ADR Systems has expanded its services to the North Shore as part of its affiliation with a boutique dispute resolution practice in Northbrook.
ADR Systems’ affiliation with Mediate North Shore grows its family law division by adding space and staff at the suburban location.
Amy L. Gertler, a family law attorney with more than 30 years experience, founded Mediate North Shore in 2016. She now serves as a senior mediator with ADR Systems, according to a news release.
Gertler was looking to develop more business downtown, while Marc Becker, president of ADR Systems, was interested in expanding northward, she said.
“I found that attorneys who were interested in lawyer-assisted mediation with North Shore clients would sometimes have a hard time making it to the suburbs,” Gertler said.
Mediate North Shore, located off the Edens Expressway at 900 Skokie Boulevard, has three conference rooms, a break room and two offices.
In addition to family law cases, ADR Systems is now able to facilitate personal-injury and commercial cases at the Northbrook location.
Becker said the decision was a “win-win” for both parties.
“The idea of it is to make things easier for all parties involved,” Becker said.
In addition to Gertler, retired DuPage County judge Brian R. McKillip also joined the family law division of ADR Systems as a senior mediator and arbitrator.
“Family law is an arduous legal discipline because of what is fundamentally happening in each case: A family is being divided,” McKillip said in a statement.
“Mediation provides a way for us as neutrals to help parties through deeply personal decisions and arrive at arrangements that would not be possible in a courtroom,” he added.