Professional Details

Rosemarie McElhaney
Senior MediatorSenior MediatorSenior Mediator

Collaborative and Mediation Offices

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155 N. Riverview Dr.
Anaheim Hills, CA 92808
(714) 289-9889
Fax: (714) 695-9553


Description of Practice

Rosemarie McElhaney has been a practicing attorney serving the Southern California area for over twenty years with offices in Anaheim Hills, Tustin & Irvine. With a doctorate in law, an undergraduate degree in Psychology and over 1500 hours of training in collaboration,mediation,facilitation, and communication skills, Rosemarie has limited her practice to collaborative divorce law and mediation where she facilitates settlements without court intervention. Her vision is to actively support the ideal of inclusive peaceful problem solving and capacity building universally through public education, lecture and training.

Professional Background

Rosemarie's experience includes earlier work as an Administrative Law Judge, Judge Pro Tempore, Adjunct Law School Instructor, Negotiator, Court Mediator, Trainer and Community Mediation Center Director. She co-founded Sonoma County Community Mediation Center, Redwood Empire Juvenile Victim Offender Mediation Program and Collaborative Divorce Solutions of Orange County. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Redwood Empire Mediation Center, Mariposa Women’s Center and Collaborative Divorce Solutions where she was also founding President Elect. She is currently co-chair of Training and the United Nations Partnership Initiative for Mediation Beyond Borders International and an MBBI delegate to the United Nations Climate Change Congress. Rosemarie also serves on the Board of Directors for the well noted Southern California Mediation Association.


1) 1997 - Present: Private practice in the area of family law including Collaborative Process, Cooperative Process and Mediation 2)Administrative Law Judge 3) Judge Pro Tempore 4) Contract Negotiator 5)Mediator/trainer/director of RECOURSE Community Mediation Center 6)Volunteer mediator/trainer for Sonoma County Probation Department Juvenile Victim Offender Program 7)Irvine Mediation Center 8) Sonoma County Municipal Court Mediator 9) Orange County Superior Court Mediator


Juris Doctorate BA Psychology and Spanish Credential: Education & Teaching


Dates    Trainer(s)    Title   
2009-2011    Forest Mosten    Monthly Mediation Study Group
2009    Forest Mosten    Advanced Mediation 40
1996    National Judicial College    Fair Hearing 60
1992-1996    Mastering Mediation, Divorce Mediation, Community Mediation, Mediation Process, Interest Based Negotiation, Basic Mediation, Juvenile Victim Offender Mediation, Mediation for the Real Estate Professional, Non-Violent Communication,Mediation & Collaborative Negotiation, Mediation Training for Trainers, Facilitation for Victim Offender Mediators,     Lemmon Institute, Gary Friedman, Conflict Resolution Research Institute, Colorado Dispute Resolution Center, Lemmon Mediation Institute, Sonoma County Probation Dept., Stott Monsma & Assoc. 313 hrs
    See Below for a 20 year   
    Chronology in Detail   


Interest based facilitation

Other Information

Rosemarie is passionate about the expanding collaborative movement. She consistently volunteers her time contributing to local, state and national organizations which promote collaborative solutions and participates annually in conferences, committees, lectures and advanced trainings. Her memberships include SCMA,, Association for Conflict Resolution, Mediators Without Borders, World Jurist Association, International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, Collaborative Divorce Solutions of Orange County, Collaborative Practice California, State Bar Association, and Orange County Bar Association. Current Committee Participation: State Bar Association ADR/CDR Subcommittee on Family Law Legislation Delegate to Collaborative Practice California CP-Cal Business Development CDS Training and Education Past Committee Work: IACP: Co Chair Membership CDS: Chair Membership CDS: Program Director CDS: By Laws Sonoma County Legal Services: Co drafted Mediation Rules of Court Past & Present Volunteer Services: Irvine Community Mediation Center: Mediator Orange County Superior Court: Judge Pro Tempore Orange County Superior Court: Mediator/Application Pending Redwood Empire Community Mediation Center: Trainer, Facilitator, Mediator Recourse Juvenile Victim Offender Mediation Program: Trainer, Mediator Sonoma County School Mediation Pilot Program: Trainer Sonoma County Municipal Court: Mediator

Areas of Practice

  • Adult Family
  • Community
  • Divorce (all issues)
  • Divorce (parenting)
  • Family
  • Marital Mediation

Professional Services

  • Mediator
  • Conflict Coach
  • Mediating Lawyer
  • Arbitrator
  • Collaborative Professional
  • Facilitator
  • Online Arbitrator
  • Custody Evaluator
  • Mediator-Arbitrator
  • Mediation Consultant
  • Mediation Trainer
  • Representational Lawyer
  • Online Mediator

References available upon request.

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