Carl Rossi

Office from home; contact for address
Chicago, Illinois 60647
United States
Office Phone: 773-442-2751
Member since 2004
Membership Type: IACP


Lawyer, Mental Health Professional

I am completely committed to Law as a healing profession. I understand that there may be a small number of occasions when fundamental principles of justice call for resolutions that only a third party - like a judge - can make. But for the vast majority of discussions or even disputes between people, open dialogue and collaboration is the only avenue that can result in a lasting, productive resolution.

Area(s) of Practice: Collaborative Law, Mediation, Counseling, Coaching, Trainer
License(s): Attorney (licensed in both NY and IL) ~Licensed Professional Counselor (IL) ~National Certified Counselor -Board Certified Coach

Professional Activities

Board Member, IACP, 2002-2004 ~Board Member, Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois, 2002-2006 ~Training Chair, CLII, 2006-2007 ~President, International Alliance of Holistic Lawyers, 2008-2010 Founder, Executive Director, Collaborative Practice Professionals of Illinois, 2010 to present

Undergraduate Education

Fordham University, Bronx, NY, B.S., 1975

Postgraduate Education

University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN, M.A., 1977
Fordham University School of Law, New York, NY, J.D., 1984

Professional Education

Family and Divorce Mediation Certification, DePaul University , 2002


Since 1999 my entire professional (and much of my personal) life has been devoted to the practice, development and promotion of Collaborative Law / Collaborative Practice. In 2000 I created, and still maintain, 'CollabLaw' which is a listServe communications vehicle on which Collaborative professionals throughout the world share ideas, questions and insights. I have taken and given several trainings in Collaborative Practice. I work as either the legal or the mental health professional (lawyer or 'coach') in various cases.
Training Offered

I offer mostly intermediate/advanced trainings in -
Communication skills, Working as a Team, Growing in the Paradigm Shift, and Practice Organization formation and development.

Training Conducted

I've been part of the team in several Basic Trainings.
I've presented the Team working and communication skills at several locations.
I've presented several times at the IACP Forum

Collaborative Training Offered

2002 Advanced Collaborative Law Training John McElwee, CARL MICHAEL ROSSI, & Barbara Porzio
2008 Advanced Interdisciplinary Training in Communications Myra Walden & CARL MICHAEL ROSSI
2008 There is an 'I' in Team CARL MICHAEL ROSSI
2009 Introduction to Multidisciplinary Collaborative Practice Suzanne Brunsting, CARL MICHAEL ROSSI, Elizabeth Granoff, Donna Maier
2010 Collaborative Practice Fundamentals - A PreView, A ReView solo
2012 Collaborative Divorce-The Better Way! (Basic/Intermediate Training) with Donna Smalldon and Jeff Shushan
2012 'Growing into Practical Peacemaking' (Intermediate/Advanced) solo

Collaborative Training Reference

Linda Solomon, Dallas TX
Suzanne Brunsting, Rochester, NY
Gretchen Walther, NM
Malcolm McCollam, OK
Anna-Maria Pitella, NJ