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William E. Hartgering, Mediator & Arbitrator, Chicago, Illinois.

William E. Hartgering

71 S. Wacker Drive, Suite 3090
Chicago, IL 60606
Tel: (312) 655-9192
Cell: (847) 630-0800
Fax: (312) 655-0644
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Recognized to Illinois Chapter for Mediation & Arbitration

Regularly travels out of state to: California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington, Wisconsin

Other ADR Services: ADR Training/CME, Court-Appointed Neutral (Special Master), Discovery Referee, Facilitation & Systems Design, Med-Arb
Video Conferencing
  • Practice Commenced1982
  • # of MEDS (as of 13/6/24) 
  • # of ARBS (as of 13/6/24) 
Current Practice
Online / In-Person


William E. Hartgering, Esq., a full-time mediator and arbitrator since transitioning from a litigation practice, established the Chicago ENDISPUTE office in 1982 which merged with JAMS in 1994. His experience includes the resolution of well over 1,000 complex 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 for state, federal, and foreign governments in Asia and Europe.

Over the last 30 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.”

Case Experience

  • Arts (Fine/Performing)
  • Automotive
  • Banking & Finance
  • Civil Rights
  • Class Actions
  • Commercial/Business
  • Condominiums
  • Construction
  • Contract Disputes
  • EEOC
  • Employment
  • Energy Sector (Oil/Gas)
  • Environmental
  • Family Businesses
  • Franchise
  • Health Care
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • International
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Libel & Slander
  • Local Govt./Municipalities
  • Natural Disasters
  • Non-profit Organizations
  • Partnerships
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Negligence
  • Public Policy
  • Real Estate
  • Securities
  • Shareholder Disputes
  • Software
  • Technology
  • Transportation
  • Trusts / Estates
  • Utilities
  • Wrongful Death


  • J.D., Northwestern University (Law Review; First Place, Moot Court Competition; National Moot Court team), 1975
  • B.S., cum laude, Political Science, Claremont McKenna College, Claremont, CA, 1972
  • Born 1949, Two children, Extensive travel in Japan, Hong Kong, Thailand, South Africa, Asian/European Russia (Trans Siberian RR), Eastern/Western Europe, Caribbean, Central America, and each of the 50 United States

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Executive Committee, Illinois Chapter of National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals
  • Former Faculty: Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management and The School of Law (Adjunct). Trainer: 40 forums in 16 states, Thailand, Hong Kong, Latvia, and Lithuania   
  • Member, Regional Utility Mediation/Arbitration Outage Allocation Panels
  • Active in ABA Section of Dispute Resolution and SPIDR (now ACR), since 1981
  • Recommended “Leading Lawyer” Commercial ADR Law
  • Unitarian Church of Evanston

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