Welcome to C.E.L. and Associates, Inc, well-established for specializing in Divorce Mediation, Marital and Family Mediation and Mediation for individuals facing conflict in the workplace or community. Servicing Chicago, the suburbs and Northeast Wisconsin. Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Kane, Kendal, Lake, McHenry and Will Counties in Illinois and Kenosha, Milwaukee and Racine Counties in Wisconsin.
"My commitment to mediation allows me to make a difference in people's lives while they are embroiled in conflict. I help people work through their problems through a process that helps them develop skills they can use for years to come. Through mediation, I help people resolve their conflicts and teach them problem solving, empathy and self-determination. I try to give them the ability to make informed decisions for themselves. I have achieved a major objective, if when confronted with a conflict, my clients refer back to what they learned in mediation."
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Brad and I thought the divorce would be horrible for us and the kids. To our surprise, we kind of knew what we were doing. Brian was there to help us with what we didn't know and was always available for phone calls and e-mails. We started mediation ... Read More
Helen and Brad - 12/2/2007
We had a lot of issues trying to work things out on our own. Once we sat down with Brian and started talking to him, we both knew that this was a good idea. He kept reminding us to think about our kids and helped us keep focused. I think he saved us ... Read More
Stephanie - 7/26/2008
Brian is a consummate professional. He handled my recent divorce with the utmost compassion and creative thinking.
Dan - 7/13/2009
Only 2 months passed from the day we decided to divorce to our day in court thanks to the help and guidance we found with Brian and Ellen.
Laura - 7/2/2012
I was divorced once before and it cost me $35,000 with no fighting. I found that mediation did the same thing for me and my new ex as 2 attorney and $35,000 did the first time. It was nice that Brian was there for phone calls and e-mails "off the clo ... Read More
Matthew - 1/8/2008
The best thing about the mediation as the flexibility of the mediator. We met during my lunch hour twice and, when that didn't work, he agreed to meet with us at night so we didn't have to miss work. This helps a lot since we did mediation due to the ... Read More
Morgan - 3/25/2009
Brian James has been an invaluable partner for me to refer my mortgage clients to. When divorcing couples are in mutual agreement to divide the equity in their homes and go on their separate ways, a Divorce Mediator is the perfect solution for both s ... Read More
Debra Sineni - Benchmark Mortgage Corp. - 7/2/2007
My husband and I went to mediation because we heard it would tell us how to raise our 2 boys. Thankfully, Brian never told us how to do it. He was very blunt when he told us that he would never tell us how to parent our kids, that he knew nothing abo ... Read More
Melanie - 6/3/2008
Brian is great! I am a family law attorney, and send my most difficult cases to him, and miraculously they come out with a complete agreement on many occasions, and my clients are very satisfied. He is thorough and addresses all issues, and keeps at ... Read More
Erin - 6/6/2013
Brian has taken some very difficult situations in mediation and turned them into positive results. He does an excellent job, and I will continue to use his serves and recommend him as well
Marjorie Sher - Divorce Attorney - 2/1/2010
“Brian and I both were in the divorce industry. Brian as a mediator and I as a financial analyst. I often get calls from clients looking for a mediator and I have Brian at the top of my list. I like recommending Brian to my clients because he believe ... Read More
Cathy Belmonte Newman - C.D.F.A. - 5/21/2008
Brian guided us step by step and always reminded us of our son's best interests.
Karen, Ron and Max - 10/25/2010
I got divorced in 2009. However, at that time, I, nor my ex-husband, were aware that there were many things left out of our JPA when it came to our children. When we started to have "issues", we reached out to Brian. Prior to meeting, Brian asked me ... Read More
Mary Beth - 10/1/2012
Brian has been able to work magic when getting divorcing couples to resolve difficult situations. He has the skills and experience necessary to achieve results, even for the most challenging scenarios.
David Kerpel - Divorce Attorney - 2/1/2010
Brian is very skilled divorce mediator. He has the ability to assist divorcing couples to come up with the best possible solutions for themselves regarding their divorce, thus reducing emotional distress and saving money.
