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Rosemarie S. McElhaney

Anaheim Hills, California

Phone: (714) 289-9889
Fax: (714) 695-9553
Toll Free: (877) 351-3223

Rosemarie McElhaney has been a practicing attorney/mediator serving the Southern California area for over twenty years with offices in Anaheim Hills and Tustin. With an undergraduate degree in psychology, a doctorate in law and over fifteen hundred hours of training in mediation, collaboration, interest based negotiation, psychology, and communication skills, Rosemarie has limited her law practice primarily to mediation and collaborative divorce law where she facilitates settlements without court intervention.

Her experience includes work as an Administrative Law Judge, Judge Pro Tempore, Adjunct Law School Instructor, Negotiator, Court Mediator, Mediation Trainer, United Nations NGO delegate, Mediator and Mediation Program Director.  She co-founded the Redwood Empire Juvenile Victim Offender Mediation Program, the Juvenile Victim Offender Mediation Program of Sonoma County and Collaborative Divorce Solutions of Orange County.  She has served on the Board of Directors for the Redwood Empire Mediation Center, Mariposa Women’s Community Center and Collaborative Divorce Solutions of Orange County where she was also founding President Elect. She currently servers on the Board of Directors for the well noted Southern California Mediation Association. For six years she has served is a delegate to Collaborative Practice California where she has also participated as a presenter in annual conferences. Her most recent speaking engagements were for the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, the annual Orange County Mediation Conference, Collaborative Divorce Solutions of Orange County and the annual State conference of Collaborative Professionals California. She is actively involved in Mediation Beyond Borders International and has represented the organization as a mediator delegate to the United Nations Climate Change Conferences, in Mexico and Germeny.  

Rosemarie is zealous about mediation, the expanding collaborative movement and other consensual dispute resolution models.  She consistently volunteers her time contributing to local, state and national and international organizations which promote collaborative solutions and participates annually in conferences, committees, advanced trainings and annual presentations.  She recently returned from Cancun, Mexico where she attended the United Nations Climate Change Conference as part of a mediation delegation. 

Current Memberships include Southern California Mediation Association,, Association for Conflict Resolution, MBB, International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, Los Angeles Collaborative Family Law Association, Collaborative Divorce Solutions of Orange County, Collaborative Practice California, California State Bar Association, and Orange County Bar Association.


Areas of Practice

  • Family Law Specializing in Collaborative Divorce Models
  • Property Division
  • Liability Division
  • Child Custody
  • Visitation
  • Parenting Plans
  • Move-Aways
  • Child Support
  • Spousal Support
  • Temporary Agreements
  • Prenuptial Agreements
  • Post-Decree Modification

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1983
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California, 1983
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 1983
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 1983
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1983


  • Western State University College of Law, Fullerton, California
    Juris Docorate

  • California State University, Los Angeles, CA, USA
    Major: Psychology

  • California State University, Fullerton, CA, USA
    Major: Teaching Credential

Classes/Seminars Taught

  • Empire School of Law, Part-time Instructor
  • Southwestern Law School, Part-time Instructor
  • Recourse Community Center, Mediation Trainer
  • Redwood Empire Revorp Mediation Trainer
  • Presenter, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Sonoma County Bar Association
  • Victim Offender Mediation Training for Trainers

Honors and Awards

  • Sonoma County Bar Association Community Service Award

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Collaborative Divorce Solutions of Orange County
    Co-Founder and Founding President Elect

  • Collaborative Practice California
    Delegate to State of California Collaborative Convention

  • International Association of Collaborative Professionals

  • Orange County Bar Association

  • State Bar of California

Past Employment Positions

  • Administrative Law Judge
  • Negotiator

Pro Bono Activities

  • Judge Pro Tem
  • Board of Directors of Collaborative Divorce Solutions of Orange County
  • Board of Directors, Mariposa Womens Community Center
  • Office of the District Attorney of Monterey County, Family Support Division
  • Office of the Orange County Public Defender
  • Recourse Family Mediation Center
  • Revorp Juvenile Mediation Center, 1993 - 1995
  • Delegate to CP-Cal State Convention
  • Committee Service to International Association of Collaborative Professionals

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