Ellen Feldman Biography
Mediator & Attorney in Chicago, IL
Ellen Barron Feldman graduated from Smith College in 1978, majoring in government. She received her law degree from Indiana University School of Law in 1981. For 15 years, she practiced commercial litigation in Chicago with two small and one large firm. In addition to trying cases, arguing motions and making other appearances before Illinois State and Federal courts, she volunteered in the schools and her community. She served on executive boards and a School Advisory Council at several Wilmette schools, participating in decision-making with administrators, teachers and school board members.
Ellen started volunteering over 14 years ago at The Lilac Tree in Evanston, a nonprofit organization assisting women through the process of divorce. She completed Family and Divorce Mediation Training through DePaul University Center for Conflict Resolution in May 2005 and Advanced Family Mediation in June 2005. She has been appointed to the 19th Judicial Circuit Family Mediation Program list of court-approved divorce mediators for Lake County, Illinois and frequently volunteers as a mediator in Lake County for people unable to afford attorneys or mediation. The judges of Lake County rely on her expertise and experience when referring clients to Ellen. She is also on the Cook County Family Mediation Program list that was created in July 2014. She is a member of the Chicago and Lake County Bar Associations, the Association of Women Attorneys of Lake County and the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts.
Ellen is a member of the Exclusive Professional Women’s Networking Group (“EPWNG”) and serves as a board member for the group. She is also a member of North Shore LAW, a group of women attorneys who have joined forces for marketing, collaboration and referral purposes.
Divorce Mediation is the most efficient and cost-effective method of resolving disputes between parties undergoing divorce to minimize the impact on everyone involved. The benefits of divorce mediation include teaching mediating parties to understand their finances and to practice problem-solving techniques for issues that may arise later in their parenting relationship. The benefits of mediation are far-reaching not only for the parties involved and their children, but also for the efficient resolution of cases in court.
Ellen's background in the courts, and her skills as a divorce mediator help make her the mediator she is today. She brings years of experience to her mediations, experience that she passes on to her clients to improve their communication and to help ensure their mediation experience is a productive and positive one.
Ellen routinely writes articles on the advantages of co-mediation for resolving issues creatively and efficiently, the role of the attorney-mediator in divorce mediation, the role of the attorney in the divorce mediation process and the financial benefits of divorce mediation, just to name a few.
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Chicago’s Mediator Ellen Feldman - Membership and affiliations
North Shore LAW, Board Member
The Lilac Tree, Speaker & Volunteer
The Chicago Bar Association
19th Judicial Circuit Family Mediation Program
Lake County Bar Association
Exclusive Professional Women’s Networking Group