Patricia Anderson - Therapist - 5/20/2008
"I refer any and all clients interested in mediation to Ellen and her team. She has an uncanny ability to earn the trust of both parties who work with her and she helps them resolve conflicts which seem impossible to resolve without litigation. Ellen ... Read More
Beth McCormack - Divorce Attorney - 10/21/2011
Brian James was very helpful with our divorce process. Things went smoothly and he helped us to make the right decisions for our children. I would definitely suggest the mediation process and Brian to anyone going through a divorce. I think it's heal ... Read More
Shannon - 11/25/2013
Brian is an excellent mediator and very committed to helping families and couples reach agreements. Brian is helpful and knowledgeable and is a key resource in the area of Domestic Relations.
Diana Lopez - Divorce Attorney
I would recommend CEL to everyone going through a divorce. It was less combative than going with attorneys, the cost was okay and the mediator was able to diffuse situations that could have caused a lot of problems.
Arnie - 1/5/2009
n the most difficult time a person could go through, finding an intermediary that you feel you can trust is paramount. I felt like Brian was that throughout a very contentious process.
I recommend Brian if you ever find yourself in the middle of ... Read More
Josh - 6/28/2013
I'm very pleased with my divorce mediation experience with Brian James. He provided us with just the type and amount of guidance needed to navigate through an otherwise painful process with efficiency and consideration.
Rebecca - 2/16/2012
In the short time that I've known Brian, he has been of great help to me. Brian is very friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable. Brian is a great person to work with. If you are in need of mediation or know someone who does, he is definitely someone you ... Read More
Jenny Evers - Country Insurance & Financial Srvcs.
Brian and Ellen were wonderful to work with. They were helpful and thorough. Our process went very smoothly and I have already recommended their services to friends.
Beth - 7/11/2013
I would recommend Brian for anyone with kids. He helps us with what to say to our children about the divorce and our moving apart. He even took the time to role play with us and pose questions that our kids might ask. I was most impressed that he cal ... Read More
Ellie - 4/12/2009
The mediation was so simple. Both my husband and I were divorced before and they were both messy. We were done in 8 hours and only had 1 court date. It was emotional, but mediating was much better than going to court. We can both attest to that.
Jennifer - 10/19/2007
This was my and my husbands 2nd mediator. We went to one through the courts in Chicago and it didn't go well. The mediator kept making "suggestions" as to what we should agree on. I liked the fact that Brian never told us what we should do, he listen ... Read More
Sue - 3/15/2009
My wife and I have 4 kids and have a decent amount of money. We were arguing about how we were going to divide things up. After meeting with Brian and going over what we had, he gave us many different options of ways to divide our money. Many of whic ... Read More
Barry - 11/9/2007
My ex-wife and I have been divorced for 9 years. Our son is 12 years old and recently told us that he didn't want to live with me anymore. Initially, I told him he had to and contacted my attorney to make sure I could force my son to stay with me. He ... Read More
Jeffrey - 6/11/2007
Brian's mediation during my divorce made the process very managable. He worked with us sorting through the details, and provided us advise so we could reach comprehensive solutions. I am very happy with his service and I recommend it.
Natalia - 1/20/2009
Brian was a pleasure to deal with in such an already difficult position. Thank you much for your time and effort.
Marty - 5/19/2009
Brian provided expert mediation while maintaining neutral ground for a very difficult situation, divorce. His past experience provided him the ability to diffuse tense situations and manage a workable outcome. Brian also provided expert advice on how ... Read More
Alan - 1/24/2010
No divorce is without pain but Brian made the process much less painful than a traditional divorce. If you are at the point where divorce will be a reality then Brian's service is the only one to consider.
David - 7/22/2008
In these uncertain economic times, Brian has the ability to create workable solutions for divorcing couples. Brian thinks outside the box, developing creative ways around problems and setting his clients on the path to less contentious divorces. Bria ... Read More
Patti Levinson - Divorce Attorney - 4/14/2009
Brian was very comprehensive and non-judgemental. He maintained his integrity in difficult situations, is compassionate and stayed on task.
