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Brigitte Bell, one of the founders and first Co-Presidents of the Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois (CLII), has been a mediator and lawyer for over 30 years, focusing her interests and efforts in family law.

Brigitte has been actively involved in the conflict resolution field since 1985, teaching conflict resolution at Loyola Law School, DePaul’s School for New Learning, and the Chicago Centers for Family Health, and serving as a Board  member, volunteer mediator, and trainer at the Center for Conflict Resolution (CCR). She speaks nationally and locally about mediation and family law issues (parenting, financial, and policy/process issues). Brigitte currently provides mediation skills training for collaborative professionals through Loyola Law School.

Brigitte fervently believes in mediation and Collaborative Law as non-adversarial, problem-solving approaches to divorce and family issues and is committed to practicing in ways that foster respect, self- determination, and constructive resolutions.  She has put this belief into practice by heading up one of the very few family law firms in the country in which all of the attorney-associates are mediators and Collaborative Fellows committed to these approaches.


Practice areas


  1. Mediation: 30%
  2. Family: 30%
  3. Divorce: 25%
  4. Child Custody: 13%
  5. Adoption: 2%

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Contact info

Brigitte Schmidt Bell, P.C.

53 West Jackson Boulevard
Suite 1230
Chicago, IL, 60604


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law197911/12/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best Lawyer, Family LawBest Lawyers in America2011
Best Lawyer, Alternative Dispute ResolutionBest Lawyers in America2011
Leading Lawyer, Alterative Dispute ResolutionLeading Lawyers Network2011
Leading Lawyer, Family LawLeading Lawyers Network2011
Leading Lawyer, Alterative Dispute ResolutionLeading Lawyers Network2010
Best Lawyer, Alternative Dispute ResolutionBest Lawyers in America2010
Leading Lawyer, Family LawLeading Lawyers Network2010
Best Lawyer, Family LawBest Lawyers in America2010
Leading Lawyer, Alterative Dispute ResolutionLeading Lawyers Network2009
Leading Lawyer, Family LawLeading Lawyers Network2009
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Owner, Attorney, Mediator, Collaborative FellowBrigitte Schmidt Bell, P.C.1993 - Present
Family Law OfficerPretzel & Stouffer, Chartered1990 - 1993
Associate AttorneyMcDermott Will & Emery1987 - 1990
Associate AttorneyJenner & Block1985 - 1987
Associate AttorneyButler, Rubin, Newcomer, Saltarelli, & Boyd1982 - 1985
Associate AttorneyJenner & Block1979 - 1982
ClerkU.S. District Court For The Northern District Of Illinoios1978 - 1979
Association namePosition nameDuration
Cook County Circuit Court, Domestic Relations DivisionApproved Mediator List2014 - Present
Collaborative Law Institute of IllinoisExcellence and Best Practices Committe Chair2005 - 2010
Collaborative Law Institute of IllinoisFellow2002 - Present
Collaborative Law Institute of IllinoisFounding Member & Co-President2001 - 2002
Collaborative Law Institute of IllinoisBoard of Directors2001 - 2008
Illinois State Bar AssociationDispute Resolution Council2001 - 2003
Circuit Court of Cook CountyGuardian Ad Litem1990 - Present
Center for Conflict ResolutionBoard of Directors1987 - 2010
Center for Conflict ResolutionVolunteer Mediator1985 - Present
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of ChicagoN/AN/A1979
Swarthmore CollegeN/AN/A1970
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Loyola University Chicago School of LawMediation Advocacy Law2013
Chicago Bar AssociationCo-Parenting During and After a Dissolution of Marriage2012
13th Annual Networking and Education ForumOops! Catching and Addressing Professional Missteps in the Collaborative Meeting2012