Stuart has helped shape the practice and ethics in his fields. In the early years of ADR development, he served as an original member of the Illinois Supreme Court’s ADR Advisory Committee, and since 1998 has been on the select AAA national teaching faculty on Arbitration. He has consulted internationally on arbitration and mediation, taught in law schools, has published 31 articles, chapters and guidebooks on litigation and ADR, and has spoken at over 70 bar association, webinar, and dispute resolution programs throughout the U.S. He explores cutting edge issues that are frequently cited by others. See Resume.
Stuart offers a unique skill set from decades of being a “judge” of hundreds of disputes and an advocate in court on a wide array of matters. This experience makes him a wise strategist in litigation and an efficient neutral in arbitrations and mediations. Using his business education, he quickly and decisively evaluates submissions and arguments, facts and law, to get the right answers at the least cost to clients and parties. He keeps alert for ways to smartly manage discovery, avoid wasteful motions, and focus on the most important issues.
Mr. Widman has been an arbitrator for over 31 years and mediator for over 27 years. He has handled over 200 arbitrations and over 100 mediations, with a combined value of over $2.3 billion. Given his experience, he is often the sole arbitrator (over 80 cases) or panel chair (over 30 cases). As an arbitrator, he has authored over 65 final or interim awards and hundreds of rulings on every aspect of case management. As a mediator, he has a 65% settlement rate. The AAA has designated him a “Master Mediator”.
As a neutral and litigator, Mr. Widman’s experience covers virtually every commercial subject area and industry. He has handled statutory, contractual, and common law disputes in federal and state trial and appellate courts and ADR proceedings in:
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