Patty French
P. A. French & Associates, Inc.

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1375 E. Woodfield Rd., Ste. 545
Schaumburg, IL 60173

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Description of Practice

This Mediator is Certified
With offices in Barrington and Schaumburg, P.A. French & Associates offer mediation services that are respectful, confidential and cost effective while keeping you in control of the outcome. Whether you are seeking a separation and divorce, have post-decree issues or are a never married couple, our mediation services provide a safe place to have difficult discussions regarding parenting issues, finances and other concerns that are important to you. Even if there has been a history of high conflict, as a third party neutral we are skilled at assisting you with discussions that are dignified, future focused and solution oriented. Our services promote informed choice, self-determination and mutually beneficial resolutions.

Professional Background

Patty French received her mediation training at Northwestern University and has worked in the field of alternative dispute resolution since 1995. She is a trained Collaborative Law Divorce Coach, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor, and Certified Employee Assistance Professional. Through her private practice, Patty has extensive experience in assisting couples, families and individuals resolve disputes in a respectful and mutually beneficial way. Her mental health and employee assistance work in the corporate world gives her a diverse history in dispute resolution in the workplace. She is recognized as an advocate for alternative dispute resolution and travels extensively providing corporate training on issues relevant to the workplace. Patty serves on the Board of Directors for the Mediation Council of Illinois and the Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois.


A board member of the Mediation Council of Illinois and the Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois, Patty brings a unique combination of education, skills and experience to the mediation process. In her private practice, she provides mediation services in a safe and nonjudgmental environment where her clients can speak openly about their concerns, problem solve creatively and reach mutually beneficial agreements in a respectful manner.


Conflict is an opportunity for you to create agreements that will make your life better than what it has been. The mediation process offers you the chance to confidentially engage in honest communication. It is future focused and emphasizes solutions. P.A. French & Associates assists you in generating ideas to help overcome impasses. You are provided with a safe environment to bring your concerns to the table. Agreements are reached in a respectful and mutually beneficial way. With a workable agreement in hand, you can move your life forward with confidence. Mediation is a cost effective way to reach settlements because you maintain control of the agreement. It works because it preserves the dignity and respect of each party throughout the mediation process.


Mediation sessions are $250 an hour. A retainer fee is charged for work done outside the mediation session, including writing the Memorandum of Understanding.

Other Information

Mediation services are beneficial for resolving the following issues: Divorce, Post-Decree issues, Parenting Agreements, Dissolution of Domestic Partnerships such as never married and same-sex couples, Family and Corporate Disputes. Other services offered are counseling, coaching, divorce coaching. With offices in Barrington and Schaumburg, we serve the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago, Illinois including Lake, Cook and McHenry counties. Daytime, evening and weekend hours are available.

Areas of Practice

  • Business
  • Commercial
  • Divorce (all issues)
  • Divorce (parenting)
  • Employment
  • Health Care
  • Labor - Management
  • Marital Mediation
  • Organizational
  • Workplace

Professional Services

  • Mediator
  • Communication Skills Trainer
  • Counselor
  • Psychotherapist
  • Mediation Consultant
  • Conflict Coach
  • Collaborative Professional
  • Facilitator