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Associate MediatorThis mediator has at least 40 hours of mediation training, has mediated at least 10 cases for at least 40 hours, agrees to take part in at least 12 hours per year of continuing mediation education, and subscribes to's required standards of mediation practice..Premium Member

Ellie Vilendrer

Ellie Vilendrer is AV-rated and a Southern California Super Lawyer in ADR.  She is an active arbitrator and an experienced litigator and mediator of commercial and employment disputes. She resolves conflict efficiently, effectively, and equitably so parties can move from an emotionally and financially damaging situation to a place where they can thrive once again.

Ellie has extensive experience serving healthcare, software, and technology companies, ranging from start-up to publicly traded, in roles including general counsel, intellectual property counsel, and privacy counsel. She is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US) and is co-author of the privacy law chapter in the Representing the Ongoing Business Deskbook, 3rd Edition (2019, Minnesota CLE).

Ellie is Co-Chair of the Early Dispute Resolution Committee of the American Bar Association’s Dispute Resolution Section (2020-2023); and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, a global honorary society of attorneys, judges, law faculty, and legal scholars.

Her family’s award-winning short film promoting peace, Nurturing the Seeds of Peace, was broadcasted at the United Nations in New York on November 6, 2019, and was also an Official Selection featured at the International Peace & Film Festival in January 2020. Her family’s short film on human rights, Justice for All, was broadcasted at the United Nations on December 15, 2020, in celebration of the UN’s 75th anniversary.

ADR Experience

Ellie Vilendrer has 10+ years of ADR experience. She believes the end goal for disputants shouldn’t just be to resolve their disputes, but to make decisions that lead to optimal outcomes. She helps parties think creatively, to expand the pie so every party can maximize settlement value.


Ms. Vilendrer uses a hybrid evaluative/facilitative model to mediate. She is committed to providing parties with a valuable mediation experience in which participants can communicate their view points in a safe and respectful environment. She understands the nuances and complexities which underpin disputes and has a genuine desire to help parties not only reach a lasting agreement, but also improve relationships.


J.D. from Brigham Young University 2007; attended UCLA School of Law as a visiting student from 2006-2007

B.S. in Business Administration, Emphasis in Corporate Finance from University of Southern California, 2004

Certified Information Privacy Professional/US

B.A. in French from USC, 2004

Certificate – Advanced Negotiation Masterclass from Harvard, 2015

Certificate – Power & Influence from Carlson School of Management, 2021

Areas Of Practice

  • Accidents
  • ADA
  • Business
  • Civil (general)
  • Civil Rights (discrimination)
  • Commercial
  • Contracts
  • Copyright
  • Cross Cultural
  • Education
  • EEOC
  • Employment
  • Engineering
  • Entertainment
  • Estate Planning
  • Health Care
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • International
  • Labor - Management
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Neighbor to Neighbor
  • Online Mediation
  • Organizational
  • Partnership
  • Personal Injury
  • Products Liability
  • Securities
  • Sexual Harrassment
  • Small Claims
  • Sports
  • Technology
  • Trademark
  • Workplace

Additional Services

  • Arbitrator
  • Collaborative Professional
  • Conflict Coach
  • Facilitator
  • Fact-Finder
  • Mediating Lawyer
  • Mediation Consultant
  • Mediation Trainer
  • Online Arbitrator

Fees and Provisos

Contact Nikki Safavi at (949) 620-2929 for fee information.

Liability Insurance

  • Yes

ADR Training

  • CIArb, A Guide to Arbitration Award Winning (2023)
  • ABA Advanced Mediation Skills Institute (2022)
  • ABA Dispute Resolution Spring Conference (2022)
  • FINRA Arbitrator training (2021)
  • ABA Arbitration Institute (2021)
  • ABA Dispute Resolution Spring Conference (2021)
  • Community Mediation and Restorative Services 30-hour mediation training (2013)

Professional Associations

  • ABA DR - ABA Section of DR

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