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Ellie K. Vilendrer is a skilled negotiator, mediator, AV-Preeminent rated corporate attorney by Martindale-Hubbell, and "Top Attorney" rated 10/10 by Avvo. A thought leader in negotiation strategy, her webinars have drawn national audiences, including as an invited speaker for American Law Institute CLE, and her articles have been published in leading national publications including Corporate Counsel. 

 Ms. Vilendrer is a Qualified Neutral under Rule 114, Minnesota General Rules of Practice. As a mediator, she draws from many years of experience as a successful business litigator and trial lawyer. Representing both plaintiffs and defendants, Ms. Vilendrer has helped her clients obtain and save millions of dollars through negotiated settlements and court verdicts. Some of her successes include obtaining a jury verdict and grant of punitive damages by unanimous decision of an 11- member jury representing a plaintiff in a breach of contract and fraud case; and obtaining summary dismissal of her defendant client in a complex multi-million dollar class-action lawsuit alleging breach of fiduciary duties.

 Ms. Vilendrer's litigation experience gives her a unique perspective in advising her clients on business liability issues and drafting contracts to minimize risk. Ms. Vilendrer attended BYU and UCLA Schools of Law . She earned a B.S. in Business Administration with an emphasis in Corporate Finance and a B.A. in French from University of Southern California.

Ms. Vilendrer was invited by the Minnesota State Bar Association to serve as a planning committee member for the 2015 Closely Held Business Conference. She has also served as a bar exam essay grader for the Minnesota Board of Law Examiners.


Languages spoken: French, Persian

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Vilendrer Law, PC

5929 Baker Road, Suite 430
Minnetonka, MN, 55345

Vilendrer Law, PC

9350 Wilshire Blvd., Ste 203
Beverly Hills, CA, 90212


Practice areas


  1. Contracts: 30%
  2. Lawsuits & Disputes: 30%
  3. Business: 30%
  4. Mediation: 5%
  5. Trademark Application: 5%

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  • David Hani Bazargan

    Ellei is one of most smartest while caring attorney in her field. I know her for almost 20 years. In the field of Business law, contracts, dispute resolution and negotiation, I surely admire and endorse her .


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  • Randall L. Rowberry

    Ellie is a fantastic, very principled person and it really shows in her work and the way she interacts with those for whom she is advocating. A knowledgable, tireless attorney that I endorse wholeheartedly without reservation.


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Avvo contributions
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
SoCal Super Lawyers Rising StarSuperLawyers2016
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Client's ChoiceAvvo2015
Top AttorneyAvvo2014
Top ContributorAvvo2013
Client's ChoiceAvvo2012
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Minnesota State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
California State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Hennepin County Bar FoundationMemberN/A
Orange County Bar AssociationPast MemberN/A
USC Alumni AssociationMemberN/A
UCLA Alumni AssociationMemberN/A
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Brigham Young University J. Reuben Clark Alumni AssociationAlumniN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
Linkedin PulseEssential Provisions in Employee Handbooks2015
Linkedin PulseAn Introduction to Securities Law2015
Linkedin PulseRegistering an Assumed Name2015
Linkedin PulseStarting a Business in Minnesota, Choosing a Form to Maximize Value2015
Linkedin PulseThe Most Important Lesson I Learned as a Litigator2015
Linkedin PulseMaking Ethical Decisions: Why Businesses Should Avoid Taking Short Cuts2015
Linkedin PulseThree Best Strategies to Prevent Conflict at Your Holiday Gathering2015
Linkedin PulseYear-End Business Checklist2015
Linkedin PulseBoard Governance Best Practices2015
Linkedin PulseWhat Every Entreprenuer Should Know About Contracts for Sales of Goods2015
Linkedin PulseFour Surprising Strategies to Optimize Business Outcomes2015
Linkedin PulseAn Introduction to Business Taxes2015
Linkedin PulseThe Basics of Business Insurance: Protecting Your Business from Liability, Loss, and Litigation2015
Linkedin PulseThe Five Main Causes of Conflict and How Mediation Can Resolve Them2015
Linkedin PulseDistinctions Between California Entities and Implications of Choice2015
Linkedin PulseIntroducing Minnesota's New Public Benefit Corporation2015
Linkedin PulseIncrease the Value of Your Business by Protecting Your Trade Secrets2015
Linkedin PulseA Primer on Copyright Law2015
Linkedin PulseProtecting Your Brand: What CEOs Need to Know About Trademark Law2015
Linkedin PulseDistinguishing Between an Employee and an Independent Contractor2015
Linkedin PulseNon-Compete and Non-Solicitation Agreements2015
LawSpirit.comHow to Win a Negotiation2014
Corporate Counsel MagazineHow to Win a Negotiation2013
The Legal IntelligencerHow to Win a Negotiation2013
Texas LawyerHow to Win a Negotiation2013
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Harvard University Law SchoolN/AAdvanced Negotiation Master Class2015
Brigham Young University - J. Reuben Clark Law SchoolN/AJD - Juris Doctor2007
University of Southern CaliforniaN/AOther - Bachelors2004
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
American Law Institute, CLEBecome a Better Negotiator in 60 Minutes2015
Commercial Law Web Advisor, CLENegotiating by Persuasion: The Art and Ethics of Deal Making2014
Business Law Series: Advancing and Protecting Your BusinessNegotiating by Persuasion: The Art of Deal Making2014
Minnesota Society for Healthcare Risk Management Spring SeminarMock Trial2011
L.A. FlashWhat Every Software Developer Should Know Before Entering into a Contract2010
360|Flex San JoseWhat Every Software Developer Should Know Before Entering into a Contract2010
Orange County Multimedia AssociationWhat Every Multimedia Professional Should Know Before Entering into a Contract2009
O.C. FlexWhat Every Software Developer Should Know Before Entering into a Contract2009