Brenda - 8/6/2007
Going through the divorce process with C.E.L. & Associates is much less traumatic than going the traditional route. Brian and Ellen are professional, knowledgeable, and keep the negotiations fair. Both of us felt safe and able to think clearly to com ... Read More
Peggy - 1/10/2012
At our initial meeting, it became clear this would be tough when my future ex walked out of the meeting. Brian figured it out, stayed the course and we both made it through - relatively amicably.
Vicki - 12/20/2007
Before mediation, I thought we didn't need it and we could resolve everything by ourselves. After the first meeting, I realized there was far too much bitterness and animosity. Like it or not, we needed a fair and unbiased third party.
Adam - 7/26/2007
My ex-husband and I hired Brian James to assist us in mediating our divorce. Brian was informative, open, helpful and timely in getting information and documents to us. The few times that issues between us arose, Brian was there to help but stood qui ... Read More
Stacey - 9/10/2008
Brian is passionate about helping people through the incredibly difficult process of divorce. He helped me through this highly volatile and emotional process with thoughtfulness, fairness and patience. I view my divorce process as having been "succes ... Read More
Cindy - 11/6/2008
Brian is truly an outstanding individual and professional to work with. Brian has helped a handful of my clients that have been faced with unfortunate cricumstances. Brian brings passion to conflict resolution that is well above the line for his indu ... Read More
Karth Barr - Mortgage Broker - 9/10/2008
All I want to say is "money saving". We met with Mr. James 3 times and worked out our entire divorce. Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought it would be that easy. Mr. James put things in perspective and kept us from arguing. He seemed to re ... Read More
Heidi - 3/15/2007
This is my 2nd divorce and it was nothing compared to my first,and I say that in a good way. My mediation with Brian and Ellen was done in 4 sessions and only took a few months. My 1st divorce took over a year and I am still having problems with that ... Read More
Joe - 7/23/2009
Brian does a great job guiding spouses through divorce with minimal conflict, and helping them to achieve an amicable and fair resolution
Kristina Wayne - Divorce Attorney - 2/2/2010
My husband wanted the divorce and I refused to give it to him out of spite. After working with Brian, I realized what might happen to my kids and our finances if my husband i I both retained lawyers and went through the court. With his and my therapi ... Read More
Beth - 1/12/2008
The process was easy and cost efficient. We were very pleased with the services of CEL. They made a difficult process a little easier.
Harold - 9/21/2012
I have been divorced for 5 years. My ex and I have always had small battle about the kids. Recently, it got bad. Our divorce agreement said we must mediate and my attorney referred me to Brian. In 4 hours, we made more positive progress than we had i ... Read More
Bill - 8/4/2008
Where was mediation when I got divorced. I recall spending a lot of money. When my ex-husband and I started to argue about child support, I almost gave in to what he wanted knowing that i couldnt afford the cost of court and that he could. I read abo ... Read More
Delia - 1/5/2007
Brian made what could be a very difficult thing go way smoother and easier than I thought it could ever be.
Bill - 10/22/2010
CEL and Associates - Family, Marital and Business Mediation Services
Mediation Services can be arranged during all phases of conflict resolution. At C.E.L. and Associates we offer a full suite of mediation services that are appropriate to each phase of the marital and separation and divorce process. Unlike some court-mandated mediation that only occurs at the order of the court, couples regularly seek out mediation services during all phases of the procedure.
Additionally, C.E.L. and Associates can guide you through both Employee/Employer conflicts and disputes within the Community or if you are a Landlord or Tenant. The accompanying sections will fully outline the range of our service offerings.
When contemplating entering mediation, contact us for copies of our highly-informative resources on 10 Reasons to Try Mediation, Litigated vs. Mediated Divorces, 18 Key Steps to Helping Your Child Through the Divorce Process and A 10-Step Plan Dealing with Neighborhood Disputes.
We look forward to answering any specific questions you may have about any of our mediation services