Mediation is an effective and efficient means of resolving disputes. We use a hybrid facilitative/evaluative model to mediate. We mediate business and civil disputes.

Ellie Vilendrer is a Qualified Neutral under Rule 114, Minnesota General Rules of Practice. Rule 114 provides that alternative dispute resolution (ADR) must be considered for nearly all civil cases filed in district court. The ADR Review Board, appointed by the Supreme Court, approves individuals and organizations who are qualified under Rule 114 to act as neutrals in court-referred cases.

Our extensive background in business and civil litigation and experience in transactional business matters makes us well suited to mediate business and civil disputes.  We help parties communicate their view points in a safe and respectful environment.  Whatever the source or sources of conflict, we work hard to facilitate agreement that all parties will appreciate and be able to uphold.

We are committed to providing our clients with a valuable mediation experience. We understand the nuances and complexities which underlie disputes and it is our passion and desire to help you resolve yours.

Because mediation should be a cost-effective, expedient, and productive way to resolve a dispute, we offer competitive fixed rates to encourage participation in this process.

Full-Day Mediation: $1,200

As an alternative to our hourly rate, as appropriate, we charge a flat fee of $1,200 for up to one full day of mediation, including pre-mediation and mediation preparation.  The cost is split evenly by the parties (ex., $600 per party for two parties, or $400 per party for three parties, etc.) We provide a mediation location, or we can travel to a more convenient location if desired. There is no additional charge for local travel.

Pro Bono/Reduced Rate Mediation: 

We offer reduced rate mediation services for qualifying individuals.


We provide mediation services for businesses and individuals throughout Minnesota and the Twin Cities including Apple Valley, Bloomington, Burnsville, Chanhassen, Chaska, Eden Prairie, Edina, Hopkins, Minneapolis, Minnetonka, New Hope,  Plymouth, Shakopee, St. Louis Park, St. Paul, and Wayzata.

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Discourage litigation.  Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can.  Point out to them how the nominal winner is often a real loser — in fees, expenses, and waste of time. As a peacemaker the lawyer has a superior opportunity of being a good man.  There will still be business enough.
– Notes for a Law Lecture, Abraham Lincoln, 1850

My joy was boundless.  I had learnt the true practice of law.  I had learnt to find out the better side of human nature and to enter men’s hearts.  I realized that the true function of a lawyer was to unite parties riven asunder.  The lesson was so indelibly burnt into me that a large part of my time during the twenty years of my practice as a lawyer was occupied in bringing about private compromises of hundreds of cases.  I lost nothing thereby — not even money, certainly not my soul.
– An Autobiography: The Story of My Experiments, Mohandas K. Gandhi, 1957