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William E. Hartgering


Chicago, IL, USA

William E. Hartgering, Esq., a full-time mediator and arbitrator since transitioning from law practice in 1981, established the Chicago JAMS/ENDISPUTE office in 1982. His experience includes the resolution of over 1,000 matters arising in 50 states and foreign countries, appointments by federal and state judges in 10 states, co-mediations with a sitting federal judge and a variety of experts, panel arbitrations with former judges, as well as training with state, federal, and foreign governments in Asia and Europe.

Over the last 26 years, counsel and their clients attribute Bill's success with particularly difficult issues to an “unusual mix of skills and style: he is intelligent yet very engaging, patient yet tenaciously persistent, and has the ability to be creative, facilitative as well as an effective evaluator.” “Bill has the following in abundance: humor, infectious outward optimism in the face of difficult obstacles, tirelessness in trying to make the mediation succeed, as well as objectivity.”

ADR Experience and Qualifications
His time in the ADR field has provided substantial experience in a wide range of matters. He has had the opportunity to mediate or  arbitrate virtually every kind of dispute.
  • References. National: 30 states/75 cities/300 people; Chicago: 130 firms/260 people. The list is detailed, the best reference is candid information from someone you know.
  • Accounting / Finance. Merger & acquisition financing, holdback disputes; FDIC/RTC financing, insured bank closures, sub prime litigation, accounting, legal and D&O financing, liability issues
  • Banking. Numerous FDIC/RTC matters, credit card issues, alleged fraud involving complex loans
  • Business / Partnership. Sale/merger and dissolution of companies, professional family held firms
  • Class Actions. 15 representative matters under RESPA and other state and federal statutes, employment, condominium, nationwide product liability involving computers and marine engines
  • Education / Schools. Representative matters involving university/high school tenure, wrongful discharge; international and other professional trainers; software packages
  • Environment. 25 Superfund, waterways, problems with mandated cleanup, and related allocation matters/13 states
  • Franchise / Dealer / Manufacturer. Add point/termination/chargeback Magnuson/Moss issues/12 states
  • Healthcare. HMO/hospital/physician managed care, patient insurance, and coverage issues
  • International. Matters directly involving international parties re wine distribution, software, patents, component parts, construction defect, product liability, alleged "copying," and employment issues
  • Personal Injury / Torts. Very public individual/multiple death, fire explosion, substantial property loss, product liability multi-car/train/bus/airplane accidents, individual horrendous burn, paraplegic cases
  • Public Issues and Policy. 50 representative matters/20 states and foreign countries
  • Securities. Matters arising in 13 states involving 10b5, fraud, churning, inappropriate trades
  • Surety, Fidelity, and Related Bond Issues. Construction, banking, securities dealers, employment
  • Transportation. Matters involving 5 national railroad lines, interstate trucking, helicopters, small aircraft, and construction and related issues at 5 international airports
  • Utility / Energy. Member, ADR utility panels; mediations re allocation of outage payments and damages, nuclear, cogeneration, turbine, coal power plant construction, wind turbine disputes, and hydro dam failures

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