Senior Mediator

Senior MediatorThis mediator has at least 100 hours of mediation training, 500 hours of mediation experience, agrees to take part in at least 12 hours per year of continuing mediation education, and subscribes to Mediate.com's required standards of mediation practice.Certified Online MediatorCertified MediatorCertified Online Family Mediator

David Louis, MPA, CDFA

Multiple Locations:

Chicago Offices:

1700 W Irving Park Rd., Suite 105,
Chicago, IL 60613

161 N. Clark St., Suite 1600,
Chicago, IL 60601

Northbrook Office:
555 Skokie Blvd., Suite 500,
Northbrook, IL 60062

I’m here for you at a time when you most need support. I will work with you to make your separation or divorce as easy, painless, and peaceful as possible. My goal is to help you move forward with your lives by focusing on a structured and meaningful dialogue that offers you both a voice in shaping your futures, and acknowledges your individual needs and the needs of your children. As a skilled, compassionate, and calm mediator, I’ll ensure that your discussions remain civil, constructive, and balanced. The result: agreements that are reasonable and acceptable to both of you.

Couples in transition face important financial decisions. I am a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst with decades of experience in accounting and finance. As your Mediator, I use these skills to assist you in analyzing your financial situation. I can also help you explore options so you can make financial decisions that work for both of you.

If your separation or divorce involves children, I will help you build a durable parenting plan. This plan will help you remain partners in your role as parents, and reflect your shared goals regarding your children’s wellbeing.


I worked in accounting and finance in the public sector for over 30 years, where I specialized in consensus building and dispute resolution. Then I began extensive training and practice in family and divorce mediation. I now provide professional and affordable services to couples who have decided to end their marriage.

ADR Experience

I’ve mediated hundreds of family cases, including separation and divorce. After starting my formal career in Mediation in 2006, I began my mediation practice in upstate New York. After many years my family wanted a change, so we relocated to Chicago.

Reflecting my commitment to the field, I have served on the Board of Directors of several organizations devoted to mediation and dispute resolution. I am currently a member of the Association for Conflict Resolution – Chicago Chapter, and a Fellow with the Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois. I am recognized as an Advanced Practitioner by the Association for Conflict Resolution.

In addition to my private mediation practice, I have provided volunteer mediation services to several non-profit community dispute resolution centers, and am currently a volunteer mediator with the Center for Conflict Resolution in Chicago. I believe in mediation and in giving back to support the mediation community.

Approach

I use a facilitative approach to mediation. I will assist my clients in shaping an agenda for their discussions, but defer to their needs and interests. Most of my clients are looking for a path to guide their conversations and decision making process; I help them by identifying the key areas that must be addressed in any separation agreement and/or divorce settlement

Education

B.S. Accounting, The University at Albany
MPA, Public Finance, The University at Albany

Areas Of Practice

  • Community
  • Divorce (all issues)
  • Divorce (parenting)
  • Elder
  • Family
  • Online Mediation

Additional Services

  • Certified Divorce Financial Analyst
  • Collaborative Professional
  • Conflict Coach

Fees and Provisos

My rate is $250 per hour. For families with lower incomes, I offer a sliding scale fee structure.

I offer a consultation to explain the mediation process and answer any questions. Please contact me if you’d like to set up this meeting. We can meet in person, on the phone, or on a video conference.

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