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Jerald Kessler

Mediation Attorney at Libertyville, IL

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Licensed for 49 years

Virtual consultation available

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Practice areas
  1. Mediation
    90%
    Are you searching for a divorce lawyer in Libertyville? Have you considered hiring a mediator instead? Attorney Kessler is a professional Illinois mediator, helping clients reach a peaceful resolution.

    33 years, 2,500 cases

  2. Family
    10%
    Do you think your divorce will be complex and emotional? Don’t complicate matters further by resorting to litigation. You can divorce amicably without even setting foot inside the courtroom. Jerald A. Kessler provides assistance to families.

    46 years, 400 cases

MEDIATE YOUR FINANCIAL AND CUSTODY ISSUES. SAVE TIME, MONEY AND LITIGATION. YOU AND THE OTHER PARTY RETAIN CONTROL OVER YOUR FINANCES AND THE RAISING OF YOUR CHILDREN, NOT THE COURT. I BELIEVE IN HELPING PEOPLE. DIVORCES SELDOM INVOLVE LEGAL ISSUES, JUST PROBLEMS TO BE SOLVED.

I offer mediation by ZOOM.  Convenient and effective.  In addition to normal business hours, I offer early evening and  Saturday morning appointments.

Mediating in Libertyville, Northfield and Chicago Loop, 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.

Licensed for 49 years
State IL
Status Active And Authorized To Practice Law
Acquired 1973
Updated 01/06/2023

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

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Jerald A. Kessler
14047 West Petronella Drive
Suite 202 B
Libertyville, IL, 60048
Jerald A. Kessler
Northfield
Northfield, IL, 60093
Jerald A. Kessler
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 350-350 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Education

  • University of Chicago Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1972
  • University of Chicago
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1969

Legal Cases

  • Over 2,500 cases mediated.

Associations

  • Mediation Council of Illinois
  • President
  • 2020 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Assocation
  • Member, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section Council
  • 2020 - Present
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts Illinois Chapter
  • Secretary
  • 2013 - Present
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts Illinois
  • Treasurer
  • 2013 - Present
  • Academy of Professional Family Mediators
  • Founder and Advanced Practitioner
  • 2010 - Present
  • Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois
  • Fellow,Co- Founder, Founding Secretary
  • 2002 - Present
  • Mediation Council of Illinois
  • Board Member
  • 1993 - Present
  • Lake County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1992 - Present
  • Association for Conflict Resolution
  • Advanced Practitioner
  • 1992 - Present
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • Member
  • 1992 - Present
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1973 - Present
  • Mediation Council of Illinois
  • President
  • 1995 - 1999
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2022
  • Leading Lawyers
  • Leading Lawyers Network
  • 2021
  • SuperLawyers
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2021
  • Leading Lawyers
  • Leading Lawyers Network
  • 2020
  • SuperLawyers
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2020
  • Leading Lawyers
  • Leading Lawyers Network
  • 2019
  • SuperLawyers
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2018
  • Leading Lawyers
  • Illinois Leading Lawyer Network
  • 2018
  • Leading Lawyer
  • Leading Lawyers Network
  • 2017
  • Leading Lawyer
  • Leading Lawyers Network
  • 2016
  • Leading Lawyer
  • Leading Lawyers Network
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2015
  • Leading Lawyer
  • Leading Lawyers Network
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2014
  • Leading Lawyer
  • Leading Lawyers Network
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2013
  • Leading Lawyer
  • Leading Lawyers Network
  • 2012
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Publications

  • The Docket - A Publication of the Lake County Bar
  • Preparing Clients For Family Law Mediation
  • 2021
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Speaking Engagements

  • Advanced Mediation Training
  • Mediating With Parties in Ongoing Relationships
  • 2016
  • Webinar
  • Impact of Changes in Divorce Law on Mediation
  • 2016
  • Dispute Resolution Institute
  • Advanced Mediation Training
  • 2016
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • The Impact on Mediation of Changes in Illinois Divorce Law
  • 2016
  • Furthering Mediation Skills - In Court Mediations
  • Advanced Mediation
  • 2015
  • Advanced Mediation Training
  • Dealing with Impasse
  • 2015
  • Annual Conference
  • Parenting Coordinators
  • 2013
  • Family Law Conference
  • Confidentiality in Mediation
  • 2013
  • Annual Conference
  • Mediation Ethics
  • 2011
  • Annual Conference
  • Mediation Ethics
  • 2010
  • Annual Conference
  • Confidentiality
  • 2010
  • Family Law Conference
  • Introduction to ADR
  • 2009
  • Professionalism Seminar
  • ADR and Ethics
  • 2009
  • Annual Conference
  • Mediation in the Face of Strongly Held Beliefs
  • 2006
  • 19th Judicial Circuit Family Mediation Program,
  • Screening for Impairments to Mediation
  • 2003
  • niversity of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
  • Power, Power Imbalances and Caucus
  • 2003
  • The Lilac Tree, Evanston, Illinois,
  • Divorce Mediation -- The Civilized Alternative
  • 2003
  • Family Law Seminar
  • What Lawyers Can Do to Facilitate Mediation
  • 2003
  • niversity of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
  • Power, Power Imbalances and Caucus
  • 2002
  • niversity of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
  • Power, Power Imbalances and Caucus
  • 2002
  • Association for Conflict Resolution Semina
  • Working with Attorneys in Mediation
  • 2002
  • Family Law Seminar
  • Power Imbalances and Anger in Mediation - No Problem
  • 2002
  • University of Wisconsin and Wisconsin Association of Mediator
  • 2003
  • N/A
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Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (6)
Endorse Jerald
Mediation Attorney | Oct 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Mediation Attorney | Apr 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jerald is a bright, knowledgeable and compassionate attorney. He is well versed in the law and very aware of recent developments."
Mediation Attorney | Nov 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jerry is an exceptional mediator and is widely regarding as among the top mediators in Lake County. His expertise is recognized statewide and he has a track record of resolving difficult and complex matters. He is a credit to the profession."
Family Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Jerry is an excellent attorney with a high degree of professionalism."
Family Attorney | Jan 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jerald Kessler is a wonderful attorney."
Mediation Attorney | Oct 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jerry is a fantastic mediator with a great reputation. I highly endorse him."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Sep 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Jerald is a top-notch mediator and does a wonderful job representing children in divorce matters. It is always a pleasure to work with Jerald. I highly recommend this lawyer. ."
Mediation Attorney | Mar 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
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Libertyville Mediation Lawyer Jerald Kessler
Jerald Kessler
Mediation Attorney
Libertyville, IL
Licensed for 49 years
Virtual consultation available