Professional Details

David Louis, MPA, CDFA
Practitioner MediatorPractitioner Mediator


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161 North Clark St. Suite 1600
Chicago, IL 60601


Description of Practice

Upstate Divorce Mediation provides divorce and family mediation services to clients, with offices located in Albany, Coxsackie, Catskill and Saratoga Springs. David Louis, President and Co-Founder, is recognized as an Advanced Practitioner by the Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR). I can provide couples who have decided to separate or divorce the opportunity to cost effectively discuss and come to an agreement on the terms of their separation agreement and/or divorce settlement. My rates are affordable and I offer a sliding scale fee structure for families with lower incomes. I will provide a free one hour consultation to explain the mediation process and answer any questions.

Professional Background

After working in the public sector for 30+ years, where I specialized in consensus building and dispute resolution, I began extensive training and practice in the field of family and divorce mediation. I founded Upstate Divorce Mediation to provide professional and affordable services to couples who have decided to end their marriage.


I began my formal career in Mediation in 2006. I founded Upstate Divorce Mediation in 2009. Over the past six years, I have mediated hundreds of family cases, including separation and divorce. I am a respected member of the mediation community and serve on the Board of Directors of the following organizations: New York State Council on Divorce Mediation New York State Dispute Resolution Association Collaborative Divorce Association of the Capital District In addition to my private mediation practice, I provide volunteer mediation services to several non-profit community dispute resolution centers in the Albany area. I believe that all mediators should give back to their community.


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


Dates    Trainer(s)    Title   
    The Mediation Center    ACR Approved Family and Divorce Mediation Training - 42 Hours
    Mediation Matters - Albany, NY    Custody/Visitation/PINS Training - 24 Hours
    Elder Decisions - Boston    Elder Mediation Training - 24 Hours
    Mediation Matters - Saratoga Springs, NY    Basic Mediation Training - 30 Hours


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

Other Information

David serves on the Board of Directors for the following dispute resolution organizations: - New York State Council on Divorce Mediation (Treasurer and Board Member) - New York State Dispute Resolution Association (Treasurer and Board Member) - Collaborative Divorce Association of the Capital District (Treasurer and Board Member) David generously donates his time as a volunteer mediator for Family Court referred cases on behalf of the following Not-for-Profit Community Dispute Resolution Centers: - Mediation Matters (Albany, Rensselaer and Saratoga Counties) - Common Ground (Columbia and Greene Counties) - Center for Community Justice (Schenectady County) David’s work as a Mediator and Facilitator reflects his passion for working with couples and families as they face the significant challenges involved in separation and divorce. He strives to create a neutral process that empowers his clients to communicate with each other in mediation to make their own informed decisions as they move on with their lives. Where separation and divorce involves children, mediation can help divorcing spouses to build a durable parenting plan that acknowledges their need to remain partners as parents to minimize the impact of divorce on their children.

Areas of Practice

  • Adult Family
  • Community
  • Divorce (all issues)
  • Divorce (parenting)
  • Elder
  • Family

Professional Services

  • Mediator
  • Certified Divorce Financial Analyst

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