats
    • Matters brought under the Illinois Private Business and Vocational Schools Act
    • A class action suit alleging hospital wrongfully asserted lien against patients' personal injury claims
    • Settlement of 11 consumer class action cases arising out of alleged internet violations
  • Antitrustmatters, including a $97.5 million settlement in a multidistrict (MDL) antitrust litigation against producers of potash, a natural chemical used in fertilizers
  • Fair Credit Reportinglawsuits
  • Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA):settled more than ten cases including multimillion dollar settlements arising out of auto industry marketing, student loan collection activities, survey calls, faxes, telephone company and receivables collection agency for cases pending in California, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Montana and Texas
  • ERISA: settled an ERISA anti-cutback class action for $15.5 million, as well as a class action against a life insurance company alleging that it improperly received revenue sharing payments from mutual funds

Background and Education

  • Magistrate Judge, United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 1996-2012 (Presiding Magistrate Judge, 2004-2008)
  • Partner, Dardick & Denlow, 1984-1993
  • Partner, Sachnoff & Weaver, Ltd., 1979-1984 (Of Counsel, 1993-1996)
  • Director of Professional Services for Chicago Regional Office, JAMS/Endispute, 1995-1996
  • J.D.,cum laude, Northwestern University School of Law, 1972 (Order of the Coif) 
  • A.B., Economics, cum laude, Washington University, 1969

Civil Rights
Class Actions
Federal Judge
Intellectual Property
Personal Injury/Torts
Professional Liability
Real Property
Special Master

Chicago, Illinois

Available to hear cases nationwide.

Based on the positive feedback received by the Council, Judge Denlow is clearly held in very high esteem by the active federal bar. Regarding settlement conferences, attorneys had extremely positive views of his ability to settle cases and similarly praised him for the amount of time and effort he puts into settlement conferences.” 

-An Evaluation of the United States Magistrate Judges in Chicago, by The Chicago Council of Lawyers, April 2008


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