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Mediators Chicago IL

Mediators provide mediation services for disagreements concerning such issues as premarital agreements, financial disagreements, separation, divorce, parenting plans, wrongful termination, labor management, victim-offender mediation and more. See below for local businesses in Chicago that give access to qualified mediators and for more advice and content on facilitative mediation and evaluative mediation.

Virgil R. Montgomery Jr.
(312) 258-5672
6600 Willis Tower 233 S. Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL
Specialties
Construction, General Practice, Mediation
State Licensing
Illinois

Edward D Shapiro
(949) 851-7475
191 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 1800
Chicago, IL
Specialties
Mediation, Real Estate, Litigation
State Licensing
Illinois

Fern Cheryl Bomchill
150 S WACKER DR HARTFORD BLDG
CHICAGO, IL
Specialties
Federal Crime, Litigation, Mediation
Education
University of Chicago Law School,University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
State Licensing
Illinois

Neil Kevin Quinn
(312) 346-1973
Suite 2500 One South Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL
 
Kim Ann Leffert
150 S WACKER DR HARTFORD BLDG
CHICAGO, IL
Specialties
Appeals, Litigation, Mediation, Arbitration
Education
University of Chicago Law School,Cornell University
State Licensing
Illinois

David Craig Hilliard
(312) 554-8000
311 S WACKER DR STE 5000
CHICAGO, IL
Specialties
Intellectual Property, Litigation, Mediation
Education
Tufts University,University of Chicago
State Licensing
Illinois

Erika E. Pedersen
(312) 322-0710
309 W WASHINGTON ST STE 1200
CHICAGO, IL
Specialties
Employment, Family, Mediation, Arbitration, Sexual Harassment
Education
DePaul University College of Law,Northern Illinois University
State Licensing
Illinois

Kent Lawrence
(312) 924-4247
300 S. Wacker Dr., Suite 500
Chicago, IL
Specialties
Arbitration, Real Estate, Mediation
State Licensing
Illinois

Brad Carroll Schweiger
(224) 725-3489
PO BOX A3698
CHICAGO, IL
Specialties
General Practice, Family, Mediation, Child Custody, Child Support, Divorce, Bankruptcy, Wills
Education
The John Marshall Law School
State Licensing
Illinois

Fred C. Begy III
30 S WACKER DR
CHICAGO, IL
Specialties
Aviation, Personal Injury, Defective & Dangerous Products, Mediation
Education
University of Notre Dame,University of South Florida
State Licensing
Illinois

Conflict: A New Perspective

by Julie Fuimano

I was recently asked to address the issue of conflict resolution at the hospital of one of our clients. In today's fast-paced and stressed-out society, conflict resolution is a critical issue. People don't always have the time or the tools to handle conflict.

The word ‘conflict' connotes something bad. People think of conflict and they think of two people in a heated argument. But as the workplace shapes itself to recognize and be more accepting of diversity and differing opinions and as companies write their diversity policies, why not change the way we view conflict and embrace it as something to be valued instead of dispelled?

Conflict Defined

Conflict is defined as a disagreement, a battle or to be at odds. In essence, conflict is a differing of opinions, point of views or ideas. Conflict occurs when two or more people see things from different perspectives, given their education, background, upbringing, knowledge of the issue, beliefs, time of day, mood, etc. Is this not the definition of diversity? Diversity is a variety, an assortment or a mixture. And accepting diversity means accepting that people have inherently different views on how they see the world and how to get things done.

The Source Of Conflict

So why then do people get so uptight and agitated when disagreements occur? There are two main reasons: one, when the idea is presented and then rejected, the person may take it as a personal attack. The second reason is that the person might be attached to it being done their way.

As a leader and a role model, recognize there is always another way to accomplish something, not just your way or the way it's always been done. Be open to receiving input from others, recognizing that their perspective offers you the opportunity to see the issue or problem in a way that you might not have considered. When you present your suggestions and opinions, detach yourself from whether your suggestion is implemented. While it may seem like the best choice from your vantage point, realize there may be many other factors that go into making the decision and that it's not about you as a person.

Acknowledge The Conflict

When faced with conflict, don't run from it; acknowledge it for what it is - diversity of thought. Ask each person to share his or her ideas. Compliment each of them on their innovative and unique perspectives. Praise each of those on your team so they understand how important their differing opinions are. By doing so, you are demonstrating leadership and showing respect for their diverse perspectives. Seek to understand where each person is coming from and help each of the participants understand the other's point of view. Once you understand the framework behind their perspective, you can help to dissolve the conflict and refocus their energies on finding solutions.

Focus On The Outcome

When its time to focus on selecting the most appropriate course of action, focus on ac...

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