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Joerika Stitt
Joerika Stitt

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Joerika Stitt

Joerika is a licensed attorney, social worker, and certified mediator who brings a unique blend of legal expertise and compassionate understanding to help families navigate divorce and family disputes.

Passionate about empowering her clients to find peaceful resolutions, Joerika specializes in mediation and collaborative divorce, utilizing an evaluative mediation approach. She draws upon her extensive experience to provide clients with valuable insights and guidance throughout the process, helping them make informed decisions and reach mutually agreeable solutions. Joerika offers both in-person and virtual sessions to accommodate diverse needs. She believes in providing flexible billing options, including fixed fees and subscriptions in addition to hourly rates, to ensure accessibility and transparency for all.

With a background in social work and extensive experience in family law, Joerika understands the emotional complexities involved in these situations. She creates a safe and supportive environment for clients to communicate their needs, explore their options, and reach mutually agreeable solutions that prioritize the well-being of all family members.

Whether you’re seeking a mediator to help you resolve specific issues or a collaborative divorce attorney to guide you through the entire process, Joerika is committed to providing you with the support and guidance you need to achieve a positive, fair, and equitable outcome.

Experience:

  • Licensed Attorney with a focus on family law and mediation
  • Certified Mediator
  • Former Psychiatric Social Worker

Practice Areas:

  • Divorce and Family Mediation
  • Collaborative Divorce

My firm employs a hybrid facilitative and evaluative model in divorce and family mediation.

Approach:

  • Compassionate and empathetic
  • Solution-focused and results-oriented
  • Committed to open communication and transparency
  • Experienced in navigating complex family dynamics and legal issues

If you’re looking for a supportive and skilled professional to guide you through your divorce or family law matter, Joerika is here to help. Contact her today for a consultation.

ADR Experience

Joerika has successfully mediated a wide range of cases, including divorce, family disputes, personal injury claims, and employment/EEOC matters. Her diverse experience as both a social worker and a lawyer has equipped her with a unique skillset to facilitate communication and understanding between parties in conflict. She has successfully mediated disputes between couples and families, employers and employees, and individuals involved in personal injury claims, helping them find common ground and reach mutually agreeable solutions.

Approach

Joerika utilizes an evaluative mediation approach, actively facilitating communication and helping parties focus on key issues. Drawing upon her extensive legal experience, she offers not only practical insights but also legal advice, empowering clients to make informed decisions throughout the mediation process. While prioritizing collaboration and open communication, Joerika provides a safe and supportive space for individuals to explore their options, understand their legal rights, and reach mutually agreeable solutions.

Your Mediation Journey with Joerika:

  1. Initial Consultation: We’ll discuss your needs, explain the mediation process, and determine if it’s the right fit for you.
  2. Formalizing the Agreement: We’ll sign an agreement outlining our services, fees, and confidentiality measures.
  3. Session Planning: We’ll schedule the necessary sessions and discuss a timeline based on your case’s complexity.
  4. Mediation Sessions: Through guided discussions, we’ll identify common ground, explore solutions, and work towards a fair and mutually agreeable settlement. I’ll offer legal insights and practical advice throughout the process.
  5. Resolving Impasses: If we encounter roadblocks, I’ll utilize various techniques to help you move forward.
  6. Finalizing Agreements: We’ll draft a comprehensive agreement outlining all terms and ensure everyone understands it before signing.
  7. Closing and Follow-Up: We’ll conclude the mediation and schedule a follow-up session to ensure the agreement is working for you.

Key Benefits:

  • Empowering: I will help you understand your legal rights and options, empowering you to make informed decisions.
  • Collaborative: We’ll work together to find solutions that meet your needs and those of your family.
  • Confidential: All discussions are confidential, providing a safe space for open communication.
  • Cost-Effective: Mediation is often a more affordable alternative to traditional litigation.
  • Flexible: We offer a variety of fee structures to suit your needs.

Ready to take the next step? Contact me today for a free consultation.

Education

  • Juris Doctor (J.D.), Chicago-Kent College of Law
  • Master of Social Work (M.S.W.), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)
  • Mediation Certificate, Center for Conflict Resolution (CCR)

Areas Of Practice

  • Divorce (all issues)
  • Divorce (parenting)
  • EEOC
  • Family
  • Marital Mediation
  • Online Family/Divorce
  • Personal Injury

Additional Services

  • Collaborative Professional

Fees and Provisos

Mediation:

  • Straightforward Cases: Fixed fee starts at $3,500.
  • Complex Cases: Fixed fee starts at $8,500.
  • Cost-Effective: Mediation is generally significantly less expensive than litigation.

Collaborative Divorce:

  • Hourly Rate: Retainer starts at $3,000, then $300 per hour.
  • Monthly Subscription: $3,000 initial fee, then $500+ per month depending on case complexity.

Unbundled Legal Services:

  • Fixed Fees: We offer various unbundled legal services for fixed fees, such as document preparation and legal consultations.

We offer transparent and flexible fee structures tailored to your individual needs. Contact us to discuss the most suitable option for your situation.

Liability Insurance

  • Yes

Professional Associations

  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association

Publications & Presentations

  • Gun Violence and De Facto Segregation: Could Environmental Discrimination Be Fueling Chicago's Soaring Gun Violence? 11 Wake Forest J. L. & Pol'y 395 (2020-2021)
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