Judge Michele Lowrance (Ret.) is a leader in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) as a professional mediator at Jams, as well as a nationally recognized author, thought-leader and speaker on family law issues and ADR.
She has more than 40 years of experience in the field, serving as a Domestic Relations Judge in the Circuit Court of Cook County for 19 years and practicing as an divorce attorney for 20 years prior to taking the bench.
Judge Lowrance is a nationally acclaimed author of The New Love Deal, The Good Karma Divorce, and Parental Alienation 911 as well as a contributor to The Huffington Post. She was a featured mediator on MSNBC’s Series Chained to My Ex and has also appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America, NBC’s Today Show, CBS’s Morning Show, Court TV, EXTRA, Curb Your Enthusiasm Panel and American Justice on A&E with Bill Kurtis among many others. She also co-wrote and is featured in Focus on Children, a film that is required viewing in Cook County on any parenting cases where there is conflict.
She has been named the Top Divorce and Family Law Mediator in Illinois by Leading Lawyers Magazine in 2015 and has also been the 2015 award recipient of the prestigious Samuel S. Berger Award, which recognizes attorneys and judges who exemplify the highest standards of integrity, courtesy and knowledge of family law and have an extraordinary ability to solve complex and often challenging problems.
Extremely results oriented, Judge Lowrance brings her finely honed problem-solving skills to all of her cases, and has developed a specialty in creating individualized solutions and diffusing and resolving a full range conflict situations. Her approach to the process encompasses the emotional and financial aspects of that arise for separating and divorcing couples as well as post-divorce and separation mediation. She recognizes that a successful separation or divorce signals a changed relationship, not just a severed connection. She meets with all parties considering mediation in order to tailor the best way to use the mediation process for both members of a couple’s needs and sensitivities.
Judge Lowrance is a child of divorce who was raised by her grandparents, and is also divorced. She has devoted her professional life to helping those similarly situated.
Judge Lowrance has taken her Mediation Certification and Training at both Harvard Law School (2011) and De Paul College of Law (2010). She has also completed Harvard’s Program on Negotiation and Interdisciplinary Collaborative Training at the Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois (2013).
- Judge, Domestic Relations Division, Cook County Circuit Court, Chicago, Illinois, 1995-2013
- Certified Mediator, Program on Negotiation, Harvard Law School, 2013
- Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois, Interdisciplinary Collaborative Training, 2013
- Certified Mediator, DePaul University College of Law
- Family Law Attorney, Law Office of Michelle F. Lowrance, 1975-1995
- J.D., DePaul University College of Law, 1975
- B.A., Sociology, Roosevelt University, Chicago, Illinois, 1970