​I received a B.A. from Duke University in 2002 with a major in Public Policy Studies and a minor in Psychology. I graduated from DePaul University College of Law in 2006 with my JD and certificate in Family Law. In 2016 I obtained a Certificate in Mediation Training from Northwestern University School of Professional Studies.

I spent 2 years as an Associate Attorney at Torshen, Slobig, & Axel, Ltd., a commercial litigation firm in Chicago. My responsibilities at Torshen included representing clients in court appearances and providing litigation support for appellate briefs and oral arguments before the Illinois Appellate Court.

My academic background in public policy and legislation brought me to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) in 2008. In my 3 years as a State Policy Analyst for the AVMA, I provided legislative analysis for state veterinary medical associations to assure compliance with state and federal laws and regulations. In that role, I also served as a liaison between the national organization and state veterinary medical associations.  

A career in mediation is a natural progression from my educational and professional background. My professional roles taught me to recognize individual interests and find common ground between individuals. As a mediator, I hope to help people resolve their personal and professional disputes.

My mediation practice focuses on family law, small business disputes, and educational institutions. I mediate pre-and post divorce decree issues, joint parenting agreements, visitation schedules and property division. I can help small businesses resolve conflicts arising from contract disputes, employee disputes, and management disputes. I am eager to assist students, teachers, professors and administrators in educational institutions effectively communicate and resolve conflicts without resorting to litigation.

I am looking forward to working with you!

Ilana M. Forbes