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Dr. Gail Petrich, Attorney and Psychologist, LLC

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Dr. Gail Petrich, Attorney and Psychologist, LLC

Multiple office locations:
30 N. Michigan, Ste. 1900
Chicago, IL 60602

1010 Lake St., Ste. 111
Oak Park, IL 60301

1801-D Mill St.
Naperville, IL 60540

As an attorney, psychologist, and mediator, Dr. Petrich is especially equipped to promote emotional safety and to support families in making decisions for their future lives. She acts as attorney, divorce coach, child specialist, parent coordinator, communication specialist, court-ordered therapist. With offices in Cook County (Chicago and Oak Park) and DuPage/Will County (Naperville), Dr. Petrich is trained in child-custody evaluations, high-conflict personalities, and crisis management. She has worked in family law over ten years and in family therapy over ten years.

Gail has been a family lawyer since 1982, a mediator since 1996, a psychologist since 1999, and a parent coordinator and divorce coach since 2004. Dr. Petrich has done many presentations to bar associations, mediation groups, psychological association and groups, and students on the benefits of mediation and collaboration, and other alternative dispute resolutions.

ADR Experience

Since Gail was trained as a mediator in 1996, she has mediated hundreds of divorces. She has been practicing as a collaborative attorney, a parent coordinator, a divorce coach, and a child specialist since 2004.


Parents OFTEN do what is best for their family. With a focus on the whole family and a focus on reducing the adversarial nature of the process, Dr. Petrich is able to creat a safe environment to help couples communicate needs. Gail empowers families to solve their OWN problems at a low cost, with long-term agreements that are sustainable into the future. As an attorney, Gail teaches her clients the financial realities of divorce; as a psychologist, Dr. Petrich helps parents talk to their kids about the uncertainties and fears they sometimes feel, and helps craft a parenting plan that takes into consideration the developmental and special needs of each child.


Law Degree, Loyola University School of Law

Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, Illinois School of Professional Psychology

Master’s Degree, Ohio State University

Areas Of Practice

  • ADA
  • Adoption
  • Adult Family
  • Business
  • Congregational
  • Cross Cultural
  • Divorce (all issues)
  • Divorce (parenting)
  • Education
  • Elder
  • Faith Based
  • Family
  • Marital Mediation
  • Native American
  • Non Profits
  • Online Family/Divorce
  • Online Mediation
  • Pet Mediation
  • Probate
  • School/Education
  • Special Education

Additional Services

  • Arbitrator
  • Collaborative Professional
  • Conflict Coach
  • Counselor
  • Custody Evaluator
  • Facilitator
  • Mediating Lawyer
  • Mediation Consultant
  • Parenting Coordinator
  • Psychotherapist

Fees and Provisos

Hourly rate (payment as services are delivered)
Advance payment for Written Agreement only

Liability Insurance

  • Yes

Professional Associations

  • AFCC - Assoc. of Family & Conciliation Courts
  • MCI - Mediation Council of IL
  • IACP - International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • AFM AP - ACR Acad. Family Mediators AP