Testimonials

Peggy

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 come to an arrangement that suited our family.

Peggy

Stephanie

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 a lot of money by not going to court.

Stephanie

Patricia Anderson

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

Barry

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 which actually saved us money. We were both very satisfied with the process.

Barry

Morgan

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 lower costs.

Morgan

Arnie

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

Natalia

Brian’s mediation during my divorce made the process very manageable. 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

Jeffrey

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 mentioned to me that what I was saying was selfish and referred me to Mr. James. My ex and I met with Mr. James twice and in the end, I had almost as much time with my son as I did before. He was much happier and I was still a part of his life. I don’t know if Mr. James has children, but he sure had a way of making us realize what was really important, that our son was happy.

Jeffrey

Alan

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 to maintain a strong sense of family even in a divorce and kept our children in mind at all times. He is a very detail oriented person which is critical in his field. I would strongly recommend the use of Brian as a divorce mediator prior to or in replace of an attorney.

Alan

Marjorie Sher

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

Beth

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 therapists assistance, I was able to keep my children at the focus of the process and work toward peace.

Beth

Matthew

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 clock”. He did a good job of helping us reach an agreement we could both live with. I would recommend mediation to everyone.

Matthew
Matthew

Patti Levinson

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. Brian’s hard work makes by job as a matrimonial attorney so much easier. I would not hesitate to recommend Brian.

Patti Levinson
Divorce Attorney

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’s background as an attorney helps her guide parties to resolution and steer them away from threatening litigation in order to accomplish their goals.”

Beth McCormack
Divorce Attorney

Ellie

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 called my husband the day after we told the kids to see how it went.

Ellie

Karth Barr

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 industry! These words have been relayed to me by all my clients whom have worked directly with Brian. I am very fortunate to have Brian as a team member, knowing if there is a need for the right resolution that my clients will be in the right hands with Brian James!

Karth Barr
Mortgage Broker

Joe

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 agreement. The mediation process is the way to go.

Joe

Sue

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 listened and then gave us many options and ideas to work with. I, along with my soon to be ex, really appreciated that.

Sue

Vicki

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

Delia

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 couldn’t afford the cost of court and that he could. I read about mediation in a magazine and gave Brian a call. After we met with him one time for three hours, we had a new agreement worked out that we were both comfortable with. I couldn’t believe it. Three hours in mediation and fifteen minutes in court and we were done.

Delia

Rebecca

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

Bill

“Brian helped my exwife and I update our divorce agreement 4 years after we were divorced. We had made a lot of changes since the divorce and some things came up that we didn’t plan on and weren’t in the divorce. In 3 hours Brian went through our entire parenting agreement and helped us fill in the missing pieces. It was easy.”

Bill

Adam

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

Helen and Brad

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 in June and were divorce in November. We would both recommend mediation to anybody going through a divorce.

Helen and Brad

Dan

Brian is a consummate professional. He handled my recent divorce with the utmost compassion and creative thinking.

Dan

Heidi

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 really care about everything we agreed to, always making sure that we weren’t rushing it just to get it done. Mediation is the way to go if you have to divorce.

Heidi

Cathy Belmonte Newman

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 believes in family harmony first and foremost. He conducts his business in an ethical fashion and he is the first person to tell a client if he can not add value to their process. Those are important traits in a divorce professional because we see great clients either at their worst or in their worst situation. They need people who can be honest and trustworthy at this very vulnerable stage of their lives.

Cathy Belmonte Newman
C.D.F.A.

David

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

Marty

Brian was a pleasure to deal with in such an already difficult position. Thank you much for your time and effort.

Marty

Diana Lopez

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

Melanie

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 about them. Instead, he listened to us and helped us structure a plan that benefited them. It has been 6 months since we finished mediation and our parenting agreement is working great

Melanie

Jennifer

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

Jenny Evers

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 should know.

Jenny Evers
Country Insurance & Financial Services

Stacey

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 quietly aside until he was needed rather than interjecting with suggestions or opinions right away, providing us with tools for future negotiations between us. I would highly recommend Brian James for his services.

Stacey

Debra Sineni

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 spouses.

I know that when I refer Brian to my clients for their divorcing needs, they will appreciate his expertise in keeping both spouses focused on the end result. His very experienced and professional counseling technique will provide dignity to any divorcing couple.

My reputation and credibility is everything to me, so when I refer my clients to Brian I know I can feel very confident with the level of service and divorce counseling they will receive on every level.

Debra Sineni
Benchmark Mortgage Corp.

Cindy

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 “successful” due to working with Brian.

Cindy

Brenda

Brian was very comprehensive and non-judgmental. He maintained his integrity in difficult situations, is compassionate and stayed on task.

Brenda

David Kerpel

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