Stuart M.  Widman

Miller, Shakman & Beem LLP
Chicago, IL

Partner, Miller, Shakman & Beem LLP - As commercial litigator, handled all aspects of trial and appellate proceedings in state and federal courts. Represents both plaintiffs and defendants, individuals and companies, and members in class actions. Seasoned trial attorney before juries and judges, including 11-month trial involving $18 million debt obligation and multiple partnerships. Established new law in appellate cases. Current arbitration practice and experience has involved a variety of commercial/business matters.


For over 25 years, has acted as a neutral or as an adversary in mediations and arbitrations. Has successfully mediated or decided as an arbitrator many multimillion-dollar claims and disputes. Mediations have been on commercial matters in a wide array of industries and concerning diverse claims - settling two-thirds of the cases.  He has also represented clients in multiple mediations involving employment (severance) claims, commercial construction claims, and commercial code claims. 


ADR education and training experience includes: Faculty, Essential Mediation Skills for the New Mediator, 2013; Faculty, AAA Managing the Arbitration Process for Efficiency & Economy Following the Preliminary Hearing, 2012; AAA/ICDR Neutrals Conference, 2012; Faculty, AAA Webinar, What's a Respondent Like You Doing in a Place Like This? Confronting Arbitrability and Jurisdiction Issues in Arbitration, 2011; AAA Rx for Healthcare Disputes: Exploring Alternative Dispute Resolution Solutions, 2010; Faculty, AAA Webinar, Judicial Remands of Challenged Awards: What Happens When the Decision Isn't Final, 2009; Faculty, AAA Arbitration Fundamentals and Best Practices for New AAA Arbitrators, 2007-present; Faculty, AAA Expedited Commercial Panel Arbitrator Training, 2008; AAA Train the Trainer: Arbitration Fundamentals and Best Practices for New AAA Arbitrators, 2007; Faculty, AAA Arbitrator I: Fundamentals of the Arbitration Process, 2006, 2002-03; Faculty, AAA Arbitration Awards: Safeguarding, Deciding & Writing Awards (ACE001), 2003-05; Faculty, AAA Commercial Arbitrator II: Advanced Case Management Issues, 2005, 2001-02.


University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School (BS, Finance-1970); Northwestern University (JD-1974).