Teresa Frisbie CV



Mediator * Arbitrator* Attorney at Law

125 S. Wacker
Suite 1700
Chicago, Illinois 60302
Tel.: 312.782-8477
Fax.: 312.332-6376

Areas of Emphasis:

Online dispute resolution tools

Consultant in all aspects of dispute resolution, including negotiation of clauses, the conduct of the proceedings, and the enforcement of arbitration awards

Special focus on small business, employment, and international commercial mediation

Dispute Resolution Affiliations

Judicial Dispute Resolution, Inc., (JDR), Chicago, Illinois

Mediator and Arbitrator Panel Member 2002 to Present

Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London, U.K.

Fellow, 1997 to present;
Executive Committee, North American Branch, 2001 to present;
Chair, Mediation Training Committee, 2002 to present,
Chicago tutor and/or local course coordinator, 1998 and 2002

Center For Conflict Resolution, Chicago, Illinois

Mediator, 1998 to present

Chicago International Dispute Resolution Association (CIDRA)

Executive Director, 2001 to 2003;
Mediator and Arbitrator Panel member 1997 to present

Circuit Court of Cook County Illinois

Arbitrator (Chair qualified),1990 to present

Association for Conflict Resolution, Chicago Chapter, Member 1999 to present

Chicago Bar Association - Member, International Law and Alternative Dispute Resolution committees

American Bar Association - Member, Dispute Resolution Section

Other Affiliations

Martindale-Hubbell Legal Directory - AV Rating

National Restaurant Association - Allied Member (1996 to 1999)

Admitted to bar for the State of Illinois and the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois in 1986. Admitted to the Trial Bar of the Northern District of Illinois in 1989.

Dispute Resolution Training and Conferences

Advanced Training for Employment Mediators, Center for Conflict Resolution, February 2002

Advanced Skills Training, Center for Conflict Resolution and Illinois Department of Human Rights, October 23, 2001

Sexual Harassment Mediation Training, Center for Conflict Resolution and City of Chicago, August 14, 2001

American Bar Association, Dispute Resolution Section, Collaboration in the Capitol, Washington, D.C., April 26-28, 2001

Employment Mediation Training, Center for Conflict Resolution and Illinois Department of Human Rights, February 21, 2001

Dispute Resolution Day, DePaul University College of Law, December 1, 2000

Forty Hour Mediation Training Course, Center For Conflict Resolution, Chicago, IllinoisJune 18-19, 25-26, 1998; simulation and observation, August 4 and September 31, 1998

Special Fellowship Assessment and Examination, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Charleston, South Carolina, April 24-26, 1997 (passed exam)

American Arbitration Association and Chartered Institute of Arbitrators International Business and Dispute Resolution Forum, April 23, 1997

Entry Level International Arbitration Course and Examination, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and American Arbitration Association, Vancouver, British Columbia, May 24-26, 1996 (passed exam)

Circuit Court of Cook County arbitration training, July 16, 1990.

ADR Experience

Conducted hundreds of mediations and arbitrations since 1990.

Legal Experience

Davis Mannix & McGrath, Of Counsel, 125 S. Wacker, Chicago, Illinois, 2001 to present

Foran & Schultz, Partner, 30 North LaSalle, Chicago, Illinois, 1986 to 2000


Counsel to U.S. company in international arbitration dispute concerning virtual reality entertainment equipment manufactured in England and delivered to South American buyer

Mediator in numerous cases involving allegations of employment discrimination. Counsel to plaintiff and defendant in employment discrimination cases.

Arbitrator in numerous cases involving personal injury.

Counsel for several plaintiffs in injury and medical malpractice cases.

Counsel for Fortune 500 restaurant corporation defending numerous personal injury, wrongful death and dram shop cases.

Counsel to Fortune 100 corporation regarding restaurant franchise dispute.

Obtained 2.9 million dollar judgment on behalf of purchaser of commercial property. Successfully defended judgment on appeal

Counsel to martial arts celebrity in dispute regarding video game.

Counsel to individuals in water rights and oil well fraud cases.

Counsel to plaintiff in detached retina medical malpractice case

Obtained $100,000 attorney fee award on behalf of hotel owner in dispute with tenant. Successfully defended judgment on appeal.

Counsel to Internet start up in contract and intellectual property matters.

Successfully defended physician in attempt to attach individual assets regarding purchase of medical practice.

Obtained U.S. pre-trial attachment for Pakistani client against Scottish hotel owner

Defense of Hong Kong knife manufacturer in U.S. product liability suit

Lead counsel for corporate client in three week Cook County jury trial

Several state and federal court trials defending Canadian government in asbestos litigation

1.0 million dollar settlement for client just prior to trial in DuPage County construction injury case.

Extensive experience in complex commercial litigation.

Represented clients in various business transactions and negotiations ranging from partnership breakups and real estate transactions to software development contracts and corporate matters.

Second chair Trial counsel in federal court trial of Clean Air Act civil enforcement suit. No injunction entered.

Assisted lead counsel in federal, five-month-long, multi-defendant trial of Chicago On Leong Chinatown gambling case. (Obtained only not guilty verdict)

Second chair trial counsel in successful representation of pediatric eye surgeon at hearing regarding professional license.

Second chair trial counsel in successful defense of judge before Illinois Judicial Inquiry Board.

Articles and Presentations

Television interview for CLTV Your Money, Benefits of Mediation for Small Businesses, February 2003.

Mediation Skills Training, Croatia Bar Association, Zagreb, Split and Rijeka, Croatia, February 10-14, 2003.

Online Mediation Can Benefit International Trademark and Domain Name Disputes, published in ADR Online Monthly, June 2002.

International Mediation and Arbitration on Main Street: What Medium-Sized Businesses and Their Lawyers Need to Know in the Global Age

American Bar Association, Dispute Resolution Section, Washington, D.C., April 2001, reprinted in JAMS Dispute Resolution Alert, Volume 2, Number 2, November/December 2001.

Negotiating and Drafting the Dispute Resolution Clause in Major Business Agreements - Negotiating and Drafting Major Business Agreements Conference, The Drake Hotel, Chicago, Illinois December 6-7, 2001

Mediation, Arbitration and Litigation in the Global Economy, First Year Dinner, Loyola University of Chicago School of Law, September 25, 2001

Applying A Systematic Approach to Conflict Resolution in Mediations Involving Small Businesses,

American Bar Association, Dispute Resolution Section, Washington, D.C., April 2001

Resolving International Business Disputes: Litigate, Arbitrate or Mediate,

Chicago Bar Association, February 14, 2002

Editor - Undisputed Facts, newsletter of the Chicago International Dispute Resolution Association, 2000 to 2003.

Teaching Experience

Adjunct professor Loyola University of Chicago School of Law -- online mediation of international business disputes û coach of 2003 mediation team for the International Competition for Online Dispute Resolution (ICODR) February 2003

Guest Lecturer- IIT- Kent Law School, Chicago, Illinois, Negotiations course, January 2003

Course Tutor - Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Entry Level Course on international arbitration,

Guest Lecturer - Loyola University of Chicago School of Law course on international arbitration, 1999

Mock Arbitrator - VIS International Commercial Arbitration Competition, Regional Competition, Chicago, Illinois, February 2002


J. D. Loyola University, Chicago, Illinois June, 1986

B. A. University of Illinois, Champaign, Illinois June, 1983

Foreign Studies, Salzburg College, Salzburg, Austria 1982

Mediation style: Primarily facilitative, but will make an evaluation if the parties reach impasse and request it.

References Available upon Request