John C. Sciaccotta and Alan S. Wernick Serving as Mediators for the Chicago Bar Association's Newly Launched Mediation Service
Aronberg Goldgehn attorneys John C. Sciaccotta and Alan S. Wernick have been selected as mediators for the Chicago Bar Association’s newly launched Mediation Service. John is one of the co-founders of the Service.
The CBA Mediation Service was launched in order to provide mediations that are efficient, effective, economical, and fair. The Service is structured to meet the needs of a wide-range of clients in areas such as personal injury, family law, commercial, subrogation, real estate and others, for a fee of $400 an hour.
Participating mediators must be CBA members with at least 10 years of experience, and they must have taken an approved training course.
According to the website for the Service, the parties, who must be represented by counsel, can expect “a high chance of resolution while negotiating in a safe environment with an experienced CBA mediator.” Parties can resolve their disputes before or after a court filing with a CBA mediator.
John C. Sciaccotta has nearly 35 years of trial and litigation experience advocating for clients in complex civil litigation, arbitration, mediation and business counseling matters with a special emphasis on complex civil trial and appellate cases brought in federal and state courts and tribunals throughout the United States.
John has been appointed as a Neutral Arbitrator and Mediator for many years to resolve and arbitrate business related disputes. He serves on the Commercial Panel of the American Arbitration Association's National Roster of Arbitrators and Mediators.
In addition, John represents publicly and privately held domestic and foreign business entities, lenders, employers, municipalities, government bodies and individuals in transactional matters and disputes.
Active in the Chicago Bar Association throughout his career, John is a co-founder and former Chair of the CBA’s Business Divorce and Complex Ownership Disputes Committee and is current Treasurer of the CBA. He has also served on its Board of Managers (2017-2019), was Vice Chair of the CLE Committee (2019-2020) and Chairman of the Bench and Bar Committee.
Alan S. Wernick is an experienced business transactions attorney, advocate and arbitrator/mediator handling legal matters for businesses in the areas of information technology, privacy/cybersecurity and intellectual property. He has an extensive track record advising organizations acquiring, using and selling/licensing technologies and related services, including the drafting and negotiation of a variety of technology and commercial agreements; data privacy/cybersecurity compliance and remediation, including responding to data breaches; IP protection; mergers and acquisitions due diligence; compliance processes, procedures and policies; and dispute resolution, including breach of contract claims and IP infringement claims. Alan also handles litigation matters and represents businesses that have suffered a data breach. He is an advocate in the federal, state and appellate courts for clients.
For more than 35 years, Alan has worked as an arbitrator/mediator in ADR in both private settings and for the U.S. federal courts. He has arbitrated and mediated cases involving business-critical computer user and vendor disputes, technology disputes (including e-commerce and outsourcing), website development disputes, licensing disputes, software ownership and intellectual property disputes. He is a member of several neutrals panels for the American Arbitration Association, including Commercial, Technology, Intellectual Property (Licensing), Cyber Security and Large Complex Cases.