Terry Moritz

RSI Board President; Terry F. Moritz, LLC

Mr. Moritz recently formed Terry F. Moritz LLC, a boutique litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution firm. Mr. Moritz has more than 40 years of experience litigating a wide variety of complex commercial disputes both in court and in ADR settings. He has been a principal in several significant firms, most recently Goldberg Kohn Ltd., where he founded and built the firm’s litigation practice and served as chair of the Litigation Group for over 25 years. Mr. Moritz is employing the knowledge he has gained as an advocate to resolve disputes more effectively and efficiently through mediation, arbitration, and a focused strategic approach to settlement.

Mr. Moritz has worked extensively in the electric energy field, as well as the railroad, construction and financial service industries. He has handled disputes concerning both nuclear and fossil fuel power plants, long-term power purchase agreements, fuel supply and transportation agreements. He has successfully tried complex tax disputes involving the value of nuclear generating facilities. As a special assistant attorney general for both Illinois and Minnesota, Mr. Moritz has successfully defended those states in matters where the constitutionality of state statutes was at issue. He was lead counsel for the State of Illinois in the landmark Goldberg vs. Sweet telecommunication tax decision in the United States Supreme Court.

Mr. Moritz spent over ten years in various railroad reorganization proceedings, having served as lead counsel for the First Mortgage bondholders in the Chicago Rock Island and Pacific Railroad reorganization, and as lead counsel for the trade creditors and special counsel for the Regional Transportation Authority in the Milwaukee Road reorganization. He has extensive experience representing corporate trustees in disputes involving complex financial instruments and has also represented numerous individuals in their role as members of private and public company Boards.

Mr. Moritz has significant business experience, having served as Trustee and Chief Operating Officer of the Iowa Railroad Company during its 3-year reorganization, and as an owner and board member of a privately held manufacturing enterprise.

Mr. Moritz is a member of the American Arbitration Association (“AAA”) serving on its energy and commercial panels and is certified by the ADR Committee of the Midwest Independent Systems Operator (MISO) as a mediator and arbitrator. He is a charter member of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals (“NADN”), Illinois Chapter, an Adjunct Professor of Law at Loyola University School of Law focusing on ADR matters and was elected to membership in the American Law Institute. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (“CIArb”) and serves as chair of its Chicago Chapter, and is a board member and panelist for the Forum for International Conciliation & Arbitration (“FICA”). Mr. Moritz has been a member of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (“CPR”) serving on the CPR Energy, Oil and Gas Committee. Mr. Moritz serves as the President of the Board of Directors of Resolution Systems Institute (RSI). RSI is a not-for-profit organization focused on strengthening justice by enhancing court-supported alternative dispute resolution systems. He has served as a judge and evaluator in the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot and the Foreign Direct Investment International Arbitration Moot. He has arbitrated over 25 commercial disputes for the American Arbitration Association and as a participant in mandatory arbitration program established for the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois.

Mr. Moritz is a frequent author and lecturer on a variety of topics. Mr. Moritz’s article, “U.S. Arbitration Law in the Wake of AT&T Mobility,” appeared in the Penn State Dickinson School of Law Yearbook on Arbitration and Mediation Vol. 4 (February 2012) ( His article “The Future of Consumer Arbitration In Light of Stolt-Nielsen” was published in The Loyola Consumer Law Review, (2011), Vol. 23, Issue 3, ( Recent presentations include “Alternative Dispute Resolution - Is the Grass Really Greener”; The American Bar Association’s Litigation Section Annual Meeting April, 2013; Arbitration Under the Federal Arbitration Act: A Primer, a video presentation for the Illinois State Bar Association Legal Education Program Federal April 30, 2013; “International Arbitration,” A Workshop on Building Capacity for Iraqi Women Leaders, Duhok, Iraq (October 2010) for the International Human Rights Law Institute, DePaul University College of Law; “Baffled by Bazzle then Stumped by Stolt-Nielsen,” Meritas Annual Litigation and Labor & Employment Group Meeting, (October 2010); “Reporting Duties – An Uncertain Landscape,” Practicing Law Institute’s Preparation of Annual Disclosure Documents 2007 (January 2007); “Management Views of KM,” a panel discussion, Practicing Law Institute; Preparation of Annual Disclosure Documents 2004, (January 2004); “Corporate Governance and the Independent Auditor,” panel discussion chair, The Conference Board, Council of Chief Legal Officers (February 2003) and The 41st Annual Corporate Counsel Institute at Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago (October 2002); “Sarbanes-Oxley: A Corporate Compliance Checklist,” online CLE program, administered through Cognistar Corp.; “Techniques and Resources for Developing Proper Valuation of Electric Power Generating Plants,” CBI’s 3rd Annual Electric Asset Valuation Seminar (February 2001); “Deregulation: Power Plant Values and Property Taxes: Shifting Values Shifting Rules,” The 30th Annual Wichita Program (August 2000); “State Taxation of Restructuring Industries,” Multistate Tax Commission’s 33rd Annual Conference (July 2000); “Managing Taxation,” The Center for Business Intelligence (April 2000); “Deregulation Power Plant Values and Property Taxes: Two Thoughtful Approaches,” Lincoln Institute of Land Policy (October 1999); “Antitrust Issues and the Restructuring of the Power Industry,” The Electricity Journal (November 1999); “Antitrust Issues and the Restructuring of the Power Industry,” CBI’s Power Plant Divestiture and Acquisition Conference (December 1998); “Utility Taxation in an Era of Deregulation,” International Association of Assessing Officers Annual Legal Seminar (December 1998); “Impact of Electric Utility Deregulation,” Commercial Law Affiliates Annual Meeting (March 1997); “Recent Developments in Real Property Taxation: Public Utility Deregulation in the United States,” International Association of Assessing Officers 17th Annual Legal Seminar (November 1996); and “Taxing Telecommunications,” Federation of Tax Administrators Annual Meeting (June 1989).

Mr. Moritz authored the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education’s practice handbook, “Business, Law and the Internet” (2002), which received an Award for Outstanding Achievement for 2002 from the Association of Continuing Legal Education Administrators.

Mr. Moritz is a member of the Board of Governors of the Loyola University School of Law Alumni Association, and serves on the Board of the Big Shoulders Fund, a major Chicago charitable organization. He also served as president of the Society for Contemporary Art at the Art Institute of Chicago; as president of the Board of Trustees for the Wood Turning Center; and as a member of the Board of Directors and Finance Committees for both the Chicago Lighthouse for the Blind and the Arts Club of Chicago.

Mr. Moritz is admitted to practice in New York and in Illinois, and before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois and the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. He received both his law degree in 1970 and his B.A. in 1966 in English from Loyola University. Mr. Moritz served as a law clerk to the Honorable William J. Lynch, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois. He has been recognized annually as one of Illinois’ best commercial litigators by the Leading Lawyers Network, Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers, and is a member of the American Law Institute. Mr. Moritz is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, the American Bar Association and the Chicago Bar Association.