David R. Herndon

Herndon Resolution LLC
Chicago, Illinois 60601


Areas Of Practice

Attorneys Fees
Class Action
Complex Civil
Legal Malpractice
Medical Malpractice
Personal Injury
Sexual Harassment
Truck Accident
Wrongful Termination


David R. Herndon is a retired United States District Judge with 45 years of combined legal experience. Herndon spent 14 years as a trial lawyer and 27 years as a judge, plus over four years pre-JD in investigation, legal research, labor submission crafting and drafting settlement brochures. His expertise lies in trial strategy, complex litigation management and mediation.

Following retirement from the bench, his decades of experience in the trial lawyer and trial judge arena are transferable to the private sector for all aspects of complex litigation, mediation and arbitration. Over the course of his career, David Herndon engaged in hundreds of negotiated settlements as an advocate. He conducted, supervised and managed countless mediations and co-mediations as a neutral judicial officer. Herndon’s mediation experience includes mass tort, mass action, patents as well as personal injury suits and product liability cases.

David is a member of the mediation panel for Alaris ADR in St. Louis ([email protected]). 


Juris Doctorate, Southern Illinois University School of Law, Carbondale, IL, 1977

Bachelor’s Degree (BA), Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, IL, 1974

Advanced Training/Certificates

Harvard Law School, “Mediating Disputes,” Executive training through the Program on Negotiation, Cambridge, MA, October 2018

American Arbitration Association, Mediator Essentials, New York, NY, October 2018

National Judicial College, Mediation Skills, Reno, NV, September 1997

Bar Licensure

Illinois 1977 (retired judge; inactive status)

Missouri 1980 (retired judge; inactive status)

Professional Associations

Federal Judges Association, 1998 – current; Board of Directors 2014 – 2018, Member of Security, Membership, Nominations 2014 – 2018, Co-chair Security Committee 2016-2018

Illinois Judges Association, 1991 – current

Madison County Bar Association, 1977 – current


Hall of Fame – 2019, International Association of Top Professionals, New York, NY

Judge of the Decade – 2018, International Association of Top Professionals, New York, NY

Judge of the Year – 2018, International Association of Top Professionals, New York, NY

Judge of the Year – 2017, International Association of Top Professionals, New York, NY

Lifetime Achievement Award – 2017, International Association of Top Professionals, New York

Trial Lawyers Hall of Fame – 2017

Alumni Hall of Fame – 2018, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville

Distinguished Alumnus – 2000, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville

Alumnus Achievement Award – 2000, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale

Community Service and Humanitarian Award – 1997, NAACP, Alton, IL Branch

Outstanding Alumnus of the Year – 1992, Southern Illinois University School of Law

Chairman’s Award – 1989, Illinois Democratic Party, Vincent DeMuzio, Chairman

Kentucky Colonel – 1984, from Governor Martha Layne Collins.

Arkansas Traveler – 1984, from Governor Bill Clinton.

PO Box 897
Edwardsville, IL 62025

P; 618-973-0778
E: [email protected]