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Robert Berliner

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55 West Monroe Street
Suite 2455
Chicago, IL 60603
USA
312 482 8100
Fax: 312 642 6483

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Description of Practice

This Mediator is Certified
Robert Berliner's uncommon blend of real-world business and legal expertise gives him a unique and powerful perspective as a mediator. His insights come from decades of experience in real estate, corporate, finance, estate planning, and litigation issues -- both as an attorney and a businessman -- and he is a sought-after consultant and expert witness on real estate matters.

Active mediator of various disputes, both pre-litigation and during litigation. Mediated cases involving numerous types of disputes, including the following: intra-family business disputes; partnership conflict; employment/trade secrets; personal injury; breach of fiduciary duty; conversion of personal property; contract interpretation and breach; construction defects; title to real property; insurance subrogation; property line and encroachment disputes; landlord/tenant; nuisance; chattel lien; debtor/creditor; family, including custody, visitation, child support and related debt issues.

Active arbitrator of various disputes, including American Arbitration Association, FINRA and other private cases.

Professional Background

  • 1997-present:
    Self-employed Mediator/Arbitrator, Expert Witness, Attorney, and Real Estate Developer and Investor

  • 1984-2016:
    Various Related Real Estate Limited Liability Companies/Partnerships

  • 1989-1996:
    Jupiter Industries, Inc., and Subsidiaries -- Jupiter Realty Corporation

    Secretary and General Counsel, 1991-1996; Associate General Counsel, 1989-1991

    Shareholder and Senior Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel, 1991-1996; Associate General Counsel, 1989-1991. Partner in various affiliated real estate partnerships

  • 1974-1989:
    Practiced Law

Experience

Active mediator of various disputes, both pre-litigation and during litigation. Mediated cases involving numerous types of disputes, including the following: intra-family business disputes; partnership conflict; employment/trade secrets; personal injury; breach of fiduciary duty; conversion of personal property; contract interpretation and breach; construction defects; title to real property; insurance subrogation; property line and encroachment disputes; landlord/tenant; nuisance; chattel lien; debtor/creditor; family, including custody, visitation, child support and related debt issues. Settlement rate to date about 95%.

Degrees

  • Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, J.D. magna cum laude, 1974
  • Harvard College, Cambridge, Massachusetts, A.B. magna cum laude, 1967

Fees

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Other Information

  • Illinois Super Lawyer (Alternative Dispute Resolution) 2013-2020
  • Charter Member and Member of Executive Committee, Illinois Chapter, National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals (invitation only selective organization)
  • Member, National Roster of Arbitrators, American Arbitration Association
  • Member, Panel of Mediators, American Arbitration Association
  • Adjunct Professor, Stuart Graduate School of Business, Illinois Institute of Technology, "Real Estate Investment," 2003-2008
  • Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, REAL 447, Legal Issues in Real Estate:
  • Lecturer, Department of Finance, College of Commerce, DePaul University, "Taxation of Real Estate" in Finance 530, Real Estate Investment and Finance, 2007
  • Faculty, Law Seminars International, CLE Conference on Construction Law, "Primary Contracts" 2007
  • Member, Roster of Arbitrators, FINRA Dispute Resolution
  • President, Illinois Chapter, Association of Attorney-Mediators
  • Court-certified mediator, Law Division Major Civil Case Mediation Program, and Chancery Division's Mediation Program, Circuit Court of Cook County
  • Court-certified mediator, Civil Division, 12th Judicial Circuit, Will County, Illinois
  • Presenter in many continuing legal education and other programs
  • Member, American, Illinois and Chicago Bar Associations

Areas of Practice

  • Adult Family
  • Boundary Disputes
  • Business
  • Civil (general)
  • Commercial
  • Construction
  • Contracts
  • Divorce (all issues)
  • Employment
  • Estate Planning
  • Foreclosure
  • Hospitality
  • Intellectual Property
  • Land Use
  • Landlord - Tenant
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Partnership
  • Probate
  • Professional Fees
  • Real Estate
  • Trust Management

Professional Services

  • Mediator
  • Mediation Consultant
  • Representational Lawyer
  • Online Mediator
  • Online Arbitrator
  • Mediating Lawyer
  • Arbitrator

References available upon request.

This dispute resolution professional keeps professional liability insurance.