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Ellice Halpern


Mediation works to resolve disputes. Little Falls Mediation, located in Arlington, Virginia, offers face to face and online divorce and family mediation services. We also help to resolve disputes in community, workplace, non-profit, and business matters. Our mission is to provide a caring, empathetic environment where clients feel comfortable, safe, and empowered in discussing and resolving conflict.

As of March 16, 2020, we are offering online mediation services so that all clients can mediate from the comfort and safety of their homes. We encourage you to reach out if you would like to work together online.

Ellice Halpern is the founder of and principal mediator at Little Falls Mediation. Little Falls Mediation was voted Best Mediator 2020 and 2018 by the readers of Arlington Magazine. She was also voted Best of the Best for 2020, 2019, 2018, and 2016 by the readers of the Arlington Sun Gazette.

Ellice has evolved from working as a lawyer and lobbyist in Washington, D.C. to working as a fair, focused, competent, and experienced mediator in Northern Virginia. She has great success in helping parties with different types of conflicts find options and resolution. Her interpersonal skills enable her to assist parties to move from impasse to agreement while maintaining neutrality. Because of her exceptional legal education and mediator training and her warm, compassionate, calm, and non-judgmental professional manner, she is able to meet difficult challenges with excellent results in an often highly charged negotiating arena.

ADR Experience

Ellice is Adjunct Professor of Law at the George Mason University (GMU) Antonin Scalia Law School in Arlington, Virginia and has been teaching since 2017. She teaches an Alternative Dispute Resolution class in the fall that includes exploration of negotiation, mediation, arbitration, and collaborative law, as well as a Mediation class in the spring.

Ellice has mediated court referred community cases in the Small Claims Division of Multi-Door Dispute Resolution at D.C. Superior Court. She has mediated numerous cases involving a variety of disputes, such as disagreements between family members, neighbors, landlords and tenants, employees and employers, and contractors and homeowners. She has also mediated civil, banking, accident, and personal injury matters, among other cases.

She has mediated court referred family cases in the Family Mediation Program at Multi-Door Dispute Resolution in Washington, D.C. She has mediated cases involving requests for temporary restraining orders in the Judge-in-Chambers Program at Multi-Door as well.


Ellice is a graduate of Cornell University and Georgetown University Law Center and is licensed to practice law in the state of Maryland.

She completed her general mediator training and family mediator training with Northern Virginia Mediation Service and has been certified by the Supreme Court of Virginia as a mediator since 2010. Ellice participates in continuing mediator education and training each year as required by the Supreme Court of Virginia.

Areas Of Practice

  • Adoption
  • Adult Family
  • Bullying
  • Business
  • Civil (general)
  • Community
  • Congregational
  • Divorce (all issues)
  • Divorce (parenting)
  • Entertainment
  • Family
  • Marital Mediation
  • Neighbor to Neighbor
  • Online Family/Divorce
  • Online Mediation
  • Online Workplace
  • Parent-Teen
  • Partnership
  • Workplace

Additional Services

  • Mediating Lawyer
  • Mediation Consultant

Liability Insurance

  • Yes

Professional Associations

  • VMN - Virginia Mediation Network
  • APFM - Acad. of Professional Family Mediators