Hon. Michael R. Panter (Ret.) is a highly regarded senior mediator and arbitrator with close to 40 years of legal experience. While on the bench, Judge Panter won acclaim for his settlement abilities, frequently having been requested to settle cases from other judges’ calendars. He is an experienced litigator, having tried numerous bench and jury trials and arbitrations before going on the bench. The Judge is experienced in tort and commercial litigation and has mediated numerous cases as a judge and trial lawyer.
Judge Panter taught and still teaches settlement strategies to the Illinois judges at their bi-annual statewide meetings. He writes regular columns on mediation and is an often requested presenter. Before going on the bench, Judge Panter founded Litigation Lab which he taught full time at DePaul Law School. This innovative class brought trial lawyers to workshop their cases with law students and received wide recognition. Judge Panter is known for his patience, persistence and creative approach to problem solving.