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Jerald Kessler

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About me

I have over 30 years experience in helping families going through divorce.  Most divorces do not involve legal issues - just a series of problem solving challenges.  Unfortunately, people going through divorce are often at a low point - not exactly a time when they want to deal with problem-solving.

Mediation and Collaborative Law are processes that allow couples to make their own decisions.  Nationally, only about 2% of all divorces go to trial.  Instead, couples settle after going through a long, hurtful and expensive struggle, only to sign settlements that they usually don't like - just to finally end the case.

So if 98 out of a 100 times there isn't going to be a trial, why go through all of the litigation preparation?  Instead, use a process designed to reach agreements.


Practice areas


  1. Family: 30%
  2. Divorce & Separation: 30%
  3. Child Custody: 30%
  4. Child Support: 10%


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    Jerald is a bright, knowledgeable and compassionate attorney. He is well versed in the law and very aware of recent developments.


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Contact info

Jerald A. Kessler

14047 West Petronella Drive
Libertyville, IL, 60048


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law197311/12/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2014
Leading LawyerLeading Lawyers Network2013
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2013
Leading LawyerLeading Lawyers Network2012
Association namePosition nameDuration
Lake County Bar AssociationChairman1998 - Present
Lake County Bar AssociationChairman1994 - 1996
Chicago Bar AssociationMemberN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Chicago Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1972
University of ChicagoPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1969
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
19th Judicial Circuit Family Mediation Program,Screening for Impairments to Mediation2003
niversity of Wisconsin, MilwaukeePower, Power Imbalances and Caucus2003
The Lilac Tree, Evanston, Illinois,Divorce Mediation -- The Civilized Alternative2003
Family Law SeminarWhat Lawyers Can Do to Facilitate Mediation2003
niversity of Wisconsin, MilwaukeePower, Power Imbalances and Caucus2002
niversity of Wisconsin, MilwaukeePower, Power Imbalances and Caucus2002
Association for Conflict Resolution SeminaWorking with Attorneys in Mediation2002
Family Law SeminarPower Imbalances and Anger in Mediation - No Problem2002
University of Wisconsin and Wisconsin Association of Mediator2003N/A