Maren Cardillo Elbaum, JD

Maren Cardillo Elbaum, Legal Director, has been practicing as an attorney-mediator for twenty years and dedicates her entire practice to navigating families through challenging transitions with integrity and compassion. She also provides related legal services for her own clients and those of other mediators, including drafting separation agreements, processing uncontested divorce packets, drafting pre- and post-nuptial agreements, and preparing deeds.

Maren also drafts and processes qualified domestic relations orders (QDROs) for her own clients, as well as for other attorneys and mediators. She has extensive experience with preparing and filing QDROs for participants in the most common plans, including the New York State Pension and Local Retirement System, the New York State Teachers’ Retirement System, the NYC Teachers’ Retirement System, TIAA-CREF, the Electrical Industry, the NYC Police and Fire Pension Fund and other defined contribution plans, among many others private industry plans.

Maren received years of hands-on training in family law and mediation by a seasoned matrimonial attorney and a mental health professional, both past presidents of the New York State Council on Divorce Mediation. After many years under their tutelage, she received formal training in divorce mediation at the Ackerman Institute for the Family in New York City.

Maren holds a B.A. in history from Northwestern University. She is an active member of the Northwestern Alumni Admissions Council and enjoys giving back to her alma mater by interviewing prospective students. Maren received her law degree from Fordham University School of Law, where she was a member of the Corporate and Financial Law Journal and participated in the Conflict Resolution and Alternative Dispute Resolution Program.

Maren regularly pursues advanced training and course work in family law and mediation and is currently an active member of numerous professional organizations, including the New York State Bar Association.

Maren was named to the “New York Metro Super Lawyers Rising Star” list in the area of family law for 2014 and was featured in the Long Island Business News in May, 2015. She is an Accredited Member of the New York State Council on Divorce Mediation and currently serves on the Council’s Annual Conference Planning Committee. In addition, Maren is proud to have been elected to serve on the Board of Directors of the New York State Council on Divorce Mediation.

Education: Northwestern University, B.A.; Fordham University School of Law, J.D.

Maren Cardillo was featured in the Long Island Business News in May, 2015.

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