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Jerald Kessler

Jerald Kessler

Practice areas:

Child Custody, Divorce & Separation, Family, Child Support

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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

Licensed since 1973

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


Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

10 total 

  • Cynthia L. Lazar

    For more than 10 years, I have referred cases to Mr. Kessler for divorce mediation. Mr. Kessler listens to clients’ concerns, is fair and responsive. Mr. Kessler is very experienced and extremely effective in helping clients to reach a mediated agreement. Mr. Kessler holds himself to the highest ethical and professional standards. He is highly respected in the legal community. I will continue to send my clients to Mr. Kessler knowing they are receiving superior professional service.


    Cynthia Lazar Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Sheryl Rae Ghezzi

    Jerry is a talented mediator who brings extensive knowledge and experience to the negotiating table and utilizes his skill to impartially help his clients achieve the best possible result. Jerald Kessler resolves conflict appropriately. In my experience, he valuable and a financial value to his clients in the long run.


    Sheryl Ghezzi Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Jerald A. Kessler

14047 West Petronella Drive
Libertyville, IL, 60048


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law197305/14/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
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