President, Alternative Resolutions, LLC. Ms. Kandell has over 30 years of diverse legal experience in private and public sector law practice. She is the owner and president of Alternative Resolutions, LLC and is dedicated to serving as a full time neutral. Her company provides dispute resolution services, large group facilitation and training. Ms. Kandell is one of eight Maryland mediators invited to be featured on a statewide demonstration tape of good mediation practice. For ten years, Ms. Kandell served as an adjunct associate professor at the University of Maryland University College and Catholic University of America, where she developed the curriculum and taught Negotiation and Conflict Management. She has mediated nearly 1000 cases and served as an arbitrator in over 400 interstate commercial cases. Ms. Kandell passed a voluntary performance based certification in Maryland in 2001. She is on the roster of numerous Maryland Circuit Courts, federal agencies and third party dispute resolution contractors. She is a frequent presenter at business and professional conferences and speaks throughout the United States. She is a well known mediation and conflict management trainer who has worked with diverse audiences ranging from state highway workers to appellate and circuit court judges. Finally, Ms. Kandell is a leader in the dispute resolution field in Maryland, having served as President of the Maryland Council for Dispute Resolution for two years, its Certification Committee chair and as co-chair of the ADR section of the Montgomery County Bar Association.
In April 2016 Ellen F Kandell, Esq. was one of 70 international dispute resolution professionals that was selected by the International Bar Association to participate as an assessor in the 2016 Mediation and Negotiation competition in Vienna, Austria.
Before opening her firm in 1999, she served as attorney advisor for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for nine years where she developed an interest and passion for ADR and helped manage the ADR program. Prior to EPA, she held several positions. She was an associate working on business and environmental compliance matters and served as chief assistant city solicitor in the environmental division for the Philadelphia Law Department. She was with a general civil practice in Philadelphia, where she specialized in complex litigation, estate and trust and general corporate practice. Finally, her first job after graduating from Temple University Law School was Legal Counsel for the Senate of Pennsylvania where she authored a law review article about ground-breaking legislation which became law.