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Ellen Fran Kandell

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About me

I am passionate about resolving conflict without the aggravation, time and expense of going to Court.  I serve only as a neutral which means I think as a neutral, not as an advocate. But I  am a tenacious advocate for the possibilities of settlement and self determination.  I have resolved hundreds of cases helping families, employees and teams understand the core issues and learn and grow from conflict, whether the context is the workplace, an elder or estate matter or a parenting and family issue.  Moreover, I'm one of eight Maryland mediators featured on a statewide demonstration video of good mediation practice.  Finally, when I'm not mediating you'll find me on the Anacostia RIver rowing.  


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Practice areas


  1. Employment & Labor: 40%
    20 years, 500 cases
  2. Mediation: 35%
    20 years, 425 cases
  3. Family: 15%
    12 years, 50 cases
  4. Elder Law: 10%
    20 years, 25 cases


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Alternative Resolutions, LLC

8603 Colesville Rd, Suite 1100
Silver Spring, MD, 20910



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Award nameGrantorDate granted
CerrtiicationInternational Mediation Institute2014
Bronze AwardUS EPA1995
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PresidentAlternative Resolutions, LLC1999 - Present
attorney-advisorUnited States Environmental Protection Agency1990 - 1999
Association namePosition nameDuration
Maryland Council for Dispute ResolutionPresident2011 - 2013
Montgomery County Bar AssociationADR section Co-chair2007 - 2010
Conflict Resolution Center of Montgomery CountyBoard Member2003 - 2007
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Mediation demonstration tapeN/A
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Publication nameTitleDate
MedscapePartner Conflicts: Fatal or Solvable?2015
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Temple University Law SchoolN/AJuris Doctor1982
University of Maryland, College ParkConsumer EconomicsBS - Bachelor of Science1976
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Practice Administrators meetingCollaboration @ Work: Turning Conflict into Consensus2011
Conference for Pre-tenure WomenNegotiation Skills2011