WHO I AM
I am Elizabeth Rose and I have been a practicing mediator since 1999.
First I was an attorney. I chose to enroll in Law School right after having established a career in retail, followed by marriage and the birth of two of my three children. I enrolled in New England School of Law's special part-time program, designed specifically for students with young children to allow them to create an academic schedule that complimented and respected their responsibilities at home. It was a perfect fit for me. My third child was born at the end of my second year. I took a semester off to care for her yet still graduated - Cum Laude - 5-1/2 years after I began. I sat and passed the Massachusetts Bar that same year.
My first job out of law school was with a wonderful attorney in Massachusetts. He had a general practice as a sole practitioner and, though I have great admiration for him, I learned very quickly two important things: I have a major issue with attorney fees and I feel that "adversarial lawyering" fails people.
I left his practice soon after this self-discovery and gave my time through the Woman's Bar Foundation in Massachusetts, representing abused women through the divorce process. This work gave me my first taste of divorce work along with the importance of mediation as most of the husbands in my cases did not have legal representation of their own. Though I could not advise them, I did have the legal obligation to explain the process to them and this interaction, limited though it was, often became a mediation. I worked within these, often extremely volatile, relationships to achieve an outcome that protected my client emotionally, physically and financially while reaching a fair agreement with their spouse.
At the same time, I was involved in the New England theater and independent film community, acting in local film and theatrical productions and commercials. As I integrated into this environment my peers began to seek me out to help them set up the legal structures for their creative endeavors. While the norm was for each person in a collaboration to retain their own counsel, I began to sit with the creative team as a whole and mediate a contract or structure an LLC that honored their artistic relationship rather than immediately putting them on opposing sides.
My work with the Woman's Bar Foundation and with the film community confirmed for me that what helps people the most also fulfills me the most: bringing people together to create structures that will support them emotionally and legally.
Though I continued to renew my legal license in Massachusetts, my focus was predominantly mediation as I continued to help hundreds of couples end their marriage with grace and kindness and fairness and value.
My husband and I moved from Massachusetts to California six years ago and my mediation practice moved with me.
I look forward to the opportunity to work with you and help you navigate the many paths of divorce. My strength lies in being able to narrow the gap between opposing views. I am committed to helping you balance the emotional, financial and legal implications that exist during this critical time in your lives when you find yourself faced with difficult decisions that have long-lasting and far-reaching ramifications for yourselves and your family.
Working with my clients allows me to reference my life as a mother, as a wife, as a lawyer and as I mediator. I identify with the complexities of people's lives and I use my skills to create an authentic, current and cost effective way to manage disputes. I am proud of my work. I believe I make a difference.