AAM Illinois Chapter - Who We Are

The Illinois Chapter consists of both experienced and newer AAM mediators, presently centered in the Chicago metropolitan area. Our objectives are:

(1) to raise the quality of mediation by providing programs that enhance the skills of mediators by providing new tools and devices for achieving resolution; and

(2) to assist new and less experienced attorney-mediators to develop their practices as mediators through such approaches as networking, coaching, observation and co-mediation.

As attorney-mediators, we believe that mediation is most effective when mediators have the legal experience associated with the type of dispute is being mediated and the personal experience of representing clients in situations like those of the parties to the dispute. At the same time, we are convinced that when mediation is limited to the settlement conference model, the parties are deprived of the full range of options for reaching resolution of their dispute.

We strongly support the national AAM organization and are deeply indebted to AAM for mediation skills and organizational support they provide. As mediation is still beginning to become well-established in Illinois, non-members of AAM are welcome at our events and programs.

To join the AAM Illinois Chapter or for more information contact Bob Berliner at (312) 482-8100 (or e-mail rberliner@berlinergroup.com.)

 (The Illinois Chapter charges local chapter dues of $50.  You may pay these to the National Office with your annual dues or you may write a separate check to the AAM Illinois Chapter in the amount of $50. Please see the bottom of the Membership Application form for adding this additional fee.)

Illinois Chapter Member Directory 

(This directory shows members that have joined at the chapter level.)

You may apply for AAM membership at Join AAM.               

Officers and Directors 

President - Robert Berliner               
Vice President/Secretary - William Gotfryd
Vice President/Treasurer - Phil Glick
Past President -  Michael Leech

Additional members of the Executive Committee are:

Randy Rapp
James Reiman
Elizabeth Simon

Upcoming Events

The Illinois Chapter meets on a regular basis to discuss topics of interest to both  experienced and less-experienced mediators.   We normally meet monthly on a Tuesday at noon, a little less regularly during the summer.  Most of our meetings include CLE credit.

For additional information contact Bob Berliner at


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