Professional Details

David Louis, MPA, CDFA
Certified
Senior MediatorSenior MediatorSenior Mediator

LOUIS MEDIATION SERVICES

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Office Locations in Chicago and Northbrook

USA
773-633-0256
Fax: 866-796-9514

Description of Practice

This Mediator is Certified
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.

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   
2006    Mediation Matters - Saratoga Springs, NY    Basic Mediation Training - 30 hours
2007    Dispute Resolution Center - Kingston, NY    Advanced Workplace Mediation Training 16 hours
2008    Mediation Matters - Albany, NY    Child Custody/Visitation/PINS Training 24 hours
2008    Richard Mandell, Esq (Common Ground Dispute Resolution)    Advanced Custody and Visitation Workshop 4 hours
2009    New York State Dispute Resolution Association    Special Education Mediation Program 15.5 hours
2009    Duke Fisher (Learning Laboratories)    Divorce Mediation Training 56 hours
2009    New York State Council on Divorce Mediation    2009 Annual Conference (Mediate for the Children) Sessions 15 hours
2010    New York State Council on Divorce Mediation    2010 Annual Conference (Mediation Medley) Sessions 19.5 hours
2010    Roberta Wall (Common Ground Dispute Resolution)    Non-Violent Communication in Mediation 6 hours
2010    New York State Council on Divorce Mediation    2010 Fall Conference Sessions 5.5 hours
2011    B. Dillon and B. Danehy (NYS Council on Divorce Mediation)    Conflict Resolution and Mediation Theory 5 hours
2011    Suzanne Brunsting    Interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice Training - 16 hours
2011    New York State Council on Divorce Mediation    2011 Annual Conference (Mediation, Taking it to the Next Level) Sessions 16.5 hours
2011    New York State Council on Divorce Mediation    2011 Fall Conference Sessions 6 hours
2011    The Mediation Center - Rochester, NY    ACR Approved Family and Divorce Mediation Training - 42 hours
2011    Cathy Heenan (Collaborative Divorce Assn. of the Capital District    Advanced Interdisciplinary Collaborative Training 8 hours
2011    New York State Council on Divorce Mediation    2011 Downstate Conference Sessions 6 hours
2012    New York State Council on Divorce Mediation    2012 Annual Conference (Making Divorce Mediation Work for You) Sessions 18 hours
2012    New York State Council on Divorce Mediation    2012 Fall Conference Sessions 5 hours
2012    Elder Decisions - Boston    Advanced Elder/Adult Family Mediation Training 22 hours
2012    New York State Council on Divorce Mediation    2012 Downstate Conference Sessions 6 hours
2012    Academy of Professional Family Mediators    2012 Conference (Falmouth, MA) Sessions 20 hours
2012    Mediation Matters - Albany, NY    Group Facilitation Training 8 hours
2013    New York State Council on Divorce Mediation    2013 Annual Conference Sessions 16.5 hours
2013    Victoria Smith and Sheila Brown (Collaborative Divorce Association of the Capital District)    Advanced Interdisciplinary Collaborative Training 16 hours
2013    Academy of Professional Family Mediators    2013 Conference (Denver, CO) Sessions 20 hours
2013    New York State Council on Divorce Mediation    2013 Downstate Conference Sessions 6 hours
2014    Woody Mosten (NYS Council on Divorce Mediation)    47 Things Every Mediator Should Know 6 hours
2014    New York State Council on Divorce Mediation    2014 Annual Conference Sessions 16 hours
2014    Kate Scharff, MSW; Lisa Herrick, PhD (Collaborative Divorce Association of the Capital District)    Advanced Interdisciplinary Collaborative Training - Mastering the
2014    Timothy Tippins, JD    Ultimate Update 2014 - Family Law
2014    New York State Council on Divorce Mediation    2014 Fall Conference Sessions 6.5 hours
2014    New York State Council on Divorce Mediation    2014 Downstate Conference Sessions 5 hours
2015    New York State Council on Divorce Mediation    2015 Annual Conference Sessions 14.5 hours
2015    New York State Council on Divorce Mediation    2015 Fall Conference Sessions 5.5 hours
2015    Bill Eddy (NYS Council on Divorce Mediation)    New Ways for Mediation: More Structure, More Skills and Less Stress 4 hours
2015    Timothy Tippins, JD    Ultimate Update 2015 - Family Law
2015    New York State Council on Divorce Mediation    2014 Downstate Conference Sessions 5.5 hours
2016    Center for Conflict Resolution - Chicago     Performance Based Mediation Skills Training 40 hours
2016    Northwestern University     Divorce Mediation Skills Training - 42 hours
2016    Association For Conflict Resolution - Chicago    Mindfulness and Conflict 1 hour
2016    Association For Conflict Resolution - Chicago    Everything You Wanted to Know about the New Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act and How It Affects Your Mediation Practice 1 hour
2016    Bill Eddy (Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois)     Dealing with High Conflict Personalities in Divorce 6 hours
