Mediation and ADR Services

Joan Protess & Associates (JP&A) is located in Chicago and specializes in providing dispute resolution services, including mediation, in securities, futures, employment, and other commercial matters.  JP&A provides these services on a nationwide basis.

Since 1995, JP&A has mediated successfully hundreds of securities disputes filed at the National Association of Securities Dealers and the New York Stock Exchange (now Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, or FINRA).  JP&A currently settles approximately 90% of the securities cases which it mediates.  These cases involve a wide variety of legal issues and investment vehicles.  The damage claims in such cases range from $1000.00 to over $50 million.  JP&A also mediates securities employment matters and member to member disputes.

For the past 18 years, JP&A has served as the outside administrator of the National Futures Association’s (“NFA”s) fully subsidized mediation program. Since 1991, NFA has referred over 2000 futures and Foreign Currency Exchange (FOREX) cases to JP&A.   JP&A currently settles about 90% of the NFA arbitration cases which it mediates.   JP&A also has resolved many reparations cases filed at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and securities and futures exchange arbitration matters.

As part of its dispute resolution practice, JP&A has mediated successfully numerous employment disputes, which have involved claims of breach of contract, age, gender, and racial discrimination, wrongful termination, defamation, and other workplace issues. JP&A also has mediated effectively contract, shareholder, partnership, corporate, and other commercial cases filed with the American Arbitration Association, and in various federal and state courts.

In addition to becoming a recognized provider in the growing field of mediation, JP&A also offers other alternative dispute resolution (ADR) services, including dispute avoidance, negotiation, development of ADR programs, and training in ADR methods.