Mediator and Attorney in Arlington, Virginia
Ellice Halpern launched Little Falls Mediation in early 2015 so that she could help families who approached her to mediate issues related to separation and divorce in addition to court-referred cases where a judge would assign her a caseload. To date, she has mediated over 600 private and court-referred cases.
See Arlington Magazine's January/February 2018 Best Mediator interview with Ellice for the Best of Arlington issue at www.arlingtonmagazine.com/listings/best-of-arlington-2018/little-falls-mediation/.
Ellice presented "Managing Emotions in Mediation" at the Virginia Mediation Network Fall 2017 conference at the University of Richmond School of Law, as well as a talk on "Mediation and Negotiation" to the Leadership Arlington Class of 2017 at the Virginia Tech Research Center in Arlington with her colleague Renee Reynolds. Ellice and Renee are also Adjunct Professors of Law at the George Mason Antonin Scalia School of Law; they have been co-teaching since 2017. They teach an Alternative Dispute Resolution class in the fall that includes exploration of negotiation, mediation, arbitration, and collaborative law, as well as a Mediation class in the spring.
Ellice Halpern is a graduate of Cornell University and Georgetown University Law Center and is licensed to practice law in the state of Maryland. She completed her general mediator training with Northern Virginia Mediation Service and was certified by the Supreme Court of Virginia as a mediator in 2010. She is a member of the U.S. Supreme Court Bar, the Maryland State Bar Association, the Academy of Professional Family Mediators, the Virginia Mediation Network, and Arlington Women Entrepreneurs.
Ellice has been mediating court referred community cases in the Small Claims Division of Multi-Door Dispute Resolution at D.C. Superior Court since the beginning of 2011. She has mediated numerous cases involving a variety of disputes, such as disagreements between family members, neighbors, landlords and tenants, employees and employers, and contractors and homeowners. She has also mediated civil, banking, accident, and personal injury matters, among other cases.
In 2014, Ellice completed family mediation skills training through Northern Virginia Mediation Service and became involved in mediating divorce and family cases and cases involving post-divorce issues. She is certified by the Supreme Court of Virginia as a family mediator. She has been mediating court referred family cases in the Family Mediation Program at Multi-Door Dispute Resolution in Washington, D.C since 2015.
She has been mediating cases involving requests for temporary restraining orders in the Judge-in-Chambers Program at Multi-Door since 2016. Ellice participates in continuing mediator education and training each year as required by the Supreme Court of Virginia and Multi-Door Dispute Resolution.
Ellice has served as Director of Outreach for Pause, Parent, Play, a coalition that educates parents regarding the content of television, music, movies, and video games. She has also worked (1) as a consultant to a coalition of for-profit HMOs, (2) as Washington Counsel to the American Medical Association, (3) as Minority Counsel to the late U.S. Senator Ted Stevens (R-AK) on the Federal Services, Post Office, and Civil Service Subcommittee of the Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs, and (4) as an attorney and special assistant at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.