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John Cooley

John W. Cooley is a former United States Magistrate, Assistant United States Attorney, Senior Staff Attorney for the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, and a litigation partner in a Chicago law firm. He is a past Chair of the Mediation Committee of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution. He is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, the International Academy of Mediators, and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London, England. In private practice in the Chicago area, he is a mediator and arbitrator on the ADR panel of JAMS (The Resolution Experts®). He has served as a Special Master for federal judges and as an arbitrator and mediator in a wide variety of complex, multi-million dollar commercial disputes, both domestic and international. He is an Adjunct Professor at Northwestern University School of Law where he teaches a course on negotiation and mediation.
Mr. Cooley is the author of The Mediator’s Handbook (Advanced Practice Guide for Civil Litigation) (NITA, Second Edition, 2006); Mediation Advocacy (NITA, Second Edition, 2002); Arbitration Advocacy (NITA, Second Edition, 2003); and The Arbitrator’s Handbook (NITA, Second Edition, 2005).  (For  book descriptions, see has also authored more than one hundred articles on litigation, judicial, and ADR topics, and he is the principal writer and editor of The Creative Problem Solver’s Handbook for Negotiators and Mediators, (2 Vols.) (2005) published through the cooperation of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution and the Association for Conflict Resolution.. (See ). His newest professional book, Pracademics: Creative Problem Solving in Negotiation and Mediation, is scheduled for publication by Xlibris Corp. in 2008. He is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, and is a decorated Vietnam combat veteran. He earned his J.D. from the University of Notre Dame Law School, spending a year of his law training studying comparative and international law at the School’s Centre for Legal Studies in London, England.