For over 35 years Jonah Orlofsky has been involved in complex civil litigation in courthouses across the country. He has litigated, arbitrated and mediated cases in a broad spectrum of areas, including insurance coverage disputes, class actions, breach of contract, ERISA, securities fraud, RICO, breach of fiduciary duty, real estate disputes, employment matters, attorney-client disputes, and consumer disputes. He has also lectured and written extensively on topics relating to both mediation and litigation.


1977:               B.A., State University of New York at Binghamton

1980:               J.D., Northwestern University Law School

Adlai Stevenson Award for Best Brief in Moot Court Competition
Articles Editor Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology
Published article:  The Immunity of the Attorney General, 71
Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology 23 (1980

Professional Experience

1980 – 1982: Law Clerk for the Honorable Milton I. Shadur, United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois
1983 – 2000: Associate and then partner, Plotkin, Jacobs & Orlofsky, Ltd.
2000 – present: Law Offices of Jonah Orlofsky
2011 – present: Orlofsky ADR Services

Mediation Training

American Institute of Mediation, Impasse Is A Fallacy: A 2-Day Advanced Mediator’s Forum

Illinois State Bar Association, 40-hour Mediator Training

Center for Conflict Resolution, Foreclosure Mediation Training

Center for Conflict Resolution, Mediation Mentorship Program

Circuit Court of Cook County, Securities Arbitration and Mediation Seminar

DePaul Center for Dispute Resolution, Mediation Training

Association of Attorney Mediators, Advanced Mediation Training

Arbitration Training

American Arbitration Association two-day training

FINRA arbitration training

Circuit Court of Cook County commercial arbitration training

Mediation Publications

Unsettled Settlements: Understanding Mediation Agreements, Illinois State Bar Journal, August 2013

Making Sure a Mediated Settlement Is Binding, Chicago Bar Association, CBA Record, July/August 2014

What law governs the mediation privilege in federal cases?, Illinois State Bar Association, In the Alternative, May 2014

Volunteer Organizations

Lawyers for the Creative Arts, volunteer mediator

Center for Conflict Resolution, volunteer mediator

Speaking and Teaching

Circuit Court of Cook County Alternative Dispute Resolution Seminar, “Pre-Mediation Agreements,” November 8, 2012

Chicago Bar Association, Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, “Should Your Firm’s Engagement Letter Contain an ADR Clause? – Use of Arbitration and Mediation for Legal Services Disputes,” May 3, 2012

Association of Attorney Mediators, “Mediation Contracts,” September 11, 2011

Frequent guest lecturer, John Marshall Law School


Avid jazz pianist