Mediator's Profile

Marjorie Jacobs

Business Name: Alternative Strategies, Inc.

Marjorie Jacobs is the founder of Alternative Strategies, Inc, a boutique practice specializing in all aspects of divorce mediation she created in 2001. Marjorie, a former corporate healthcare attorney whose work included developing alternative dispute resolution programs for hospitals and healthcare organizations, now specializes in all aspects of alternative divorce options, including but not limited to, pre-decree, post-decree, pre-nuptial and post-nuptial, child support, parenting time and responsibilities, maintenance/alimony, division of assets, college contributions and relocation.

Marjorie has conducted over 2,500 mediation sessions and is a respected mediator who combines her interpersonal skills with her knowledge of family law and financial acumen, allowing parties to achieve a lasting resolution. She prides herself on her ability to adapt to the specific needs of the individuals and their personal, emotional and financial situations.

Given her significant experience, she is able to work with challenging dynamics and is able to modify her mediation style to accommodate varying personalities and perceived imbalances of power between the parties. With this, she provides realistic options as they determine their future path.

Marjorie is a certified mediator for the Center for Conflict Resolution (CCR) in their volunteer mediation program, and is an appointed mediator for the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois and Lake County, Illinois.  Marjorie is a member of The Mediation Council of Illinois and the both the American Bar Association and the Illinois Bar Association.


  • Washington University in St. Louis School of Law, J.D./M.H.A., Law and Healthcare Administration, 1986

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)
  • The American Bar Association (ABA)

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