2016    Lee C. Kindlon, Esq.    Military Spouses and Divorce – Issues to Consider 1 hour
2016    Eric Tepper, JD    Spousal Maintenance Guidelines - What To Expect 1 hour
2016    Scott D. Schimick, Esq; Myles B. Fischer, Esq    Tax Matters to Consider in Negotiating and Drafting 1 hour
2016    Beth Wilner and Alona Anspach    F-A-I-R is a Four Letter Word 1 hour
2016    Ellen Langer, Ph.D. (Family Action Network)    Mindfulness and the Power of Possibility 1.5 hours
2016    Ken Rosenbaum (APFM Webinar)    Get It In Writing 1.5 hours
2016    Natasha Kendel Ph.D, LMFT (IDFA Webinar)    Perils of High Net-Worth Parenting 1 hour
2017    Sharon Ellison (Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois)     Powerful Non-Defensive Communication for Collaborative Professionals 6 hours
2017    Tricia Jones, Ph.D     Conflict Coaching - 19.5 hours
2017    Robert Emery (Illinois AFCC)     Age Appropriate Parenting Plans and Shared Recent Research and Implications for Family Law Professionals - 6 hours
2017    Teresa F. Frisbie ( ACR Chicago)    Exploring Emotional Intelligence (EQ) in Mediation: A Technique to Help Parties Self-Regulate Emotions 1.25 hours
2017    Sheila Heen (Loyola University School of Law)    Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most 1.5 hours
2017    Sheila Heen (Loyola University School of Law)    Thanks for the Feedback: The Science and Art of Receiving Feedback Well 1 hour
2017    Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois    Financial-Focused Fellows Collaborative Skills Training
2017    Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois    Using Family Law Software in Collaborative Cases to Create Settlement Options
2017    Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education    Child Support and Maintenance: What’s on the Horizon? 7 hours
2018    Tricia Jones, Ph.D     Advanced Conflict Coaching - 12 hours
2018    Jacinta Gallant (Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois)     Interest Based Collaboration - Doing It Effectively 6 hours
2019    Nancy Cameron (Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois)    How our Identities and Values Affect our Proficiency in Dispute Resolution 6 hours
2019    NYS Council on Divorce Mediation Webinar    Practical Strategies and Techniques for Divorce Mediators to Recognize and Understand the Impact of Domestic Violence 2 hours
2019    Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education    Child Support and Maintenance: 7th Biannual Master Teacher Seminar 7 hours
2019    Institute of Divorce Financial Analysts    DEATH AND DIVORCE: WHEN BAD GOES TO WORSE
2019    Stephanie Senuta (Center for Conflict Resolution-Chicago)     Working with Families in Crisis: Strategies, Tips and Lessons Learned 1 hour
2019    Jill Tanz (Center for Conflict Resolution - Chicago)    Neuroscience in Mediation: Minimizing Stress to Improve Mediation 1 hour
2019    David Hoffman (APFM Conference Webinar)    What Makes People Tick: A Divorce Professional’s Guide to Our Multiple Parts 1.25 hours
2019    Kenneth Cloke (APFM Conference Webinar)    Mediating Dangerously: The Frontiers of Family Conflict Resolution 1.25 hours
2019    Kenneth Cloke (APFM Conference Webinar)    The Logic of Emotions in Divorce: How to Mediate Anger, Fear, Grief and Shame 3.5 hours
2019    John Fiske and Ken Neumann (APFM Conference Webinar)    Using Mediation to Help Couples Stay Married 3.5 hours
2019    Woody Mosten (APFM Conference Webinar)    Case Consultation Workshop: Becoming A Master Mediator 1.75 hours
2019    Steve Erickson and Marilyn McKnight (APFM Conference Webinar)    Child Support Account - The Core of the Elegant Solution 3.5 hours
2020    Institute of Divorce Financial Analysts    NAVIGATING THE Financial Impact of Emotions During Divorce 1 hour
2020    Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education    Business Valuation, Financial and Tax Issues in Divorce 2020 6 hours
2020    David E. Consigli, CPA, ABV, CDFA (APFM Webinar)    Introduction to Business Valuations 1 hour
2020    Institute of Divorce Financial Analysts    Credit and Divorce: What Every Financial Professional Needs to Know 1 hour
2020    Institute of Divorce Financial Analysts    Keep the Dream - Lose the Nightmare - Long Term Care Planning 1 hour

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 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.

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

  • Community (50 mediated)
  • Divorce (all issues) (175 mediated)
  • Divorce (parenting) (200 mediated)
  • Elder (5 mediated)
  • Family (200 mediated)
  • Online Mediation (20 mediated)

Professional Services

  • Mediator
  • Conflict Coach
  • Online Mediator

References

Bobbie Dillon Trainer, Mentor Ron Heilmann Colleague Patrick Kalscheur Colleague Amy Gertler Colleague

Attachments

      David Louis Resume_2019.pdf David Louis Resume_2019.pdf