Jerald Kessler

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14047 Petronella Drive
Suite 202B
Libertyville, IL 60048-9429
Fax: 847-367-9424

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Description of Practice

This Mediator is Certified
Experienced and extensively trained professional mediator. Advanced Practitioner member Association for Conflict Resolution (was Approved Consultant, Academy of 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.

Professional Background

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.


I have mediated over 2,000 disputes over a period of 25 years of mediation practice. I have a full-time mediation practice.


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


Dates    Trainer(s)    Title   
8/1991    Zena Zumeta and Carl Scnheider    Basic 40 hour mediation training
9/91-2/92    Lynn C. Jacob    Advanced 30 hour divorce mediation internship
11/91    Lynn Jacob and Zena Zumeta    Advanced mediation training 12 hours
11/93    Diane Newman and Lynn C. Jacob    Advanced mediation training 3 hours
3/18,19/94    Center for Health Law and Ethics, University of New Mexico (at DePaul University, Chicago)    12 hour mediation training health care mediation
11/94    Lynn C. jacob, Zena Zumeta, Don Saposnek    Advanced divorce mediation training, 12 hours
11/95    Carl Schneider and Lois Stovall    Advanced mediation training, 14 hours
11/95    Brigitte Bell, Zena Zumeta, Lynn C. Jacob    Advanced mediation training, 12 hours
4/14/96    Peter Maida    Mediation training for ADA, 8 hours
4/27/97    Peter Maida    Mediation training for ADA, 8 hours
5/11,12,13/99    Jeff Abrams and Hesha Abrams    NASD mediation training, 24 hours
1/14-15/99    Louise Phipps Senft and Denise Messina    REDRESS training, approx. 16 hours
6/98    Suzanne Schmitz    Advanced mediation program from USDA certified state agriculture mediation program, annual trainings each year thereafter for 8 to 12 hours per year
12/93    Cheryl Niro and Suzanne Schmitz, Illinois Institute of Dispute Resolution    Peer mediation training, approx. 16 hours
7/93    Nancy Kaplan, Conflict Resolution Unlimited    Peer mediation training, 6 hour AFM Institute
6/13/99    Dana Corman, J.D., LCSE    Mediation training for Illinois Dept. of Children and Fam. Services
7/2001    Center for Conflict Resolution, Chicago, Andy Miller    Mediation training, 32 hours
9/2008    ABA and AAA    Advanced Commerical Mediation Institute, 12 hours


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


$300 per hour for normal business hours and $350 per hour for evenings and weekends.

Other Information

Saturday and evening appointments available. Libertyville, Northfield (on Frontage Road), and Loop.

Areas of Practice

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

Professional Services

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


Hon. Jane D. Waller (ret.) private practice Brigitte S. Bell private practice Forrest Mosten MMC Perri Mayes professor and private practice

This dispute resolution professional keeps liability insurance.