Ellie K. Vilendrer

Arbitrator, Mediator, ADR SuperLawyer

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.

Commercial Litigation & Trials

  • Represented Dubai-based distribution companies in multi-million dollar international commercial dispute filed at London Court of International Arbitration.
  • Represented Plaintiff in lawsuit for breach of contract, breach of oral guarantee, and fraud; obtained unanimous verdict by 11-member jury in client’s favor on all counts, and entitlement to costs and punitive damages.
  • Represented employee against employer in litigation over unpaid wages resulting in multi-million dollar recovery.
  • Represented ten charging parties in administrative charges against their former employer for religious, racial, and gender discrimination and retaliation.
  • Obtained summary dismissal of defendant client in a complex multi-million dollar class-action lawsuit alleging breach of fiduciary duties.
  • Represented insured in lawsuit against insurance company; obtained payment of $1 million for medical bills.
  • Obtained court-ordered removal of Personal Representative of estate, on behalf of beneficiaries, for fraud and estate theft, which led to subsequent criminal conviction and order to pay restitution of over $400,000.
  • Successfully represented minority interest holder in LLC dispute with other members of medical device company.
  • Successfully represented Malaysia-based app development company in international licensing dispute.
  • Advised Lebanon-based distributor of medical products in international breach of contract dispute.
  • Represented majority interest holder of gaming company in dispute over intellectual property ownership; negotiated dismissal of claims.
  • Negotiated amicable dissolution and buy-out of business consulting partnership.
  • Represented member in LLC dispute; Negotiated amicable buyout of member’s interest.
  • Represented employer in dispute for unpaid wages, resulting in employee dropping claims.
  • Successfully represented shareholder in contested sale of equipment company.
  • Successfully negotiated settlement payment for disability discrimination claims.


Juris Doctor, Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School (2007)

UCLA School of Law visiting student

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Concentration in Corporate Finance, University of Southern California (2004)

Bachelor of Arts in French, University of Southern California (2004)

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin
  • Minnesota
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • California


  • Qualified Neutral, Rule 114 Minnesota General Rules of Practice


  • Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States (CIPP/US), International Association of Privacy Professionals (2020 – Present)
  • Carlson School of Management Executive Education, Certificate, Power & Influence (2021)
  • Certificate, Advanced Negotiation Master Class (Executive Education at Program on Negotiation, Harvard Law School (2015)


  • CIArb, A Guide to Arbitration Award Winning (2023)
  • ABA Advanced Mediation Skills Institute (2022)
  • ABA Dispute Resolution Spring Conference (2022)
  • ABA Arbitration Institute (2021)
  • FINRA Arbitrator training (2021)
  • ABA Dispute Resolution Spring Conference (2021)
  • Orange County Superior Court Judicial Training (2020)
  • Dale Carnegie 16-hour course on High-Impact Presentations (2022)
  • Community Mediation and Restorative Services 35-hour mediation training (2013)

