“Thank you all for the help and support you gave during my divorce. I am sure every case is unique, but we really had some [tough] things come up and the creative solutions that we worked out seem to have stood the test of time, now 3 years later.”

—CN, Divorce Client

Rita Ghose

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Rita Ghose, J.D.
Collaborative Attorney and Mediator

Rita Ghose is an Attorney, Collaborative Lawyer and a Mediator who, since the beginning of her career in 2002, has focused her practice of law on helping families handle their complicated disputes in a non-adversarial manner. Her wealth of experience, including a social work background and a specialized certificate in child and family law, allows her to approach each legal issue from various angles and to explore creative and non-traditional solutions.

Rita’s passion for helping individuals resolve their family law issues developed during her undergraduate years at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. During that time she worked as an intern at the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) and then as a case assistant for the Catholic Social Services (CSS) Foster Care Agency. Rita brought her social work background with her to law school at Loyola University School of Law in Chicago were she matriculated in the certificate program for Child and Family Law through the nationally renowned Civitas Child and Family Law Center. Rita’s clients benefit from her caring and thoughtful practice and her deep interest and scholarship in human relations and emotions that allow her to analyze each legal question with compassion and explore options for non-traditional, personalized solutions.

After graduating from law school, Rita began as a litigator at a family law firm. She then worked at a company that contracted with Fortune 500 companies to provide legal services as part of their employee assistance programs, where she counseled employees about legal matters, including family issues. Finally in 2004, Rita found her way to Brigitte Schmidt Bell, P.C. where she has dedicated her career to resolving cases through the Collaborative Process and mediation. She also accepts litigation cases, but always with the primary goal to first try to resolve the disputed matters amicably in order to prevent clients from spending undue resources on protracted litigation. She has developed a specialty in helping families create unique solutions to their issues involving pre and post nuptial agreements, divorces, custody matters, post-decree matters, child support, spousal support and maintenance, guardianship, and other family-related matters. She understands that just like families are never tailored from the same cloth, neither should solutions to their problems.

Rita trained as a mediator at the Center for Conflict Resolution and as a Collaborative Attorney at the Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois (CLII). She is a Collaborative Law Fellow, and served as the Chair of the CLII Membership Committee from 2009 to 2012 and as a Board Member since 2012, increasing the number of quality professionals practicing collaboratively.

Professional Experience

2004 – present
Brigitte Schmidt Bell, P.C., Evanston and Chicago, Illinois
Attorney and Mediator

2003 – 2004
Com Psych, Chicago, Illinois
Staff Attorney

2002 – 2002
Kubiesa, Spiroff, Gosslear, Acker & Kern, Elmhurst, Illinois
Attorney

2000 – 2001
Chicago Lawyer’s Committee, Children’s Health and Education Project, Chicago, Illinois
Extern

2000 – 2001
French, Kezelis & Kominiarek, P.C., Chicago, Illinois
Law Clerk

2000 – 2001
Klein, Thorpe & Jenkins, Ltd., Chicago, Illinois
Law Clerk

1999 – 1999
Catholic Social Services, Champaign, Illinois
Case Assistant

1998 – 1998
Department of Children and Family Services, Urbana, Illinois
Child Welfare Specialist, Intern

Outreach

2013
Collaborative Mediation Training
Trainer – “40 Hour Mediation Training for Collaborative Practitioners”

2012 – present
Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Reunion 2012 Committee Member; 2013 Dean’s Diversity Council

2012
IACP Networking and Educational Forum for Collaborative Practitioners
Presenter – “OOPS! Catching and Addressing Professional Missteps in the Collaborative Meeting”

2012
American Bar Association Annual Meeting – Section for Dispute Resolution
Presenter – “What Happens in Collaborative Stays in Collaborative: Thinking Differently About Zealous Representation”

2012
Levy Senior Center
Presenter – “When Families Do Not Agree: Helping Families reach Decisions in Times of Crisis: The Role of Mediation/Facilitation”

2011
Circuit Court of Cook County Mandatory Arbitration & Mediation
Presenter – “Collaborative Practice: Another Process for Consensual Dispute Resolution”

2011
National Alliance for Working Family Caregivers
Presenter – “Tough Conversations: Peaceful Resolutions with Family Members and Family Conflict”

2009 – 2012
Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois
Membership Committee Chair

2005 – 2006
Apna Ghar
South Asian – Senior House of Peace Committee Member

Recognition

2000
CALI Award Recipient
1996-1999
Deans List

Professional Memberships

Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois
Fellow 2006 – present; Membership Committee Member 2007 – present; Membership Committee Chair 2009 – 2012; Board of Directors 2012- present

International Association of Collaborative Practitioners
Member

Mediation Council of Illinois
Member

Illinois State Bar Association
Member

Chicago Bar Association
Member

Indian-American Bar Association
MemberMentor 2012-present

Center for Conflict Resolution
Volunteer Mediator 2006

Education

2002
Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Juris Doctor

1999
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Bachelors of Arts

Training

2013
Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois Advanced Training
“Working Effectively as a Collaborative Advocate”, Sherri Goren Slovin

2013
Mediation Council of Illinois
“Current Issues in Mediation”

2012
Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois Advanced Training
“Breakthrough! Getting Clients to Choose Collaborative Law”, Neil Denney

2012
IICLE
“Business Valuations, Financial and Tax Issues in Divorce”

2011
Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois Advanced Training
“Rewire Your Brain to Speak Your Mind/Neuroscience Insights for Conflict Managements,” Anastasia Pryanikova

2010
Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois Advanced Training
“Uncovering the Mysteries of the Coaching and Child Specialist Roles: The ‘What’, the ‘How’ and the ‘When’,” Peggy Thompson

2010
IICLE
“Business Valuations, Financial and Tax Issues in Divorce”

2009
Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois Advanced Training
“The Art of Giving and Receiving Feedback,” Brigitte Bell and Margie Powers

2009
Circuit Court of Cook County, Domestic Relations Division
“How to Deal with Individuals with Personality Disorders in a High Conflict Situation,” Bill Eddy

2009
Chicago Bar Association
“Nuts and Bolts of QDRO’s”

2009
Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois Advanced Training
“Refining the Collaborative Process through Skill Building,” Zena Zumeta

2007
Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois Advanced Training
“The Value of the Team in the Collaborative Process,” Linda Solomon

2007
Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois Advanced Training
“Taking the War Out of Our Words,” Sharon Ellison

2005
Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois
Basic Interdisciplinary Collaborative Skills Training

2006
Center for Conflict Resolution
Mediation Training