Lola C. Ellwein, Esq.

I've litigated real estate and business disputes for more than 30 years.  I've represented buyers, sellers, real estate agents and brokers, investors, developers, title companies, title officers, escrow companies, escrow officers, home inspectors, roofers, contractors, residential and commercial property owners, and others.  

In my experience, resolving disputes through mediation results in far greater client satisfaction than litigation ever brings.

As both an attorney representing clients and as a mediator, I have successfully mediated disputes in many different areas of the law, including boundaries/easements; residential purchase transactions; commercial buy/sell agreements; commercial leases; contracts; corporate disputes; fraud; land use; neighbor disputes; options and lease options; partnership disputes, etc.

As a mediator, I most often mediate real estate cases, business disputes, and trust and estate disputes. 

I'm a firm believer that mediation relieves much of the stress and anxiety that clients experience in litigation, and results in tremendous cost and fee savings to all participants.

When I’m not working, I’m usually playing with my dog, Dakota, a willful French bulldog with a definite sense of humor.My office mates kindly indulge the two of us. Dakota comes to work with me every day and has become the office mascot.

I also enjoy hanging out with friends and family, cooking, baking, gardening, reading, and movies – not necessarily in that order.

I met my husband, Jerry, at our 20th high school reunion. It turns out that we grew up just a few blocks away from each other, and went to the same high school but didn’t know each other back then. After the reunion, he tracked me down and asked me out. We’ve been together ever since. It took me nearly 40 years but I found the man of my dreams, and he was right in my own back yard – so to speak.

All in all, life is good. I am grateful that I am able to do the work I love to do, and live in the Napa valley – a great place filled with great people.