Professional working proficiency in Persian and French


  • Moderator, Mediation Week’s Panel Discussion, American Bar Association’s Dispute Resolution Section
  • Interviewee, Resolutions, American Bar Association’s Dispute Resolution Podcast
  • Interviewee, How to Apologize and Why Apologies Matter, Scott Levin Chief Peacekeeper video channel
  • Presenter, Effective Apologies (Early Dispute Resolution Committee of the American Bar Association’s Dispute Resolution Section, December 1, 2020)
  • Invited Panelist, Achieving Gender Parity in Tech (OC Tech Happy Hour, March 19, 2019)
  • Produced 1-hour CLE webinar entitled Winning Negotiation Strategies for the Professional Deal-Maker (2017)
  • Invited Guest Lecturer, Advising the Start-up Entrepreneur (Corporate Institute at University of Minnesota School of Law, November 1, 2017)
  • Invited TV Talk Show Guest, Entrepreneurship & Corporate Law (Law Talk, July 18, 2017)
  • Invited International Radio Show Guest, Entrepreneurship, Corporate Law, & Dispute Resolution (Johnny Mandolin Show, June 5, 2017)
  • Invited National Presenter, Essential Negotiation Strategies to Optimize Outcomes (Clear Law Institute, February 14, 2017)
  • Invited National Presenter, Become a Better Negotiator in 60 Minutes (American Law Institute, November 16, 2015)
  • National Presenter, Negotiating by Persuasion: The Art of Deal Making (Legal Expert Series: Advancing and Protecting Your Business, October 15, 2014)
  • Invited National Presenter, Negotiating by Persuasion: The Art and Ethics of Deal Making (Commercial Law Web Advisor, April 8, 2014)
  • Written Materials, Allina Medical Staff Leader Training (September 12, 2012)
  • Invited Presenter, Mock Trial: Minnesota Society for Healthcare Risk Management Spring Seminar (June 3, 2011)
  • Invited National Presenter, What Every Software Developer Should Know Before Entering Into a Contract: 360 Flex (March 8, 2010)
  • Presenter, What Every Software Developer Should Know Before Entering Into a Contract: Los Angeles Flash (January 20, 2010)
  • Presenter, What Every Software Developer Should Know Before Entering Into a Contract: Orange County Flex (December 3, 2009)
  • Presenter, What Every Multimedia Professional Should Know Before Entering Into a Contract: Orange County Multimedia Association (November 17, 2009)

Published Works

  • How to Negotiate Effectively: Avvo (2009)
  • How to Win a Negotiation: Corporate Counsel (June 19, 2013)
  • How to Win a Negotiation: The Legal Intelligencer (June 26, 2013)
  • How to Win a Negotiation: ACQ Magazine (June 23, 2013)
  • How to Win a Negotiation: Texas Lawyer (June 20, 2013)
  • How to Win a Negotiation: LawSpirit.com (June 2013)
  • A Year in Review, Appellate Court Allows Claims for Breach of the Implied Covenant of Good Faith and Breach of Contract Based on the Same Conduct: Bassford Bulletin, Insurance Coverage (January 28, 2013)
  • Essential Provisions in Employee Handbooks: Linkedin Pulse (February 23, 2015)
  • Non-Compete and Non-Solicitation Agreements: Linkedin Pulse (February 23, 2015)
  • Distinguishing Between an Employee and an Independent Contractor: Linkedin Pulse (February 23, 2015)
  • Protecting Your Brand: What CEOs Need to Know About Trademark Law: Linkedin Pulse (February 23, 2015)
  • A Primer on Copyright Law: Linkedin Pulse (February 23, 2015)
  • Increase the Value of Your Business by Protecting Your Trade Secrets: Linkedin Pulse (February 23, 2015)
  • Introducing Minnesota’s New Public Benefit Corporation: Linkedin Pulse (February 23, 2015)
  • Distinctions Between California Entities and Implications of Choice: Linkedin Pulse (February 23, 2015)
  • The Five Main Causes of Conflict and How Mediation Can Resolve Them: Linkedin Pulse (February 23, 2015)
  • An Introduction to Securities Law: Linkedin Pulse (February 23, 2015)
  • Registering an Assumed Name: Linkedin Pulse (February 23, 2015)
  • Starting a Business in Minnesota, Choosing a Form to Maximize Value: Linkedin Pulse (February 23, 2015)
  • An Introduction to Business Taxes: Linkedin Pulse (March 13, 2015)
  • The Basics of Business Insurance: Protecting Your Business from Liability, Loss, and Litigation: Linkedin Pulse (March 13, 2015)
  • Four Surprising Strategies to Optimize Business Outcomes: Linkedin Pulse (March 18, 2015)
  • What Every Entrepreneur Should Know About Contracts for Sales of Goods: Linkedin Pulse (July 16, 2015)
  • Board Governance Best Practices: Linkedin Pulse (July 29, 2015)
  • Making Ethical Decisions: Why Businesses Should Avoid Taking Short Cuts: Linkedin Pulse (October 12, 2015)
  • Year-End Business Checklist: Linkedin Pulse (December 15, 2015)
  • The Three Best Strategies to Prevent Conflict at Your Holiday Gathering: Linkedin Pulse (December 18, 2015)
  • The Most Important Lesson I Learned as a Litigator: Linkedin Pulse (December 21, 2015)
  • Minnesota Revised Uniform Limited Liability Company Act Makes Significant Changes to Minnesota LLC Law: Linkedin Pulse (October 24, 2017)
  • Co-Author of Privacy Law Primer (chapter in Representing the Ongoing Business Deskbook, 3rd Edition): Minnestoa CLE (2019)
  • Lawsuits Against Website Owners Over Disability Discrimination Skyrocket: Linkedin Pulse (April 5, 2019)
  • Nurturing Business Relationships in the Covid19 Era: Linkedin Pulse (April 2020)
  • Mediation, a Superior Dispute Resolution Mechanism: Linkedin Pulse (April 2020)
  • International Commercial Mediation: Linkedin Pulse (April 2020)
  • The Model Standards of Conduct for Mediators: Linkedin Pulse (April 2020)
  • Mediator Diversity: Vilendrer Law, PC (April 2020)
  • The Importance of Mediation Skills: Vilendrer Law, PC (April 2020)


