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Jerald Kessler
Jerald Kessler

Senior Mediator

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Jerald Kessler

Experienced and extensively trained professional mediator. Advanced Practitioner member Association for Conflict Resolution (was Approved Consultant, Academy of Family Mediators) and Academy of Professional Family Mediators. B.A., & J.D., University of Chicago. Founding member Academy of Professional Family Mediators. Founding member and officer of Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois. President of the Mediation Council of Illinois 1995-1999 and 2020-present.

President of Mediation Council of Illinois (1995-99); board member 1993-present; teach mediation at undergraduate and graduate level; have presented at local, state and national mediation conferences; offers mediation internship and assists in training new mediators.

ADR Experience

I have mediated over 2,500 disputes over a period of 33 years of mediation practice. I have a full-time mediation practice.


I basically follow a broad, facilitative model of mediation, but adapt it to fit the particular circumstances presented.


J.D., University of Chicago, 1972; B.A., with Special Honors in Political Science, University of Chicago, 1969

Areas Of Practice

  • ADA
  • Adult Family
  • Agriculture & Ranching
  • Business
  • Civil (general)
  • Commercial
  • Congregational
  • Construction
  • Contracts
  • Divorce (all issues)
  • Divorce (parenting)
  • Education
  • EEOC
  • Elder
  • Employment
  • Estate Planning
  • Faith Based
  • Family
  • General
  • Intellectual Property
  • Land Use
  • Marital Mediation
  • Organizational
  • Parent-Teen
  • Partnership
  • Personal Injury
  • Pet Mediation
  • Prenuptial
  • Professional Fees
  • Real Estate
  • Trust Management
  • Workplace

Additional Services

  • Advanced Mediation Trainer
  • Collaborative Professional
  • Communication Skills Trainer
  • Conflict Coach
  • Counselor
  • Facilitator
  • Mediating Lawyer
  • Mediation Consultant
  • Mediation Trainer
  • Mediator-Arbitrator
  • Parenting Coordinator
  • Systems Designer



Fees and Provisos

$350 per hour.  I mediate via Zoom and consequently mediate cases throughout the Chicago area and some downstate.

Liability Insurance

  • Yes

ADR Training

  • Numerous basic and advanced trainings.

Professional Associations

  • AFCC - Assoc. of Family & Conciliation Courts
  • ABA DR - ABA Section of DR
  • MCI - Mediation Council of IL
  • WAM - Wisconsin Assoc. of Mediators
  • ACR - Assoc. for Conflict Resolution
  • IACP - International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • AFM AP - ACR Acad. Family Mediators AP
  • APFM - Acad. of Professional Family Mediators

Publications & Presentations

  • Preparing Clients for Family Mediation, Lake County Bar Association Docket, 2022