Ms. Ellen Kandell is the President of Alternative Resolutions, LLC. She is passionate about transforming conflict into a positive force for growth and change and has received accolades for her ability to bring diverse groups together to find common ground. After years as a lawyer both defending and prosecuting cases, she now focuses her efforts on settling and preventing disputes using non-confrontational methods. Her comprehensive mediation and facilitation experience is built upon a solid foundation of over 30 years of litigation and public policy work in the public and private sectors. In addition, she designed and managed alternative dispute resolution programs for the federal government. This diverse background has enabled her to understand her clients’ issues and help them confront challenges and find solutions suited to their organizational culture.

Ms. Kandell trained as a mediator at Harvard Law School in 1992, has mediated nearly 1000 cases and has arbitrated over 400 cases. She is a certified professional mediator and one of eight Maryland mediators to be featured in a state sponsored mediation demonstration of effective practice video.

For 10 years she served as an adjunct professor at the Catholic University of America’s graduate human resources program and at University of Maryland University College where she taught conflict management and negotiation.

Ms. Kandell is a noted expert and sought after speaker on conflict resolution and negotiation throughout the United States.

Neutral Panels

  • American Health Lawyers Association – Mediation and Arbitration Panels
  • District of Columbia Superior Court and Maryland Circuit Courts
  • Financial Industry Regulatory Authority(FINRA)-Mediation and Arbitration Panels
  • Morris Udall Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution
  • National Arbitration Forum
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – Consensus & Dispute Resolution
  • U.S. Postal Service Redress Program – Blue Ribbon Panel

Education, Training & Certifications

  • JD, Temple University School of Law
  • BS, University of Maryland
  • Mediation 40-hour Workshop, Harvard University Law School
  • Over 250 hours of training in advanced mediation and facilitation training
  • Mediator certification-Maryland Council for Dispute Resolution –performance based
  • International Mediation Institute Certification – 2014

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Member of Maryland, Pennsylvania (inactive), and New Jersey (inactive) Bars
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Maryland Council for Dispute Resolution– President, 2011-2012, Certification Chair 2016-2017
  • Mid-Atlantic Facilitator’s Network
  • Conflict Resolution Center of Montgomery County – founding Advisory Board Member
  • Better Business Bureau