Marjorie Jacobs, Certified Divorce Mediator, Founder, Alternative Strategies, Inc.

Meet Marjorie Jacobs, J.D., Certified Divorce Mediator and Founder, Alternative Strategies, Inc.

Marjorie Jacobs, J.D., Certified Divorce Mediator, Founder, Alternative Strategies, Inc.


I first met Marjorie several years ago at a local boutique where we were both shopping. We started talking and I learned she was a divorce mediator. Since I was newly divorced, we had a lot to talk about!

Over the years, I have attended events and have run into Marjorie several times. Turns out, we have lots of mutual friends.

I recently had coffee with Marjorie on her back patio on a beautiful, sunny morning. I thought the meeting was going to be about an hour, but it lasted over two. We got to talking and well, you know how that goes. I learned a lot about mediation and litigation, but it was so much more than that. It made me realize how experienced and knowledgeable Marjorie is in her field.  Marjorie got into the mediation business over 20 years ago, before mediation became so well known. I find her to be not only an authority in the mediation field, but also very very dedicated to her clients and the outcomes they get in their divorces.


Marjorie’s Bio:

Marjorie Jacobs is a certified mediator for the Center for Conflict Resolution (CCR) in their volunteer mediation program as well as an appointed mediator for the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois and Lake County, Illinois. She has taken multiple mediation training courses through both the Center for Conflict Resolution and the Mediation Training and Consultation Institute. Marjorie is a member of The Mediation Council of Illinois and the both the Chicago Bar Association and the Illinois Bar Association.

Marjorie is a graduate of Washington University School of Law and Washington University School of Medicine’s Health Administration Program. She received her B.A. from Sophie Newcomb College of Tulane University. Her legal experience includes a corporate health care practice at Katten Muchin and Zavis (Chicago) and Altheimer & Gray (Chicago).

Marjorie also served as Assistant General Counsel and subsequently Director of Strategic Development for the American Hospital Association (AHA). While at the AHA she directed a national task force comprised of ADR experts in health care. Marjorie is the co-author of Managing Conflict In Health Care Organizations and has spoken to numerous audiences on the virtues of developing internal ADR programs.Marjorie serves as a member of the Tulane University School of Liberal Arts Director’s Advisory Council Board.

Memberships and Affiliations:

• The Lilac Tree
• 19th Judicial Circuit Court Family Mediation Program
• Lake County Bar Association
• Mediation Council of Illinois
• North Shore Law (NSLAW)
• Approved Mediator for Lake and Cook Counties
• Certified by the Center for Conflict Resolution (CCR)

If you want to learn more about Marjorie and her team, visit her website.



We are so grateful for your help, guidance and support.L. & G.

Your approach and patience certainly helped achieve a good outcome for us!D.T.

I can’t thank you enough for everything you have done for our family. This would have never happened w/o you … I know this was a difficult case and not easy to deal with either of us at times. You were the calming influence we both needed. I will send everyone whose taking divorce your way. You are a great mediator and an even better person.A.S.

The case would not have gotten to prove up and resolution without you.Family Law Attorney

Regarding Lake County Volunteer Mediation: You were stealth, your movements in and out of the courtroom were almost undetectable, but your impact was significant! –Lake County Judge


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