Svetlana Gitman joined the American Arbitration Association as Commercial Vice President in 2020. She is based in the AAA's Chicago office, and in addition to Illinois, her coverage area includes Arkansas, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. In addition to serving as the AAA's executive regional ADR expert and assisting parties with their large complex commercial arbitrations and mediations, Ms. Gitman is responsible for ensuring the quality of the AAA roster in her covered region. Ms. Gitman joins the AAA from Gordon & Rees where she practiced insurance law. She was previously a litigation attorney in the Corporate Law Department of State Farm Insurance. Ms. Gitman also served as Judicial Extern for judges in the Chancery Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County, and the U.S. District Court of the Northern District of Illinois. Ms. Gitman is an active member of the Chicago Bar Association's Young Lawyers Section Executive Council, where she served as Secretary/Treasurer. In 2015, she won the State Farm Pro Bono Award for her volunteer work with the Wills for Heroes Foundation. Ms. Gitman also serves as an adjunct professor at Loyola University School of Law. Ms. Gitman received her J.D. from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, where she served as Staff Editor of The John Marshall Law Review. She also graduated from the University of Minnesota with a B.A. in history.