Brian James Biography
Divorce and Family Mediator in Chicago, IL
Brian James is an experienced Divorce and Family Mediator with offices throughout Chicagoland and Southeastern Wisconsin.
Chicago’s Divorce Mediator Brian James started his mediation practice, C.E.L. and Associates, Inc. in late 2005.
Brian earned his B.S. in Sociology from Northern Illinois University in 1994 and completed training in Mediation and Conflict Resolution through Northwestern University in 2005.
The first 10 years of his professional career, Brian worked in the Criminal Justice System helping domestic violence and divorcing families resolve family conflicts and structure parenting agreements. He assisted with the healing process that took place after these life-changing events had occurred. His approach to mediation is client-driven. By aiding his clients with the resolution of their divorce issues outside of the courtroom, Brian helps create a win/win situation for all parties in a divorce.
He is able to help people work through their problems, and at the same time, give them skills to use in future conflicts.
In divorce mediation, Brian helps people work through their conflicts while teaching them problem solving, empathy and self-determination, while at the same time, giving them the ability to make informed decisions for themselves.
When confronted with a conflict, if Brian’s clients refer to what they learned in mediation, he believes they will be much better off an be able to resolve their conflicts on their own.
Brian recently celebrated 22 years of marriage to his wife Cindy. They have two boys, Connor, age 19, and Evan, age 16. Connor and Evan are the C. and E. in C.E.L. & Associates, Inc.
Chicago’s Divorce Mediator Brian James - Membership And Affiliations
Association for Conflict Resolution (National and Chicago Chapter)
Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
Frequent speaker at Chicago area Domestic Violence Shelters
Featured regularly in many online articles and ezine