Ellen M. Ross practiced family law for over 16 years before deciding to mediate. She found at times, that what her clients requested was not actually what they wanted, or it could be attained in a more efficient way. In short, Ellen offers creative solutions that satisfy clients while diffusing emotions on both sides of the table.
Ellen’s desire to mediate was born from the belief that, “If I could just talk to the opposing party, I could get them to see this problem in a different way that would facilitate resolution.” By encouraging more agreeable attitudes, she believes that the perception of fairness is more likely to result in satisfaction and adherence to the agreement. Finding alternative paths to optimizing each party’s objectives is where Ellen’s mediation services excel.
You do not have to have an attorney to mediate, but you need to understand that the mediator does not provide legal advice to either party even if the mediator is an attorney. An attorney can discuss issues with you, give you legal advice, evaluate offers and assist you in making counter offers. Mediators are not legal advisers, and cannot provide legal advice to any party involved in mediation.