John Cooley

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.

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From Jack Cooley (08/31/07) has become the heart and soul of Alternative Dispute Resolution in the United States and abroad. It has made and continues to make significant contributions to the ADR field in multiple ways. It would be difficult to imagine where our industry would be without it.

The Joke Model Of Creative Thinking (08/02/04)
The two basic principles of achieving creative results are: (1) conflict or incongruity of some type precedes all creative results; and (2) conflict or incongruity resolution, involving the application of creativity, is the process which produces creative results. The structure of a standard joke offers a clear illustration of these principles.

Shifting Paradigms: The Unauthorized Practice Of Law Or The Authorized Practice Of ADR (02/05/01)
The following article is a call to arms against the threat of the "lawerization" and "parochialization" of ADR practices. Giving detailed examples, John Cooley shows ADR professionals how to defend themselves against the mounting attack on the ADR "profession" by those who would resist the new paradigm of ADR: that is, new sets of rules that offer "more successful solutions to problems than those acheivable by the prevailing rules."

Defining The Ethical Limits Of Acceptable Deception In Mediation (12/08/00)
This article offers the reader a condensation of ideas on deception in mediation and some thoughts on criteria that might be appropriate to consider when designing a truthfulness standard for mediation.