Since wrapping up his litigation practice, Jonah Orlofsky has mediated and arbitrated over 500 cases in a broad spectrum of areas, including insurance coverage disputes, class actions, breach of contract, ERISA, securities fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, real estate disputes, employment matters, attorney-client disputes, consumer disputes, family law matters and intra-organization conflicts. He serves on mediation panels for the following organizations: American Arbitration Association, FINRA, Center for Conflict Resolution, Kane County Child Protection Program, Cook, Kane and Lake county courtrooms, and Lawyers for the Creative Arts. He has also lectured and written extensively on topics relating to mediation.

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

Center for Conflict Resolution, Parenting Agreement Dispute training

Kane County Child Protection Program training

Arbitration Training

American Arbitration Association two-day training

FINRA arbitration training

Circuit Court of Cook County commercial arbitration training

Mediation Publications

What To Do When Parties Attribute Bad Faith Motives To Each Other, www., November 2020.

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, Teaching and Awards

Association for Conflict Resolution, Recent Case Law on Mediation Update (2019)

Association of Attorney Mediators, What to Do When A Party Lacks the Capacity to Mediate (2018)

Center for Conflict Resolution:  Mediation by Videoconference (2018)

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

Center for Conflict Resolution:  Mediation coach

Center for Conflict Resolution:   Mediation Mentorship program

Northwestern University School of Professional Training:  Mediation coach

Center for Conflict Resolution:  Peacemaker of the Year (2019)

Center for Conflict Resolution:  Trainer of the Year (2019)


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