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I have successfully litigated, mediated, and settled hundreds of matters. I'm a firm believer that mediation relieves much of the anxiety clients experience in litigation, and results in tremendous cost and fee savings to all participants.        


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  1. Mediation: 50%
  2. Litigation: 30%
    29 years
  3. Business: 10%
  4. Real Estate: 10%


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1205 Randolph St
Napa, CA, 94559


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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney MediatorCalifornia Association of Realtors Center For Consumers2014 - 2015
Owner / MediatorNapa Mediation Center2013 - 2013
Owner / AttorneyRamos & Ellwein1995 - 1998
Owner / AttorneyAuerbach, Ellwein, Goldman & Ramos1994 - 1995
Pro-tem JudgeAlameda County Municipal Court1993 - 1993
Association namePosition nameDuration
Napa County Bar AssociationChairperson, ADR Section2014 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember, Litigation Section ADR Subcommittee2014 - Present
Richard M. Sangster American Inn of CourtPresident2005 - 2006
Napa County Bar AssociationAttorney Member1994 - Present
Napa County Women Lawyers AssociationAttorney member1994 - Present
Alameda County Bar Association, Real Estate SectionChair1993 - 1994
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Salahutdin v. Valley of California, Inc.Ms. Ellwein's clients prevailed at trial and on appeal.
Lawrence v. BrownMs. Ellwein's client prevailed at jury trial
Hopkins v. CarelliMs. Ellwein's clients prevailed at trial.
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California, Hastings College of the LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1985
San Francisco State UniversitySociologyundergraduate1982