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J. Timothy Eaton, Arbitrator, Chicago, Illinois.

J. Timothy Eaton

Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP
111 East Wacker
Suite 2800
Chicago, IL, 60601
Tel: (312) 527-4000
Fax: (312) 966-8519
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Recognized to Illinois Chapter for Arbitration

Regularly travels out of state to: Indiana, Ohio, Wisconsin

Other ADR Services: Discovery Referee, Early Neutral Evaluation, Fact Finding
Video Conferencing
  • Practice Commenced: 2003
  • Total Arbitrations (as of Oct 2020): 75
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J. Timothy Eaton is a senior litigation partner at Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP in Chicago, Illinois.  In the last 10 years, he has been involved in over 90 arbitrations either as a sole arbitrator, panel arbitrator or panel chair for both the American Arbitration Association and the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution.  His arbitrations have involved disputes regarding contracts, employment agreements, insurance coverage, ERISA, vendor disputes, securities, utility rates, banking disputes, accounting malpractice, attorney’s fees, banking practices, employment law, coal mining contracts, distributorship agreements, products liability and warranties. He is a Fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators.

Mr. Eaton is also an experienced commercial litigator and appellate practitioner.  He is a Past-President of the Illinois State Bar Association, Past-President of the Chicago Bar Association, Past-President of the Illinois Appellate Lawyers Association, Past-Chair of the ISBA Civil Practice and Procedure Council, Board member of the Federal Bar Association and Board of Governors member of the Seventh Circuit Bar Association.  He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers.

Case Experience

  • Appellate
  • Banking & Finance
  • Class Actions
  • Commercial/Business
  • Contract Disputes
  • Employment
  • Health Care
  • Insurance
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Partnerships
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Torts


  • LLM, 1979, Washington University School of Law
  • JD, 1977, Southern Illinois University School of Law, cum laude
  • BA, 1973, Miami University of Ohio 

Memberships & Affiliations


  • Illinois Supreme Court
  • Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals
  • First Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States District Court for the Central, Southern, and Northern District of Illinois
  • United States Supreme Court


  • Illinois State Bar Association  - Past President
  • Chicago Bar Association - Past President 
  • Appellate Lawyers Association of Illinois - Past President
  • Federal Bar Association - Past Member, Board of Directors 
  • Seventh Circuit Bar Association - Past Member, Board of Governors 
  • Illinois Lawyers Trust Fund- Past President
  •  Illinois Coalition for Equal Justice- Past Chair of Executive Committee 
  • American Bar Association 
- Board of Governors (2016-Present)
- House of Delegates (1999–2002) 
- Past Chair, Appellate Advocacy Committee, Tort and Insurance Practice Section
- Member, Standing Committee on Amicus Curiae Briefs
  • Appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court to Co-Chair Committee on Supreme Court Rule 23
  • Fellow, College of Commercial Arbitrators
  • AAA Panel of Neutrals, IICPR Distinguished Panel of Neutrals for Chicago
  • American Academy of Appellate Lawyers- Fellow 
  • Tim has been awarded an AV® Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, its highest rating for ethical standards and legal ability.

Rates Information

$575 an hour

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