David C. McLauchlan
Arbitrator Profile

David C. McLauchlan

Mr. McLauchlan has been practicing law for over 38 years and concentrates his practice in arbitration and mediation, complex business disputes, insurance coverage,professional liability, construction litigation and reinsurance law. He is a Certified Arbitrator and Qualified Mediator for the AIDA Reinsurance & Insurance Arbitration Society (ARIAS-US)and is a graduate of the Northwestern University Mediation Skills training program and advanced mediator training from the CPR International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution. He is a Court certified mediator under the Court-Annexed Major Case Civil Mediation Program in Cook County, Law & Chancery, Lake County and DuPage County, Illinois. He is also an approved mediator for the United States District Court, Northern District W.D. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Alternative Dispute Resolution. He has extensive litigation, arbitration and mediation experience and handles cases all over the US and Internationally.

ADR Experience

David has mediated complex business disputes including disputes between major corporations, their captive insurer and reinsurers involving multiple claims and multiple issues including issues of bad faith practices. He has mediated aviation related disputes involving major crashes and complex insurance issues; professional liability disputes; business owner succession and reorganization disputes; family trust administration disputes; family corporation disputes, minority shareholder disputes with the controlling shareholders; construction litigation disputes; and contract disputes between patent holders and licensees. He has also served as a volunteer mediator in court related proceedings and regularly serves as an Arbitrator in commercial disputes.

Areas Of Practice

  • Art
  • Aviation
  • Bioethics
  • Business
  • Civil (general)
  • Commercial
  • Construction (all areas)
  • Contracts
  • Copyright
  • Education
  • EEOC
  • Elder
  • Employment
  • Energy
  • Engineering
  • Entertainment/Media/Publishing
  • Environmental
  • Estate Planning
  • Foreclosure
  • Franchise
  • Government
  • Healthcare
  • Hospitality/Travel/Restaurant
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • International
  • Land Use
  • Landlord - Tenant
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Maritime
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Natural Resources
  • Nursing Home
  • Organizational
  • Partnership
  • Personal Injury
  • Probate
  • Professional Fees
  • Public Policy
  • Real Estate (all areas)
  • Securities
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Special Education
  • Sports
  • Technology
  • Trademark
  • Trust Management
  • Workplace

Fees and Provisos

I generally charge $400 per hour for my services which is normally divided among the parties. I require the parties to execute a retention agreement related to my services and my fees. Once we have fixed on a mediation schedule my fees will include a minimum fee for a scheduled day of mediation and in most instances will require the parties to pay in advance a reasonable estimate of fees anticipated based upon a reasonable expectation of the length of the process contemplated by the parties. All fees in excess of the guaranteed minimum are fully refundable.

Liability Insurance

  • Yes

ADR Training

  • 2015 - Deborah Gage Haude - Effective Mediation Strategies in Employment Mediations
  • 2014 - Frederic Alimonti - Aviation Litigation and Turbulent ethical issues
  • 2014 - Jill Miller - Estate Administration
  • 2013 - ARIAS-US - Umpire Master Class
  • 2011 - Chicago Bar Association - Mortgage Foreclosure Training
  • 2010 - Chicago Bar Association -Administrative Law Part 1 and Part 2
  • 2010 - HB Litigation Conference on Insurance and reinsurance - Mediation and arbitration training
  • 2010 - ARIAS-US - Ethics training and arbitration training
  • 2009 - ARIAS-US - Ethics and arbitration training
  • 2008 - ARIAS-US - The Powers of Arbitrators
  • 2008 - ARIAS-US - Arbitration: Intensive Training Workshop
  • 2009 - CPR International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution - Advanced Mediator Training
  • 2009 - Northwestern University - Mediation Skills Training: 40 hours


  • Selected in 2020 and earlier for Super Lawyers (www.superlawyers.com)
  • Leading Lawyers Network (www.leadinglawyers.com)
  • Best Lawyers in America selection 2021 and earlier
  • America’s Top 100 Attorneys Lifetime Achievement Award 2018
  • V peer rated as published by Martindale Hubbell law directory
  • Eamon Shannon award for Pro Bono work for the Center for Disability and Elder Law


  • University of Illinois College of Law, J.D
  • Bradley University, B.A.

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