I am an e xperienced Chicagoland area family law mediator and litigator. I pride myself on my professionalism and availability to my clients, who can always contact me directly. I maximize use of technology to save you time and money.
I graduated from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor of Science with a double major in Psychology and Political Science, and completed my Juris Doctor degree at the DePaul University College of Law in 2000. Since then, I have been practicing law, handling many negotiations, mediations, and litigating intensive family law cases.
I have twelve years experience in civil litigation, mainly in areas of family law and domestic violence, and related areas in Cook, DuPage and Kane Counties in Illinois. I have mediated cases in Chicago and DuPage County. I have represented clients before Judges at the Daley Center in Chicago, 555 West Harrison Avenue in Chicago, Maywood Courthouse, Rolling Meadows Courthouse, DuPage County Courthouse, Kane County Court and Will County Court.
I am court approved mediator. I have been mediating conflicts for over a decade. I mediate out of my offices in DuPage and Chicago, but also have by appointment location in Lincoln Park and Lincoln Square in Chicago; near O'Hare International Airport in Chicago; Skokie; Deerfield; Lake Forest; and Schaumburg.
Cases I have mediated, include cases involving abuse allegations, custody, visitation, child support, alimony/maintenance, property and debt division, including businesses and retirement plans. I mediated cases with parties that are represented by attorneys, but also pro se parties (representing themselves). In those cases, I draft the agreements for the parties and walk them through the steps of getting those agreements approved by the court.
I immigrated from Poland as a child, my wife is from Spain, and we have a son and twin daughters.
I am a member of the Illinois State, DuPage County, and Chicago Bar Associations, as well as the American Immigration Lawyers Association. I am fluent in Polish and speak conversational Spanish.
I believe that Mediation is a better way to resolve family disputes than litigation. The court system is ill-equipped for dealing with most family law issues. There is not enough time, personnel or resources to provide each situation with the appropriate help. Very importantly, the legal system is very formal, and does not allow for ingenious solutions. Mediation works because the parties can be creative in an informal setting, guided by a good mediator. I believe that everyone should try mediation before going to court.
An Experienced, Patient and Affordable Mediator
I work to accommodate your particular situation, in large measure because I believe that mediation can work for you, and at the very least, you should try mediating. Please note that while I can answer general questions about the process, I cannot discuss case facts with only one of the parties, without the other party being present. Please use the contact form to the left, or, have each party complete my Mediation Questionnaire here .