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        Dale E. Kleber, Esq. is a skilled mediator, and founder of ACCORD ADR Services.  Over the course of his career, he has participated in the resolution of hundreds of disputes through negotiated settlements, mediation, arbitration and adjudication.

        Prior to establishing his mediation practice, Mr. Kleber spent over 20 years in the practice of corporate law.  After beginning his legal career with one of Chicago’s largest law firms, he practiced in-house for two publicly-held corporations and served as the Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel of a $4.5 billion corporation. 

        Mr. Kleber has extensive experience in all aspects of corporate legal affairs with particular expertise in mergers and acquisitions, antitrust law, securities, corporate finance, commercial transactions, real estate, construction, intellectual property and licensing, leasing, labor and employment matters, regulatory affairs and litigation management. 

         Mr. Kleber has also been involved in several entrepreneurial ventures.  During a “working sabbatical,” he began a residential development and construction firm.  He has personally acted as the general contractor for upscale custom homes which have been nationally recognized and received regional and municipal awards.   Prior to attending Vanderbilt Law School, Mr. Kleber, served as the Press Secretary and Chief Legislative Aide, respectively, for two U.S. Congressmen, being one of the youngest senior staff members on Capitol Hill. 

 

Education:

  • Vanderbilt University, B. A., 1978

  • Vanderbilt University, School Of Law, J.D., 1983

  • Northwestern University, Mediation Certification, 2007

ADR and Legal Experience:

  • ACCORD ADR Services - Downers Grove, Illinois, 2007-present, Mediator, Attorney, Principal

  • Dean Foods Company - Franklin Park, Illinois, 1988-2002, V.P., Secretary & General Counsel

  • Staley Continental, Inc. - Rolling Meadows, Illinois,  1986-1988, Corporate Counsel

  • DLA Piper (fka Rudnick & Wolfe) - Chicago, Illinois, 1983-1986, Associate, Corporate Department

ADR Panels & Certifications:

  • Certified Mediator, Cook County Circuit Court, Law Division

  • Certified Mediator, Cook County Circuit Court, Chancery Division

  • Certified Arbitrator, Cook County Circuit Court

 Bar Admissions:

  • State of Illinois

  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois

Professional Associations:

  • American Bar Association (Sections on Business Law and Dispute Resolution)

  • Illinois State Bar Association (Section on Dispute Resolution)

  • Corporate Counsel Association (ADR Committee)

  • Association of Conflict Resolution, Chicago Chapter

Government Experience:

  • Congressman John N. Erlenborn -  Washington, D.C.  1979-1980, Press Secretary

  • Congressman Robert McClory -  Washington, D.C.  1978-1979,  Chief Legislative Aide

Other Management Experience:

  • American Dairy Products Institute - Elmhurst, Illinois, 2008 - Present, CEO

  • Finial Properties, LLC -  Hinsdale, Illinois,  2005 -2008, Principal

  • The Aperio Group, LLC - Downers Grove, Illinois, 2003-2005, Partner

  • IntraVantage, Inc. -  Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2000-2005,  Board of Directors

 

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