401 N. Michigan Ave.,
Chicago, IL 60611

About Roselyn Friedman

" Based upon many years of practice as an estate planning attorney, I understand the issues which can arise in trust, estate, elder and adult family, and related types of conflict.  My mission as a mediator is to help parties find creative solutions for even the most complicated and emotionally–charged disputes, and to be tenacious in reaching that goal."


ADR Experience and Qualifications

  • Member of the American Arbitration Association ("AAA") Mediator Panel
  • 16+ years as a Mediator and Facilitator, 1999-present
  • 30+ year legal career, including 16 years as an Estate Planning Associate and then Partner at Rudnick & Wolfe (now DLA Piper, LLP), 1979-1995; 11 years as an Estate Planning Partner at Sachnoff & Weaver (now Reed Smith), 1995-2006
  • Approved Mediator in the Court-Annexed Mediation Programs for the Law and Chancery Divisions of the Circuit Court of Cook County, 2010-present, and for the Circuit Court of DuPage County, 2013-present
  • Approved Probate Mediator in the Circuit Court of Lake County Illinois, 2012-present
  • Volunteer Mediator for the Center for Conflict Resolution, 1989-2006

Presentations and Publications

  • Author: "What Every Illinois Estate Planner Should Know About Elder Mediation"
    Lake County Bar Association Docket , January 2018
  • Author:  "Focus on Facilitative Mediation:What Estate Planners and Fiduciaries Need to Know", Chapter 2, pp 21-39 of MEDIATION FOR ESTATE PLANNERS; Managing Family Conflct, (American Bar Association 2016)
  • Author: "Beyond Kumbaya: What Every Trust and Estate Attorney Needs to Know About Mediation" , ACTEC 2014 Annual Meeting., 
  • Co-author: “Using Mediation to Stem the Tide of Litigation in the Ocean of Family Wealth Transfers,” Dispute Resolution Journal of the American Arbitration Association, November 2004-2005
  • Co-author: “Using Facilitative Mediation in a Changing Estate Planning Practice,” Estate Planning, December 2005
  • Co-author: “Applying Mediation Strategies to Trusts and Estates,” Trusts & Estates Magazine, February 2000
  • Frequent speaker on estate planning and mediation topics, including for:: Chicago Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Program;  American Bankers Association Advanced Program for Trust Professionals; ALI-ABA 2011 Advanced Course of Study on Representing Estate and Trust Beneficiaries and Fiduciaries; American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution 15th Annual Spring Conference; American College of Trust and Estate Counsel ("ACTEC") 2014 Annual Meeting; 2016  Illinois Institute for Continuing Education Estate Planning Short Course; 2016 Lake County Bar Association; 2017 Women in LItigation Conference, Loyola University Chicago School of Law; Family Firm Institute 2017 Annual Conference
  • Trainer: Elder Mediation Training, Association of Attorney Mediators (Chicago Chapter),2017

Bar Admissions

  • State of Illinois, 1977
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois,1977


  • J.D., Loyola University Chicago School of Law, cum laude
  • M.A., Case Western Reserve University
  • B.S., University of Pittsburgh


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