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Amy L. Gertler, Esq.


Amy L. Gertler, Esq., is a senior mediator who has concentrated in family law throughout her 33-year legal career. As a long-time practicing matrimonial attorney, she has cultivated a deep understanding of the complex issues presented in family law mediations, including the classification, valuation, and division of assets in high net worth estates. Ms. Gertler is also well known for her excellent work as a Guardian ad Litem and Child Representative in high-conflict family matters involving complex mental health and other issues. Her approach to family mediation is informed by her belief that the individuals most impacted by a family problem should resolve it and control the outcome. Regarded among her colleagues and clients as ethical, empathetic, forthright and collaborative, she delivers an innovative and highly personal approach to dispute resolution in family matters.

Types of Cases Resolved

  • Child Support
  • College Expense Allocations
  • Custody/Allocation of Parental Responsibility
  • Family Business
  • Family Law
  • Guardianship
  • Maintenance
  • Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements
  • Property Distribution
  • Removal/Relocation
  • Valuation of Assets
  • Visitation/Parenting Time

ADR Experience and Qualifications

  • Ms. Gertler joined ADR Systems as a full-time mediator in 2019. She is the founder of Mediate North Shore PC, where she serves as a mediator
  • 33-year legal career, including founder of Mediate North Shore PC, 2016-present; partner Grund & Leavitt PC, 2009-2016; partner Nadler, Pritkin & Mirabelli, 2005-2009; partner Chausow Shafer & Gertler PC; 1994-2005; partner 1992-1994, Gertler & Gertler PC; 1992-1994; associate, Grund, Marcus, NcNnish, Knabe & Nadler; 1992-1994; assistant corporation counsel, City of Chicago, 1986-1988
  • Divorce Mediation Skills Certificate, Northwestern University
  • NAMI Training
  • Collaborative Law Institute Fellow Training
  • Collaborative Legal Practice Institute Advanced Training
  • Certification to represent minor children in Cook County Circuit Court
  • Mediation Training & Consultation Institute

Representative Cases

  • Allocation of Parenting Time: emergency injunction reversed where father supervised parenting time (status quo) was terminated after release from incarceration, modifying court order
  • Child Representative and Allocation of Parenting Time: represented child with autism and residential placement issues; worked with parents to transition child to residential placement and mediated an agreement regarding parenting time
  • Child Representative: gifted seven-year-old child in high conflict case; advocated for unbundled decision-making prior to amendment of custody statute; court adopted recommendations
  • Child Representative and Allocation of Parenting Time: settled high conflict matter with parenting time, school refusal, communication and abuse issues; developed comprehensive therapeutic intervention for family including in-home interventions, reunification therapy and family therapy
  • Child Representative: represented children in high conflict divorce with gender identity, mental health, physical abuse and opioid abuse issues
  • Child Representative: represented autistic child in divorce with allegations of domestic violence; assisted court in arriving at a settlement based on the best interest of all the children in family
  • Child Representative: represented young children in matter where alcohol addiction was impediment to parenting; worked with family to promote safe parenting time through supervision and alcohol monitoring
  • Parenting Coordination: successfully mediated complex parenting issues including parochial education and parenting schedule
  • Prenuptial and Post-nuptial: complicated prenuptial agreement with dispute related to interpretation and implementation; mediated successfully
  • Prenuptial and Post-nuptial: mediated dispute regarding length of maintenance provided for in postnuptial agreement in lengthy marriage with couple considering reconciliation
  • Property: successfully mediated property issues in same-sex marriages
  • Property: mediated case involving co-owned marital business
  • Property: mediated many high net worth cases with issues regarding retirement, executive compensation and elderly spouses with chronic health problems
  • Property: mediated matter involving a long-term marriage where one spouse had substance abuse disorder, depression and physical illnesses

Professional Activities and Awards

  • Former Board Member, The Lilac Tree Center for Divorce Resources
  • Board Member, The Josselyn Center
  • Member, Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC)
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member, Lake County Bar Association
  • Member, National Association of Divorce Professionals
  • Former Adjunct Faculty, Loyola University Chicago School of Law

Presentations and Publications

  • Presenter, “Restorative Justice in High Conflict Divorces,” AFCC
  • Presenter, “Trauma and PTSD in Child Custody Disputes,” AFCC
  • Presenter, “Top Ten Tips for Taking Care of Your Children During Divorce,” Lilac Tree Center for Divorce Resources
  • Presenter, “Relationship Building with Your Child Client,” Lake County Bar Association (LCBA)
  • Presenter, “Guardian ad Litem on Trial Panel,” LCBA
  • Presenter, “Prenuptial Agreements,” LCBA


  • JD, John Marshall Law School
  • MA, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • BA, Tulane University


  • Illinois State Bar
  • US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

My mediation at ADR Systems proved to be extremely successful, thanks to the professionalism of our mediator.  Judge Kelley adeptly settled a very complex case involving serious injuries.  His patience, knowledge of the case, and considerate treatment of the parties involved all contributed to reaching a settlement that both sides found acceptable.  Kudos to Judge Kelley and ADR Systems for an experience I hope soon to repeat.

Thomas P Cernek, Esq.Law Offices of Thomas P. Cernek & Associates