Academy Member Inducted 2016

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Hon. Daniel J. Kelley (Ret.), Mediator & Arbitrator, Chicago, Illinois.

Hon. Daniel J. Kelley (Ret.)

ADR Systems Inc
20 North Clark Street, Floor 29
Chicago, IL 60602
Tel: (312) 960-2260
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Recognized to Illinois Chapter for Mediation & Arbitration Other ADR Services: Discovery Referee, Insurance Umpire, Med-Arb, Mini-Trial Judge, Special Master
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  • Practice Commenced: 2005
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Hon. Daniel J. Kelley, (Ret.) is well known for his calm, intelligent and common sense approach to mediation and arbitration. For more than 30 years, Judge Kelley has applied his legal knowledge and ability to settle hundreds of cases. Since retiring from the bench in 2008, Judge Kelley has been a senior mediator and arbitrator at ADR Systems where he has achieved a notably high settlement rate in all types of cases including complex, multi-party disputes. He has recorded more than $47 million in settlements in his last 100 settled mediations. Additionally, Judge Kelley has extensive experience in arbitration, both as a sole arbitrator and as a neutral in tri-panel hearings. He is well regarded for his fairness as well as his respectful demeanor throughout the process. 

Since 2010 Judge Kelley has consistently been recognized by his peers for his outstanding skills as a mediator and arbitrator in Commercial and Personal Injury cases by being named to the Leading Lawyer Network. He is an approved mediator for the Circuit Court of Cook County Court-Annexed Major Case Civil, Commercial and Chancery Programs. Judge Kelley is also a certified judicial mentor and maintains a limited law practice at the Law Offices of Daniel J. Kelley. 


Case Experience

  • Admiralty
  • Automotive
  • Commercial/Business
  • Community Associations
  • Condominiums
  • Construction
  • Contract Disputes
  • Elder Abuse
  • Employment
  • Family Businesses
  • Health Care
  • Insurance
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Nursing Homes
  • Partnerships
  • Personal Injury
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Negligence
  • Property Damage
  • Railroad & Trucking
  • Shareholder Disputes
  • Torts
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Wrongful Death


  • J.D., The John Marshall Law School, 1980
  • M.S., University of Akron, 1976
  • B.A., John Carroll University, 1975.

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Named Leading Lawyer in Illinois 2010 – 2016 
  • Member, American College of Business Court Judges
  • Member, Illinois Judges Association
  • Member, Association of Attorney Mediators
  • American Legion Award
  • American Enterprise Institute (AEI) - Brookings Joint Center for Regulator Studies, Continuing Judicial Education Programs: “Economic Institute for Judges,” “Critical Issues in Toxic Tort Litigation,” “Second Annual Symposium on Critical Issues in Construction Defects Litigation,” “Insurance and Risk Allocation in America - Law and Regulation,” 2005 –2007
  • Advanced Science and Technology Resource Judge Program (ASTAR) “Language of Life Sciences Boot Camp”, The Ohio State University, 2007
  • Advanced Science and Technology Resource Judge Program (ASTAR) “Neuroscience and Bio-Behavior Technologies”, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 2007

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