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Mitchell L. Marinello










  • Arbitration/Mediation
  • Class Action Defense
  • Contract Disputes
  • Employment Disputes
  • Financial Services Litigation
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Internet Defamation
  • Partnership Disputes
  • Professional Liability Defense
  • Real Estate Litigation


Mitch is an experienced trial attorney who represents individuals, partnerships and corporations in sophisticated business and property disputes, including IP matters. Mitch is frequently called on to investigate and evaluate potential claims and defenses before litigation has begun and to evaluate potential appeals.

Mitch’s clients have included real estate developers and managers, entrepreneurs, retail chains, manufacturers of heavy equipment, medical devices, and safety products, chemical and energy companies, law firms, accounting firms, medical organizations, physicians, not-for-profit organizations and federal and state governmental bodies. Mitch also represents business executives and professionals in employment and defamation matters.

Mitch has extensive experience in alternative methods of dispute resolution and serves as a commercial arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association and the CPR International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution. He also serves as a CPR and private mediator.

For ten years, Mitch served as the Managing Partner of Novack and Macey and the Editor of Litigation Review, a legal periodical published by the firm. Mitch is the firm’s representative to the IAG International, an international association of attorneys and accountants. He recently was elected to a three-year-term on the IAG Management Committee, the Association’s board of directors.

Mitch is a Director of the Chicago Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, a member of the Civil Practice Committee (past Chair) of the Chicago Bar Association, and a member of the Litigation Section of the American Bar Association where he serves as Vice Chair of the ADR Committee and co-Chair of its ADR website.

Mitch has been selected by his peers as an Illinois Super Lawyer in each of the past nine years. He has been awarded Martindale-Hubbell’s AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rating, its highest rating for ethical standards and legal ability. Mitch also has been chosen by his peers as a Leading Lawyer in Commercial Litigation each year since 2004.

Mitch recently was named to the Board of Directors of the Resolution Systems Institute (RSI), an organization dedicated to enhancing ADR systems in the courts. He is a Fellow of  the College of Commercial Arbitrators and was appointed to the Illinois Chapter of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals.

The Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education (IICLE) often looks to Mitch for his expertise in civil practice and recently recognized him for his exceptional volunteer service as an author of IICLE’s civil practice materials.

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  • Wesleyan University (B.A. 1976), with Honors, Magna Cum Laude
  • The Thomas J. Watson Foundation (Fellow, 1976-1977)
  • New York University Law School (J.D. 1980), Senior Writing Editor for the Moot Court Board


  • Illinois
  • New York
  • Trial Bar of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • United States Courts of Appeals for the Seventh and Second Circuits
  • United States District Courts for the Northern and Central Districts of Illinois, the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the Western District of Michigan


  • Federal Circuit: Magistrate Judge Violated Duty to Disclose,” CEATS, Inc. v. Continental Airlines, et al., Case Note, American Bar Association Section of Litigation Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee News & Developments, July 11, 2014. PDF
  • Faculty, “Managing a Successful Arbitration,” sponsored by the American Arbitration Association (AAA), College of Commercial Arbitrators (CCA), JAMS and the DePaul University College of Law Center for Dispute Resolution, June 10, 2014.
  • “Legal malpractice claims and the innocent insured,” a case note on Illinois State Bar Ass’n Mut. Ins. Co. v. Law Office of Tuzzolino & Terpinas,” 2013 Ill. App. (1st) 122660 (Nov. 22, 2013), eVisory of the ABA Standing Committee on Lawyers’ Professional Liability, March 2014. PDF
  • Co-author, Fighting anonymous online defamation, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, March 11, 2014. PDF
  • Panelist, Presentation and Discussion of the American Arbitration Association’s Revised Commercial Rules and Optional Appellate Arbitration Rules,  January 27, 2014.
  • “Enforcing and Vacating Arbitration Awards,” Speaker, Continuing Legal Education Seminar of the Chicago Bar Association, November 8, 2013.
  • “Practicing in the Federal Courts,” a six-part webcast for IICLE, January – June, 2013.
  • “Muscular Arbitration and Arbitrators Self-Management Can Make Arbitration Faster and More Economical,” Dispute Resolution Journal, Co-Author, Vol. 67, No. 4, JurisNet, LLC, Huntington, New York, 2013. PDF*
  • “Internet Defamation: The Need to Change Illinois and Federal Law,” CBA Record, Co-Author, February-March 2013. PDF
  • “Smart Evidence: Commercial Litigation,” Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, Co-Author, 2012.
  • “Illinois Civil Practice: Trying the Case,” Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, “Preserving the Record During Trial” and “Motions at the Close of Evidence,” Co-Author, May, 2012.
  • “What to Do When a Party Refuses to Pay Its Share of Arbitration Costs,” Dispute Resolution Magazine of the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution, Co-Author, Winter 2012. PDF
  • “Small Business and the Corporate Opportunity Doctrine,” Business Law Today, the Online Resource of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Business Law Section, Co-Author, August 19, 2011. PDF
  • “Protect your reputation: Advice for Victims of Internet defamation,” an interview with Mitchell L. Marinello by Troy Sympson, Smart Business Chicago, March 2011. PDF
  • “Nonparty Discovery Under the Federal Arbitration Act,” 98 Ill. B.J. 476 (Sept. 2010). PDF
  • “Should Your Firm’s Engagement Letter Contain an Arbitration Clause?” in Conflict Management, a Publication of the Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution of the American Bar Association, Winter/Spring 2010. PDF
  • “Venue in Federal Civil Cases,” Chapter 5, Federal Civil Practice, Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, March 17, 2010.
  • “The Collapse of the Auction Rate Securities Market,” October 2009. PDF
  • “Obtaining Discovery From Non-Parties Under the Federal Arbitration Act,” Presentation at ABA Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, August, 2009.
  • “Controlling the Cost of Arbitration in Commercial Cases,” Presentation sponsored by the ADR Committee of the Chicago Bar Association, April, 2009.
  • “Protecting the Natural Cost Advantages of Arbitration,” American Bar Association In-House Litigator, 2008. PDF
  • “Contracts for the Benefit of a Third Person,” Chapter 10, Illinois Law of Contracts, Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, September 2008.
  • “Playing Nice: Noncompete Terms in Physician Employment Agreements,”Medical Group Management Association Connexion, February 2005.
  • “Does A Stranger To A Contract Acquire Any Rights Under It? A Primer on Third-Party Beneficiary Law,” 2005.
  • “Obtaining TROs and Preliminary Injunctions,” 2004.


*The link to Muscular Arbitration and Arbitrators Self-Management Can Make Arbitration Faster and More Economical published in Dispute Resolution Journal, Vol. 67, No. 4 has been approved by the publisher, JurisNet LLC, Huntington, New York 11743,


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