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   3Donald P. O'ConnellRiverside(708) 204-6402dpo@oconnellmediationservices.comdpo@oconnellmediationservices.comO'Connell Mediation Serviceswww.oconnellmediationservices.comwww.oconnellmediationservices.comoconnelldonald.jpgADR Law: Commercial LitigationADR Law: Personal InjuryMediation
Donald P. O'Connelldpo@oconnellmediationservices.com
O'Connell Mediation Serviceshttp://www.oconnellmediationservices.com
176 Woodside Rd
Riverside IL 60546-1961
Ph.(708) 204-6402 Fx.(312) 873-3920Leading Lawyers Magazine story about this lawyer
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Recommended by peers in:    Extensive Experience in:
ADR Law: Commercial Litigation    Mediation
ADR Law: Personal Injury
Advisory Board Member
County:  Cook
Practice Description:  
Donald P. O'Connell served in the Law Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County for his entire judicial career. Complex tort and commercial cases are filed in the Law Division. No other judge in the history of the court served his entire judicial career in the Law Division. All other judges commenced their careers in divisions hearing traffic, misdemeanor, criminal, minor civil, domestic relations or other divisions of the court before ascending to the Law Division. When Judge O'Connell was asked to administer the 100 judges in the First Municipal District in 1984, that division of the court was besieged with problems. O'Connell agreed to assume administration of the troubled division as its Presiding Judge only if allowed to maintain his Law Division calendar of complex tort and commercial cases.

After bringing respect back to the First Municipal District, Judge O'Connell became the Presiding Judge of the 65 judges in the Law division. In that capacity he instituted many reforms including dedicated commercial calendars, court annexed voluntary mediation, local rules to expedite and streamline case management and many other changes resulting in significant reductions in the average age of Law Division cases. He administered the Law Division while continuing to maintain his own calendar of complex Law Division cases.

As Chief Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County, Judge O'Connell continued to institute improvements in the court. Again, he did so while maintaining his own calendar of complex Law Division cases.

While a judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County, each year O'Connell successfully conducted over 500 mediations of complex tort and commercial cases. Upon retirement from the court, Judge O'Connell began his private, independent mediation practice designated "O'Connell Mediation Services." Since his retirement from the court in 2001, O'Connell has successfully mediated hundreds of cases.


Bar Admissions:  
Supreme Court of Illinois, 1968
Federal District Court for the Northern District of Illinois


Year of Birth:  1943

Law School:  Northwestern University School of Law,J.D., 1968

Employment History:  
September, 2004 - Present
Full-Time Private Mediation Practice

August, 2001 - September, 2004
Private Mediation Practice and

University of Illinois
Special Counsel - Medical Negligence

December, 1994 - August, 2001
Chief Judge and additionally assigned to the Law Division, Circuit Court of Cook County

December, 1990 - December, 1994
Presiding Judge of the Law Division, Circuit Court of Cook County

June, 1984 - December, 1990
Presiding Judge of the First Municipal District and additionally assigned to the Law Division, Circuit Court of Cook County

December, 1978 - June, 1984
Assigned to the Law Division as a motion and jury trial judge, Circuit Court of Cook County


Legal Lectures:  
SEMINAR PRESENTATION AND TEACHING

Chicago Bar Association, 1985
Young lawyers Section-Bench/Bar Relations Committee
"Observations Regarding Jurors"

Chicago Bar Association, 1986
Young Lawyers Section-Bench/Bar Relations Committee
"Recent Developments in the First Municipal District"

Chicago Bar Association Symposium, 1986
"Ethical Issues Facing the Legal Community"

Illinois Judicial Conference, 1985-1986
"Judicial Ethics and Conduct"

American Bar Association, 1987
Litigation Section, Products Liability Seminar
"Consumerism in Closing Arguments" Fall Annual Meeting

Illinois Supreme Court New Judges seminar, 1983-1988
"Trial Practice"

National Conference on Metropolitan Courts, 1989
"Pre-Bench Judicial Training"

American Bar Association, 1989
National Conference on Judicial Performance Evaluation

Chicago Bar Association, 1989
Circuit Court Committee, "Raising the Jurisdictional Limit of the Law Division"

American Bar Association, 1989
Judiciary Committee, "Judicial Performance Evaluation"

American Judicature Society/American Arbitration Association, 1989
Mediation Training Program, "Ethics of Judicial Mediation"

Circuit Court of Cook County, Law Division Judges' Workshop, 1991
"Improving the Performance of the Circuit Court of Cook County"

Conference of Chief Judges, 1991

Chicago Bar Association, 1991
Continuing Legal Education Seminar,
"Motion Practice in the Law Division"

Chicago Bar Association, 1992
Civil Practice Committee

Chicago Bar Association, 1992
Young Lawyers Section-Bench/Bar Committee "Experience as a Judge"

Chicago Bar Association, 1992
Young Lawyers Section-Bench/Bar Committee
"Successful Practice in the Law Division"

Chicago Bar Association, 1993
"Voluntary Mediation"

Illinois Supreme Court,
Alternative Dispute Resolution Coordinating Committee, 1993
"Civil Case Mediation Project"

Chicago Bar Association, 1993
Circuit Court Committee

Women's Bar Association, 1993
Tort Committee

Illinois State Bar Association, 1993
Alternative Dispute Resolution Coordinating Committee

Chicago Bar Association, 1993
Tort Litigation Committee

Chicago Bar Association, 1991-1993
Judiciary Committee

Illinois State Bar Association, Tort Litigation Committee, 1985
"Practice in the Law Division"

Cable Television Program "Law Corner", Northwest Suburban Area, 1995
"Circuit Court of Cook County"

West Suburban Bar Association, 1995
"Practice in the Law Division"

West Suburban Bar Association, 1995
"Expansion of Suburban Jurisdiction"

Society of Trial Lawyers, 1995
"Practice in the Law Division"

Northwest Suburban Bar Association, 1995
"Expanding Jurisdiction of the Suburban Courts"

National Association of Women Lawyers
and Women's Bar Association of Illinois, 1996

Chicago Bar Association, Civil Practice Committee, 1996

American Judicature Society, Oak Brook Hills Hotel & Resort, 1996
"Serving the Public: an Education Module for Court Employees"

Cook County Bar Association, 1996
"New Discovery Rules"

Chicago Bar Association, Tort Litigation Committee, 1996
"Mandatory Arbitration"

Chicago Bar Association, Long Range Planning Committee, 1996
"Court Records"

North Suburban Bar Association, 1996
"Successful Practice in the Law Division"

Women's Bar Association of Illinois, 1997
Tort Committee

Chicago Bar Association, 1997
Annual Pro Bono Service Awards

Chicago Bar Association, 1997
Civil Practice Committee

Circuit Court of Cook County Committee on Racial, Ethnic and Sexual Orientation Awareness in the Courts, 1998

Illinois Supreme Court Rules Committee, 1998 "Remote Electronic Access"


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