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Phone: (847) 910-8226

1326 Judson Ave.

Evanston, IL 60201

Jerald Esrick


Arbitrator and mediator

Current Employer:

Esrick ADR LLC

Areas of Expertise:

✔ Agricultural ✔ Antitrust
✔ Appellate ✔ Automotive
✔ Aviation ✔ Banking & finance
✔ Biotech ✔ Class Actions
✔ Commercial/Business ✔ Condominiums
✔ Construction ✔ Contract Disputes
✔ Copyrights ✔ Defamation (Libel & Slander)
✔ EEOC ✔ Employment
✔ Energy including oil and gas ✔ Entertainment
✔ Environmental ✔ Executive Compensation
✔ Family Businesses ✔ Franchise
✔ Health Care ✔ Industrial
✔ Insurance ✔ Intellectual Property
✔ International ✔ Internet
✔ Joint Ventures ✔ Labor/Unions
✔ Legal Malpractice ✔ Licensing
✔ Media & Communications ✔ Mergers & Acquisitions
✔ Non-profit Organizations ✔ Nursing Homes
✔ Partnerships ✔ Pharmaceuticals
✔ Professional Fees ✔ Professional Liability
✔ Professional Malpractice ✔ Real Estate
✔ Securities ✔ Shareholder Disputes
✔ Sports ✔ Taxation
✔ Technology ✔ Telecommunications
✔ Trademarks ✔ Trade Secrets and Confidentiality Disputes
✔ Transportation ✔ Utilities


ARBITRATOR AND MEDIATOR: Jerry has over 30 years of experience nationwide on the AAA National Complex Case Panel, handling a wide variety of commercial and governmental cases in industries as varied as healthcare, automotive, franchising, e commerce, manufacturing, high-tech, securities, financial services, insurance, communications, construction, sports and entertainment, transportation and agribusiness. Jerry has handled over 200 complex arbitration cases, including class actions and international cases, as panel chair, sole arbitrator, panel member and as a mediator. These disputes have involved contract, securities, antitrust, fraud, shareholder matters, buyout and payout issues, accounting and employment issues. He has a special expertise in healthcare industry disputes.

PRACTICING TRIAL LAWYER; Jerry has handled many jury and bench trials and appellate arguments nationwide in commercial disputes in federal and state courts, including securities, antitrust, RICO, contract and intellectual property cases including many class actions. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyer'S

BUSINESS COUNSELOR:Jerry has also conducted an extensive practice in representing public and private business entities, merger and acquisition transactions, control battles, financings, public and private securities offerings and counseling of boards of directors and their special committees.. He has acted as counsel in over 100 business acquisitions, dispositions and joint ventures.

Work History:

As of Jan. 1 2017, Jerry formed Esrick ADR LLC. Before that Jerry was a partner and Of Counsel in the law firm of Locke Lord LLP (formerly Edwards Wildman LLP and Wildman Harrold Allen & Dixon LLP), a firm of over 1,100 lawyers,since 1968. He has over 40 years experience as a commercial trial lawyer and business counselor. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a Fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators. He is a former Chairman of the Executive Committee of Wildman, Harrold.


As a civil trial lawyer, the following are some of therepresentative reported cases Jerry has handled: Cement-Lock, LLC v. Gas Technology Institute, et al., No. 05 C 0018 (N.D. Ill.),
; 523 .Supp.2d 827 (N.D. Ill. 207); 2006 WL 3147700 (N.D. Ill. 2006); 2005 WL 2420374
(N.D. Ill. 2005)
Gas Technology Institute, et al. v. Rehmat, et al., 524 F.Supp.2d 1058, 2007 WL 3374 (N.D. Ill. 2007); 2005 WL 3743576 (N.D. Ill. 2006)
Proctor v. Board of Education, et al., No. 04 C 3889 (N.D. Ill.) (2005 U.S. Dist. Lexis
10473) (Judge Gettleman) Ratcliffe v. International Surplus Lines,194 Ill.App.3d 18 (1st Dist. 1990)
American Passage Media Corporationv. Cass Communications, Inc., 750 F.2d 1470
(9th Cir. 1985)
Amendola v. Bayer et al., 907 F.2d 760 (7th Cir. 1990)
Cass Communications, Inc. v. NEAS, 374 F.Supp. 796 (N.D. Ill. 1974), rev'd. 516 F.2d
; 1092 (7th Cir. 1975), cert. denied, 423 U.S. 986 (9175), on remand, 407 F.Supp. 520
(N.D. Ill.), aff'd., 537 F.2d 282 (7th Cir. 1976)
Weit v. Continental Illinois National Bank et al., 60 F.R.D. 5 (N.D. Ill. 1973), aff'd. 535 F.2d
;1010 (7th Cir. 1976) (class action issues); 467 F.Supp. 197 (N.D. Ill 1978) and 478
F.Supp. 285 (N.D. Ill. 1978), both aff'd., 641 F.2d 457 (7th Cir. 1981), cert denied, 487
U.S. 988 (1982) (merits)
Bank of Lincolnwood v. Federal Leasing Inc., 622 F.2d 944 (7th Cir. 1080)
Wright v. Heizer, 411 F.Supp. 23 (N.D. Ill. 1975), aff'd in part and rev'd in part, 560 F.2d
(7th Cir. 1977)
McCormick v. McCormick, 118 Ill. App. 3d 455, 455 N.E. 2d 103 (1983)
TSC Industries v. Northway Inc., 426 U.S. 438 (1976), rev'd in part 512 F.2d 324 (7th Cir 1975), aff'd 361 F.Supp. 108 (N.D. Ill. 1974)
Schaefer v. First National Bank of Lincolnwood et al., (N.D. Ill., unreported, June 25, 1973), aff'd., 509 F.2d 1287 (7th Cir. 1975)
Rosin v. American Stock Exchange, (N.D. Ill., unreported, April 17, 1972, aff'd., 484 F.2d 179 (Cir. 1975)


ICDR Awards and Commentaries: Just How Different is International Arbitration Than Domestic Arbitration? 2016; AAA Developments in Arbitration Law: Testing the Boundaries of Court Intervention, 2016; AAA Show Me the Money; The Effective Presentation of Damages in Arbitration Versus Litigation, 2016;AAA Confronting Arbitrability and Jurisdiction, 2015; AAA Interim Awards, Partial Final Awards and Functus Officious , 2014; AAA Webinar Developments in Arbitration Law. 2013,; College of Commercial Arbitrators Annual Meetings 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2010;AAA Arbitrator Ethics and Disclosure, 2009
ICDR ADR After NAFTA 2008,
The Seven Deadly Sins in Arbitration, 2007,
Dealing with Delayed Tactics in Arbitration, 2006,
Chairing an Arbitration Panel, 2005,
Arbitration Awards, 2004,
Advanced Case Manage Issues, 2002,
Arbitrator Update, 2001,
AAA Commercial Arbitrator Training, 1999


Bar Admissions:
Supreme Court of Illinois; U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (Trial Bar member); and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh and Ninth Circuits.


Northwestern University Service Award


See Experience above.


Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
Fellow, College of Commercial Arbitrators
Member, Board of Visitors, Northwestern University
Elected by peers to Leading Lawyers Network, Illinois Super Lawyers andWho's Who Legal - Illinois
Director, Executive Service Corps of Chicago
Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago
Director, James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy American Bar Association ( Dispute Resolution,Business, Litigation and Antitrust sections)
Chicago Bar Association
Illinois State Bar Association
Chicago Council of Lawyers (one of founders)


J.D., Harvard Law School
B.A., Northwestern University, With Honors

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