William R. Jentes CV


photo of William R. JentesWILLIAM R. JENTES P.C.

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Domestic and International




Mr. Jentes has devoted his career as ADR neutral, litigator, corporate counselor and academic to the effective and efficient resolution of complex business and governmental disputes. Widely recognized for his extensive experience as arbitrator and mediator of important domestic and international disputes, he is a Fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators and the American College of Trial Lawyers.

In 2005 Mr. Jentes was again named to the Leading Lawyers Network in the categories of ADR: Commercial Litigation and ADR: International Law. He was recognized in the 2005 edition of Illinois SuperLawyers as one of only ten in the ADR Arbitrator/Mediator category. He is listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in United States, Guide to the World’s Leading Litigation Attorneys, and The Best Lawyers in America.

Professional Background

For close to forty years, Mr. Jentes was a principal litigating partner at Kirkland & Ellis, LLP, acting as lead trial and appellate counsel in many of the firm’s most significant cases. Mr. Jentes specialized in complex U.S. and international disputes raising corporate, antitrust, securities, intellectual property, contract, construction, mass tort and insurance issues. His work in the landmark Westinghouse Uranium Litigation, which involved litigation in the U.S., England, Canada, Sweden, and Australia, is featured in The Partners by Pulitzer Prize-winning author James B. Stewart.

Beginning in 1998 Mr. Jentes turned increasingly to serving as an independent arbitrator, mediator and ADR consultant on major domestic and international commercial disputes. He left the Kirkland firm at the beginning of 2004 and has since concentrated full-time on his ADR practice. He is a member of the AAA Commercial and International Centre for Dispute Resolution rosters, the CPR International, Construction, Oil and Gas and Technology arbitration and mediation panels, and the rosters of the ICC International Court of Arbitration, the London Court of International Arbitration, the NASD and the Chicago International Dispute Resolution Association.

Breadth of Dispute Resolution Experience

Mr. Jentes has served as a mediator and as sole arbitrator, chairperson, and a member of 3-person arbitration panels in a broad spectrum of disputes. In terms of subject matter, the disputes have ranged over such diverse matters as patent, copyright and trademark claims, post-acquisition accounting and tax adjustments, insurance and re-insurance coverage, alleged contract breach, securities fraud, product liability and construction defects, antitrust charges, real estate transactions, franchise and distribution rights, professional malpractice, and a variety of other commercial, competition and tort issues.

Nearly half of his arbitrations and mediations have involved non-U. S. parties, including those from Bermuda, Canada, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Netherlands, Norway, Panama, Russia, Switzerland and Venezuela. The arbitrations have also included asserted class action claims on behalf of, and against, domestic and foreign claimants and respondents.

The range of affected U.S. and international business activity has been equally broad, covering such industries as:

- Automobile - Container - Franchising - Petroleum
- Banking - Construction - Health Care - Pharmaceuticals
- Biotechnology - Electronics - Insurance and - Power Generation
- Chemical - Financial   Re-insurance - Shipping
- Computer - Food - Manufacturing - Telecommunications

Teaching, Speeches and Publications

Complementing his ADR practice, Mr. Jentes teaches the advanced seminar on Complex Litigation, including ADR, at the University of Chicago and at the University of Michigan Law Schools, which he has done at the former school since 1981 and at the latter since 1991. He regularly participates in ADR educational programs as speaker and panelist, conducting as an example the session on “Managing the Parties, the Lawyers, the Panel and the Hearing Process” at the ABA Arbitration Training Institute in Chicago, 5/05.

Mr. Jentes is also a frequent attendee at ADR conferences, most recently at the LCIA European Users’ Council Symposium at Tylney, England, 5/06, the AAA Neutrals Conference in Miami, 3/06, and the CPR Annual Meeting in New York, 1/06. He previously attended the Conference of the International Federation of Commercial Arbitration Institutions in Washington, 6/05, the ICC Conference on International Arbitration in Charlottesville, 6/05, the AAA International Arbitrator Training Workshops in San Francisco, 9/03 and New York, 10/00; the AAA Commercial Arbitrator Training Workshops in Chicago, 10/02 and Boston, 5/02; the CPR Mediation Training in Washington D.C., 9/98; the LCIA Symposia in San Francisco, 9/03, Coral Gables, 3/98 and Chicago, 1/98; the NASD training session in 12/04; and the USCIB/ICC Conferences on ADR in Chicago, 11/98 and 1/98.

Mr. Jentes has written or delivered numerous articles, speeches and Congressional testimony regarding U.S. and international competition, securities and litigation issues before the U.S. Congress, the American, Federal, Illinois, Texas and Chicago Bar Associations, the Association of General Counsel, The Conference Board, the Corporate Counsel Institute and the Illinois and Massachusetts Institutes of Continuing Legal Education, among others.

Civic Activites

Mr. Jentes is immediate past Chair, a Life Trustee and member of the Executive Committee of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra; a member of the Boards and Executive Committees of the Chicago Shakespeare Theater, the Alliance Française de Chicago and the Solti Foundation of the U.S.; a Sustaining Fellow of The Art Institute of Chicago; a member of the President’s Circle of the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations, and a member of the Arts, Economic, Racquet and Saddle & Cycle Clubs. Mr. Jentes is the recipient of Dominican University’s Bravo Award for distinguished contribution to the arts.


University of Michigan, BA-1953, Phi Beta Kappa
University of Michigan Law School, JD-1956, Order of Coif, Associate Editor of Law Review
Université de Grenoble, France, Fulbright Scholar in Comparative Law, 1956-57


Mr. Jentes will be pleased to supply references from counsel who have appeared before him in arbitrations and mediations, as well as from other arbitrators with whom he has served.


Mr. Jentes charges $500 per hour for all study, conference, arbitration and mediation time, plus reasonable expenses. He also charges half the time he has reserved where an arbitration is cancelled less than 21 days prior to the scheduled hearing.

Contact Information

Suite 4C
1500 N. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago IL 60610
Tel/Fax: (312) 643-0024

May 2006