Contact Us Today at:

(303) 500-5116

Find Solutions Through Mediation.

A direct, practical approach to mediation.

Find Solutions Through Mediation.

A direct, practical approach to mediation.


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.

Years of Family Law Expertise.

Ellen’s mediation practice is rooted in her extensive experience as a family law attorney.


Mediation is an informal process where a neutral and knowledgeable third party, the mediator, uses conflict resolution to assist parties in reaching a mutually acceptable agreement. The parties meet with the mediator, express their point of view, and are guided by the mediator to identify issues and develop options for resolving the issues to reach a resolution.
Typically, the parties may start in the same room for the initial introduction but are placed in separate rooms for purposes of negotiation. The mediator will go back and forth to each party’s room in an attempt to help the parties reach a compromise. If the parties agree and the mediator believes it would be beneficial, the parties can mediate in the same room.

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.

Yes, the mediator may draft the agreement, if you request it. The agreement is called a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). It will only be binding if it is signed by both parties. It then can be filed with the Court and will become an order of the Court. The MOU is an exception to the confidentiality of mediation.
You will go to Court and a judicial officer will resolve your issue with a Court order. Studies have shown that parties are more likely to follow an agreement that they reach in mediation than a Court order.

The best resolution is one where you are an active participant.