Michael A. Zuckerman

Arbitrator | Mediator


Michael A. Zuckerman helps people and companies resolve disputes with professionalism, skill and a personal touch.

He draws on his experience as a litigator at a global law firm, a four-time federal law clerk (trial and appellate), and a law professor at a top school.

Michael is passionate about alternative dispute resolution because it can provide an efficient and effective way to resolve disputes. Indeed, whether through a voluntary mediation, a binding arbitration, or some other procedure, Michael works with the parties to achieve fairness, certainty, and hopefully finality to their dispute. 

Michael has handled hundreds of mediation and arbitration matters. His experience is broad and includes, among many other areas, commercial and consumer matters (business to business, and business to consumer), consumer credit and debts, employment and workplace disputes, lemon laws, vendor agreements, contracts and warranties, retail and ecommerce, professional services, smaller claims, inter-personal disputes, property and real estate, and insurance issues.

Access to mediation services is important to Michael, who spends significant time volunteering with community organizations and courts throughout the state. Additionally, through his work with nonprofits, including on the Board of Directors of a statewide dispute resolution center, Michael works to expand mediation services to those in need.

In his free time, Michael spends time with friends and family, including his husband and two dogs. He also explores interests and hobbies, like traveling throughout the world.

  • J.D. Cornell Law School, 2009
  • B.S. Cornell University, 2006
  • Court Admissions
  • Illinois
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals (Sixth and Seventh Circuits)
  • U.S. District Court (Northern Districts of Illinois and Indiana, Western District of Wisconsin)
  • Affiliations
    American Bar Association
    Association for Conflict Resolution
    Association of Attorney-Mediators
    Chicago Bar Association
    Dispute Resolution Institute
    Federal Bar Association
    Illinois State Bar Association
    Lake County Bar Association
    Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago (LAGBC)
    Membership & Community Involvement
  • Dispute Resolution Institute, Inc.
  • Parkinson’s Foundation of Greater Illinois
  • Cornell University Alumni Activities
  • Association of Attorney-Mediators
  • Publications & Speaking Engagements
  • Why Contempt May Be Apt Punishment For High Court Leaker, Law360 Expert Analysis - 2022
  • Law Professor Makes a Case Against Automating Legal Writing in Law School, ABA Journal - 2021
  • A Creative Solution for Teaching Local Practice in Law School, Law360 Expert Analysis - 2020
  • The Ethics of a Gig, Lawyer’s Forum, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin - 2020
  • Legal Ethics Apply on LinkedIn, Too, Silicon Valley Business Journal - 2020
  • Thanks for Nothing: When Should Lawyers End an Email with ‘Thank You’?, ABA Journal Online - 2020
  • One Gig Too Many, Guest Post, Legal Profession Blog - 2020
  • Association of Attorney-Mediators, Advanced Mediator Training, Mediating for Good - 2022
  • Winnetka-Northfield-Glencoe Chamber of Commerce, Mediate Don’t Litigate - 2022
  • Association of Attorney-Mediators, Appellate Mediation: A Conversation with Chief Circuit Mediator Joel Shapiro - 2022
  • Association of Attorney-Mediators, Mediators in Robes: Mediation Tips from Federal Magistrate Judges - 2022
  • ABA Section on Dispute Resolution, The Many Roads to ADR: The Volunteer Experience, Doing Well by Doing Good - 2022
  • ABA Tech Show, Top Insights from Analyzing AI Tools in Legal Writing Instruction - 2022
  • Scientific Association of Forensic Examiners, Best Practices for Reports - 2021
  • Podcast: Technically Legal, AI and Legal Writing - 2021
  • Ethics 2020, Law Bulletin Seminars, Social Media/Review Websites - 2020
  • Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, Diversity and Being Out in the Legal Community - 2019
  • experience

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