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Phone: (312) 419-6900

100 N. Riverside Plaza Suite 1500

Chicago, IL 60606-1501

Mitchell Marinello


Law, Arbitration, Mediation

Current Employer:

Novack & Macey LLP

Areas of Expertise:

✔ Commercial/Business ✔ Employment
✔ Intellectual Property ✔ Licensing
✔ Partnerships ✔ Pharmaceuticals
✔ Professional Liability ✔ Real Estate
✔ Shareholder Disputes ✔ Technology
✔ Trade Secrets and Confidentiality Disputes


Mitch is a trial lawyer with over 30 years of experience in handling business and professional disputes in the courts and through arbitration and mediation. He provides his clients with services ranging from skilled representation in court and arbitration to practical advice on how to comply with the law, improve business practices, or resolve a dispute at a reasonable cost.

For ten years, Mitch served as the Managing Partner of Novack and Macey, LLP.

Work History:

Windels Marx Davies & Ives, N.Y., N.Y. (1980-1984); Levy & Erens, Chicago, (1985); Novack and Macey, LLP (1985 to present)


Mitch is a licensed member of the bar in Illinois and New York. He is admitted to practice in the Second and Seventh Circuit Courts of Appeals, the Northern and Central Districts of Illinois, the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, and the Western District of Michigan.


The ADR website that Mitch edits was awarded the ABA's Best Website for 2016. Mitch also has received the Most Valuable Volunteer Award from the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education. Mitch has been awarded Martindale-Hubbell’s AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rating, its highest rating for ethical standards and legal ability. Mitch also has been chosen by his peers as a Super Lawyer and Leading Lawyer in Commercial Litigation each year since 2004.


Mitch has served as an arbitrator and mediator in a broad variety of commercial disputes including cases involving intellectual property related to pharmaceuticals, medical devices and various technologies and inventions. To date, he has served as an arbitrator in more than 185 business cases, frequently as the chair of three-person arbitration panels.

Mitch is a Fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators and a long-time panelist with the American Arbitration Association where he serves on the Large and Complex Case Panel and the Employment Panel. Mitch is also a panelist for the AAA International Centre for Dispute Resolution, the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (“CPR”), the Chicago International Institute for Dispute Resolution, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (Public and Employment Panels), and the National Futures Association. Mitch serves as mediator for the AAA and for CPR and also arbitrates and mediates cases privately.


Mitch is a member of the Litigation Section of the American Bar Association where he serves as Vice Chair of the ADR Committee and Editor of the ADR Website. Mitch also serves as a Board member and the Secretary the Resolution Systems Institute (RSI), an organization dedicated to enhancing ADR systems in the courts. He is an Adjunct Professor at DePaul School of Law,where he teaches Commercial Arbitration. Mitch is a Director and the Secretary of the International Advisory Group, an international association of law firms and accountants, a member of the Chicago Bar Association and past Chair of its Civil Practice Committee, and a former Director of the Chicago Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. Mitch was appointed to the Illinois Chapter of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, and he is a member of the American Bar Foundation.


Wesleyan University (B.A. 1976), with Honors, Magna Cum Laude; The Thomas J. Watson Foundation (Fellow, 1976-1977)(studying British Labor Policy); New York University Law School (J.D. 1980), Senior Writing Editor for the Moot Court Board. Mediation Skills Training program (40 hours) given by the Northwestern University School of Professional Training (2014).


Recent ADR-Related Publications: • President Appoints Philip A. Miscimarra NLRB Acting Chairman,” published on the American Bar Association ADR Website (hereinafter “ABA”) February 16, 2017; “Supreme Court Agrees to Clarify FAA vs NLRB Issues,” ABA, February 1, 2017; “Client Loses Claim That Arbitration Agreement with Attorney Violates IL Public Policy,” ABA, January 20, 2017; “Law Firm’s Refusal to Pay Former Client’s Arbitration Fees Subject It to Litigation,” ABA July 18, 2016; “Second Circuit Reinstates Brady’s Suspension” April, 2016; “Oregon Court Blocks Use of Certain Mediation Statements In Malpractice Case,” February, 2016, “Law Firm’s Mandatory Arbitration Clause Ruled Unenforceable”, ABA, January, 2016; “Arbitration Clause In Employee Handbook Is Enforced,” ABA, “Two Lawsuits, Two Years and Two Appeals Are Not Enough To Waive Arbitration,” ABA, November, 2015; “The (Amended) Federal Discovery Rules And Commercial Arbitration?!,” ABA, October, 2015; “AAA Employment Rules Give Arbitrators Right to Decide Gateway Issues”, ABA, September, 2015; Alabama Supreme Court Requires Policyholders to Arbitrate,” ABA, July, 2015; “Arbitration Clause in Employee Handbook Is Enforced”, May, 2015; “Arbitration Claims Down at National Futures Association,” ABA, January, 2015; “District Court Enforces Arbitration Clause in Employment Contract,” ABA, December, 2014; Federal Circuit Holds That Magistrate Judge Violated Duty To Disclose,” SideBar, published by the Federal Bar Association, December, 2014;“Battle of Forms and Arbitral Jurisdiction,” ABA, August, 2014; “Under AAA Rules, Arbitrator Decides Jurisdiction,” ABA, July, 2014; “FINRA Holds that Class Action Waivers Are Invalid For Investor Disputes,” ABA, May, 2014; “District Court Enforces Arbitration Clause in Employment Contract;” ABA, December 18, 2014.


Recent ADR Presentations: Speaker/Facilitator, ABA ADR Training Institute, June 2-3, 2016 and June, 2017, Chicago, IL Speaker, “Crossing the Line: New Developments in Arbitral Jurisdiction,” Webinar sponsored by the AAA on February, 2016, and April 30, 2015; Speaker, "Arbitral Jurisdiction," ABA Section of Litigation Annual Conference, New Orleans, 2015 Speaker, “The Use of ADR in Environmental Disputes,” sponsored by the CBA Environmental Law Committee, April 18, 2015; Speaker, “Illinois’ New Mandatory Arbitration Program for Commercial Cases,” sponsored by the AAA and the Chicago Bar Association, September 18 and February 27, 2015; Speaker, “Managing A Successful Arbitration: The Preliminary Hearing Conference and Discovery,” sponsored by the College of Commercial Arbitrators and the AAA, June 10, 2014; Speaker, “Revisions to the AAA’s Commercial Arbitration Rules,” sponsored by the ABA and AAA, April, 2014; Speaker, “Discovery, Dispositive Motions, Remedies for Non-Payment and Sanctions,” Presented at the AAA Seminar on the New AAA Commercial Rules, January 27, 2014 Speaker, “Enforcing and Vacating the Award,” Presented at the CBA and AAA Seminar “Arbitration: A Detailed Guide,” November 8, 2013 Speaker, “Should Your Engagement Letter Include An ADR Provision?” Chicago Bar Association ADR Committee, May, 2012,

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