Honorable James Sullivan

Attorney at Law; Former Cook County Circuit Court Judge

Judge Sullivan left the bench in early 2014 after being recalled as a Cook County Circuit Court Judge in April, 2011, by the Illinois Supreme Court. He was assigned to the Law Division and acted as a judicial liaison in the new Elder Law and Miscellaneous Remedies Division and was involved in designing its mediation program.

After he first left the bench in the 1990s, Judge Sullivan was in private practice doing litigation, arbitration and mediation. He was a senior panelist for JAMS from 1994 until his 2011 return to the bench, and he conducted hundreds of arbitrations and mediations during that time. He also served as an Adjunct Professor at Northwestern University School of Law and Loyola University School of Law, teaching Trial Advocacy and Advanced Trial Advocacy. In addition, he taught at the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA), with an emphasis on Negotiation and Mediation. He has had two publications in the Illinois Bar Journal, one on Recent Trends in Motions in Limine and the other on Mediation in the Cook County Law Division. He is currently a senior mediator and arbitrator at ADR Systems.

Judge Sullivan received his J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law in 1967.