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As an experienced trial attorney, I founded Illinois Mediation Services, Inc. in response to the growing need for independent mediation and conflict resolution services in Illinois. I mediate all types of conflict situations including, but not limited to, divorce, custody, visitation, financial support and all other family matters, personal injury, medical malpractice, breach of contract, landlord/tenant disputes, business issues, partnership disputes, business asset purchase agreements, employment disputes and municipal issues. I also help companies by leading important meetings where conflict is expected.
In 2012, the President of the Illinois State Bar Association appointed me to serve on the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section Council. As a member of the ADR Section Council, I work with attorneys from around the state to find ways to help other attorneys and the general public more aware of mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution that serve as wonderful alternatives to litigation.
I am passionate about helping people work through stressful situations to resolve the conflict in their lives so they can move forward in a happier, healthier way.
In addition to my mediation / conflict resolution work, I also serve as a Hearing Officer for the State Universities Civil Service System where I oversee administrative hearings held for civil service employees who are employed by State Universities and are involved in the discharge/demotion process.
I also serve as the Professor/Coach of the University of Illinois College of Law American Bar Association Negotiation Team. We compete each year against teams from other law schools in a comprehensive, hands-on competition that teaches law students the essential art of negotiation.
Finally, I grew up in East Central Illinois and I try to do my part to help our community by serving as a Mentor and participating on Boards and Committees of various Not-for-Profit Organizations that help make the Champaign County a wonderful place to live.
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|IL||Active And Authorized To Practice Law||1994||08/10/2016|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|ATHENA Leadership Award 2013||Athena International||2013|
|Coach - ABA Negotiations Team||University Of Illinois College Of Law||2012 - Present|
|Hearing Officer||State Universities Civil Service System||2011 - Present|
|President / Founder||Illinois Mediation Services, Inc.||2010 - Present|
|Attorney / Partner||Thomas, Mamer & Haughey, LLP||1994 - 2010|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|C-U One to One Mentoring||Mentor||2012 - Present|
|Cunningham Childrent's Home||Board Member||2012 - Present|
|East Central Illinois Women Attorneys Association||Member||2012 - Present|
|Leadership Illinois||Fellow||2011 - Present|
|Mediation Council of Illinois||Member||2011 - Present|
|Champaign County Bar Association||Member||1994 - Present|
|Illinois State Bar Association||Member||1994 - Present|
|Merit Selection Committee for Reappointment of U.S. Magistrate Judge David G. Bernthal||Member||2010 - 2010|
|Association for Conflict Resolution||Member||2010 - 2013|
|Court Appointed Special Advocates of Champaign County||Former Board Member||2009 - 2012|
|Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel||Member||1994 - 2011|
|The Journal of Legal Medicine||Injured Consumers and the FDA: Should Federal Preemption Protect Medical Device Manufacturers Under a Quasi-Governmental Immunity?||1994|
|Southern Illinois University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1994|
|University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign||N/A||B.S. Human Resources and Family Studies||1991|
|"It's Cool to Be Kind" - Civility Week||Divorce and Family Mediation: A Civil Alternative||2013|