Professional Details

David Louis, MPA, CDFA
Senior MediatorSenior MediatorSenior Mediator

LOUIS MEDIATION SERVICES

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161 North Clark St. Suite 1600
Chicago, IL 60601
USA
773-633-0256

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Description of Practice

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. My rate is $195 per hour. For families with lower incomes, I offer a sliding scale fee structure. I offer a free one hour 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. I'm David Louis, and my company Louis Mediation Services serves clients in the broader Chicagoland area.

Professional Background

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.

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.

Degrees

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

Training

Dates    Trainer(s)    Title   
2016    Northwestern University    Divorce Mediation Skills Training - 42 hours
2016    Center for Conflict Resolution - Chicago    Performance Based Mediation Skills Training - 40 hours
2013    Elder Decisions - Boston    Elder Mediation Training - 24 Hours
2011    Suzanne Brunsting    Interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice Training - 16 hours
2017    Tricia Jones, Ph.D    Conflict Coaching - 19.5 hours
2018    Tricia Jones, Ph.D    Advanced Conflict Coaching - 12 hours
2012    The Mediation Center - Rochester, NY    ACR Approved Family and Divorce Mediation Training - 42 hours
2006    Mediation Matters - Saratoga Springs, NY    Basic Mediation Training - 30 hours

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

Fees

My billing rate is $195 per hour; I offer a free one hour consultation and I also don't charge for the review of final documents (Memorandum of Understanding). I offer a discounted sliding scale fee structure for families with lower incomes to keep the mediation process affordable.

Other Information

My work as a Mediator and Facilitator reflects my passion for working with couples and families as they face the significant challenges involved in separation and divorce. I strive to create a neutral process that empowers my clients to communicate with each other in mediation to make their own informed decisions as they move on with their lives.

Areas of Practice

  • Adult Family (5 mediated)
  • Community (50 mediated)
  • Divorce (all issues) (150 mediated)
  • Divorce (parenting) (200 mediated)
  • Elder (5 mediated)
  • Family (200 mediated)
  • Online Mediation (20 mediated)

Professional Services

  • Mediator
  • Certified Divorce Financial Analyst
  • Conflict Coach

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