Brigitte Schmidt Bell, P.C. is one of the only “fully Collaborative” law firms in the Chicago area. The firm was founded by Brigitte Bell, a nationally recognized pioneer in both Collaborative Law and mediation who is annually included in the Best Lawyers of America in Collaborative Family Law. While we specialize in family law and divorce, we also have expertise in elder law, adoption, and prenuptial and postnuptial agreements.
In traditional litigation, clients spend considerable time and money in a combative atmosphere, ultimately giving control over the outcome to a judge. Our Collaborative approach is, instead, a client-centered process that replaces combat with cooperation and judicial decisions with client self-determination. We encourage and support clients to work together to find creative solutions to the unique problems of their particular situation. Every day, we practice law this way, and we find that our clients are far more satisfied than those who face each other as enemies in the courthouse and afterward.
Each of our attorneys is a Fellow of the Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois, an experienced mediator, and a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals. In both our Collaborative Law and mediation practices, we pride ourselves in creating and supporting a non-adversarial, problem-solving approach that fosters respect and self-determination and results in long-lasting solutions allowing clients to leave the divorce arena prepared to move forward more confidently and optimistically into the next phase of their lives.