  • Selected to the 2023 Southern California Super Lawyers list, an honor reserved for those lawyers who exhibit excellence in practice
  • AV Preeminent® rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell   (2015-Present)
  • Up-And-Coming 25 (top-ranked among the Southern California Rising Stars), Super Lawyers (2021)
  • Who’s Who in America; Marquis Who’s Who (2021)
  • Award-winning short film; Peace in the Streets Global Film Festival (2020)
  • Award-winning short film; Peace in the Streets Global Film Festival (2019) and International Peace & Film Festival Official Selection (2020)
  • Top Rated Litigators, Legal Leaders (2020, 2021)
  • Top Attorney, The Top 100 Magazine (2020)
  • Women in Law Award – Labor & Employment, Lawyer Monthly Magazine (2020)
  • Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Star (2016 – 2021)
  • Top Women Attorneys in Southern California, Los Angeles Magazine (2017, 2018, 2021)
  • Woman Leader in the Law, ALM (2018, 2019)
  • The West Coast’s Top Rated Lawyers, ALM (2018)
  • 35 and Under Young Entrepreneurs, Minnesota Business Magazine (2017)
  • Minnesota Cup High-Tech division Semifinalist (2016)
  • Southern California Up-And-Coming Woman Attorney, Los Angeles Magazine (2016)
  • Avvo: Top Attorney (2014, 2015)
  • Avvo: Client’s Choice (2012, 2015)
  • Avvo: Top Contributor (2013)

Professional Memberships

  • Co-Chair of Early Dispute Resolution Committee of American Bar Association’s Dispute Resolution Section
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals
  • California State Bar
  • Minnesota State Bar
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • USC Alumni Association
  • UCLA Alumni Association
  • J. Reuben Clark Law Society
  • BYU Alumni Association

Community/Pro Bono Activities

  • AYSO Head Coach for girls 10u (Division Champions) and 7u (Fall 2021)
  • Minnesota Department of Human Rights, mediator (2020 – Present)
  • Mediation And Restorative Services, mediator (2020 – Present)
  • Minority Women Lawyers Association, leader (2012 – Present)
  • EES School Site Council President (2019-2020)
  • Society for Judgment and Decision Making, poster judge (2016)
  • Minnesota Closely Held Business Conference, planning committee member (2015)
  • Minnesota Board of Law Examiners, bar exam essay grader (2014)
  • Community Mediation and Restorative Services, Inc., mediator (2013 – Present)
  • American Bar Association Law School Regional Negotiations Competition, judge (2013)
  • Tubman Family Alliance, Pro Bono Safety Project, attorney (2011-2013)
  • Volunteer Lawyers Network, Conciliation Court Clinic, attorney (2011-2013)
  • Orange County Bar Association/KOCE Call-a-Lawyer community event, attorney (2009)
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