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Faculty and Administration Profiles

Teresa F. Frisbie

Title/s:  Distinguished Professor in Residence and Director, Dispute Resolution Program

Office #:  Corboy 1028

Phone: 312.915.7855

Email: tfrisbie@luc.edu

CV Link: Frisbie CV


Teresa Frisbie is a Distinguished Professor in Residence and the Director of the Dispute Resolution Program at Loyola University Chicago School of Law. She has been involved in alternative dispute resolution for more than two decades. Named the 2018 Mediator of the Year by the Association for Conflict Resolution, Chicago, and both a Top Ten Women ADR Neutral and a Leading Lawyer in the categories of ADR international, ADR employment and ADR commercial litigation by her peers through Illinois Leading Lawyers, she has mediated and arbitrated hundreds of disputes ranging from business and real estate conflicts to estate and employment cases. She also facilitates workplace conflict and communication issues.

Ms. Frisbie is a member of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, a mediator in the Chicago Bar Association and Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois Law, Probate and Chancery Division mediation programs, and a mediator and arbitrator for ADR Systems of America, LLC. She served ten years as a mediator for the Center for Conflict Resolution as well as many years as an arbitrator for the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois.

She was named a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London, in 1997, is Vice President – U.S.A of the International Academy of Dispute Resolution and served as executive director and a panel member for the Chicago International Dispute Resolution Association. She is a member of the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution, the Association for Conflict Resolution, and has been involved with many other dispute resolution organizations over the years.

Ms. Frisbie also writes and presents regularly on dispute resolution and was a columnist for the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. She has trained law students, lawyers, judges, business professionals, realtors, physicians and nurses in negotiation, mediation, mediation advocacy, conflict management and/or international arbitration in the United States and internationally. She also teaches mediation advocacy and coaches Loyola’s successful international mediation team.

Ms. Frisbie began her career at Foran & Schultz, where she was a partner, and was of counsel at Davis McGrath, LLC and DeGrand & Wolfe P.C.


BA, University of Illinois, 1983
JD, Loyola University Chicago School of Law, 1986

Program Areas

Dispute Resolution

Courses Taught

Mediation Advocacy
Dispute Resolution Skills Teams (Coach of INADR Mediation Team)
Mindfulness and Well-Being: Care and Feeding of the Lawyer Brain

Selected Publications

Selected Presentations

Presenter, Mindfulness at the Mediation Table, International Visitor Leadership Program, U.S. Department of State, Mediation in the United States, A Project for Georgia (April, 2023) 

Presenter, Microbes at the Mediation Table: How might food choices and the gut-brain connection impact dispute resolution? Will Work for Food mediation webinar. (March 2023)

Presenter, Empowering Women in Mediation through Affect Labeling and Emotions Work, Women in Mediation, University of Bologna and the International Academy of Dispute Resolution, Bologna, Italy (March 2023)

Presenter, Conflict Management and Mindfulness, Conflict Management LLM Mediation Program for Ukrainian judges and attorneys, Mykolas Romeris University, Lithuania (virtual) (September 2022)

Presenter, Mindfulness and Self-Distancing in Negotiation, Advanced Negotiation,  Executive Women’s MBA Program, Brenau University (March 2022)

Conference Organizer and Presenter, Mediation, Mindfulness and Cooler Conversations About Climate Change, International Academy of Dispute Resolution World Mediation Congress (June 2021)

Presenter, Mindfulness and Self-Distancing in Negotiation, Advanced Negotiation,  Executive Women’s MBA Program, Brenau University (March 2021)

Co-Presenter (with Mark Mayer), Challenges to Confidentiality in Online Mediations: Practical Considerations and Agreements, Association for Conflict Resolution (February 2021)

Panelist (with Jeff Kichaven and Tyler Codina), What? My Online Mediation May Not Be Confidential? ABA 2020 Dispute Resolution Tech Expo, Live Webinar (September 2020)

Moderator and Panelist (with Deborah Malizia and Jessica Jamieson), How Mediation Skills Training Can Help Law Student Mental Health (relationship to mindfulness), ABA Section of Dispute Resolution, Live Webinar (April 2020)

Presenter, Increasing Emotional Intelligence at the Mediation Table, International Academy of Dispute Resolution Mediation Tournament Training, Chicago (March 2020)

Presenter, Association of Attorney Mediators, Mindfulness at the Mediation Table --- Managing Emotion for Improved Decision-Making, Chicago (November 2019)

Co-Presenter (with Joseph Duncan and Giulio Zanolla), Resolution Strategies, Claims Litigation Management Alliance, Litigation Management Institute, Chicago (October 2019)


Selected Publications 

Raising Emotional Intelligence at The Mediation Table

Lengthy ABA study suggests better way to conduct mediation

Can online videoconferencing tools help the mediation process?

Dealing with unsavory attorneys: Be patient, let them sink themselves

Soft skills still irreplaceable even as law goes high-tech

Conflict coaching a useful dispute resolution process for clients

Learning peacemaking skills from Syrian refugees in Greece

Why mindfulness practice can make lawyers better at conflict resolution

A modern, worldwide dispute resolution system inspired by Islam

How women can assert themselves without triggering backlash

Don’t let advocacy in mediation be as futile as a political conversation

What we can learn from the medical profession about increasing EQ

In Mediation, Let Your Creative Spark Light up the Process

Awareness of Conflict Styles Goes Long Way in Preventing Trouble

Mediation no time to let boys be boys: Mind your brain’s chemistry in mediation

Decision-making in negotiations and handling the reaction to unfairness

Decision-making in negotiating settlements and anchoring effect

Decision-making in negotiating settlements: the overconfidence bias

Knowing what clients want from ADR processes helps them — and you

Fac ebook’s dispute resolution tool helpful, but needs work

Correcting the neutral selection gender bias

Restorative justice is expanding in Illinois, but more can still be done

Assessing feedback helps manage conflict

Finding inspiration in the rule of law

Understanding values important in cross-cultural negotiations, mediation

How to make the most of written mediation submissions

Client involvement is key in estate mediation

Meaningful conferences prevent 'arbigation' in commercial cases

How to mediate disputes involving the elderly

What your client needs to know about mediation confidentiality

A few thoughts on gender in the practice of mediation

Communicating beats litigating


Additional law teaching experience


Summer of 2022. Taught International Cross-Cultural Negotiation and Communication Skills in Loyola summer program.


February 2003.Trainer, Mediation Skills Workshop, Croatia Bar Association, Zagreb, Split and Rijeka, Croatia


Summer, 2019. Lead Trainer, III International Summer School of Communication, Negotiation and Mediation, Bulgarian Professional Association of Mediators, Pomorie, Bulgaria