Terry Moritz

Specialisms:Arbitration

Terry Moritz has more than 45 years of experience litigating a wide variety of complex commercial disputes both in court and in ADR settings. He has been a principal in several significant firms, most recently Goldberg Kohn Ltd., where he founded and built the firm's litigation practice, served as chair of the Litigation Group for over 25 years and served as a continuing member of its management committee.

 

In 2014 he founded Terry F Moritz LLC to concentrate his practice in dispute resolution. Over the past 8 years Terry Moritz has focused his ADR practice on  complex energy and commercial disputes. He has arbitrated over 60 commercial disputes of varying complexity. Terry Moritz has also served as an advocate in numerous mediations including ICDR matters and domestic commercial disputes, employing the knowledge he has gained as an advocate to resolve disputes more effectively and efficiently through mediation and arbitration, as well as other ADR processes.


He is a member of the American Arbitration Association ("AAA") serving on its energy, joint venture and commercial panels. He is certified by the ADR Committee of the Midcontinent Independent Systems Operator (MISO) as a mediator and arbitrator. He is also certified by the Board of the Midwest Reliability Organization as a mediator and arbitrator. He is a member of the commercial panel of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution ("CPR")


He is a charter member of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals ("NADN"), Illinois Chapter, an Adjunct Professor of Law at Loyola University School of Law focusing on ADR matters. He was elected to membership in the American Law Institute and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators ("CIArb") serving as chair of its Chicago Chapter. He is a board member and panelist for the Forum for International Conciliation & Arbitration ("FICA"). Terry Moritz has
served on the CPR Energy, Oil and Gas Committee. Mr. Moritz is a member of the ICC Model Consortium Agreement working group. He is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Resolution Systems Institute (RSI) and serves on its Executive Committee. RSI is a not for profit organization focused on strengthening justice by enhancing court supported alternative dispute resolution systems. He has served as a judge and evaluator in the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot and the Foreign Direct Investment International Arbitration Moot.


Terry Moritz has worked extensively in the electric energy field including nuclear energy as well a renewable energy matters. He has significant experience in the railroad, construction and financial service industries. He has handled disputes concerning both nuclear and fossil fuel power plants, long term power purchase agreements, transportation agreements, fuel supply agreements and construction disputes. He has successfully tried complex tax disputes involving the value of nuclear generating facilities. As a special assistant attorney general for both Illinois and Minnesota, Mr. Moritz has successfully defended those states in matters where the
constitutionality of state statutes were at issue. He was lead counsel for the State of Illinois in the landmark Goldberg vs. Sweet telecommunication tax decision in the United States Supreme Court.

 

Terry Moritz spent over ten years in various railroad reorganization proceedings, having served as lead counsel for the First Mortgage Bondholders in the Chicago Rock Island and Pacific Railroad Reorganization, and as lead counsel for the trade creditors and special counsel for the Illinois Regional Transportation Authority in the Milwaukee Road Reorganization. He served as Trustee and Chief Operating Officer of the Iowa Railroad Company during its 3-year reorganization and successfully liquidated that carrier.


He has extensive experience representing corporate trustees in disputes involving complex financial instruments and has also represented numerous individuals in their role as members of private and public company Boards of Directors.

Terry Moritz is a frequent author and lecturer on a variety of legal topics. 
He is admitted to practice in New York and Illinois; before the United State Supreme Court; the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois; and the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. He received his J.D. degree in 1970 and his B.A. in 1966 in English from Loyola University. Mr. Moritz served as a law clerk to the Honorable William J. Lynch, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois. He has been consistently recognized as one of Illinois' best commercial litigators by the Leading Lawyers Network, Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers. He is a member of the American Law Institute. Mr. Moritz is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, the American Bar Association and the Chicago Bar Association.