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Ellen Coogan, Mediator, Burlington, Vermont.

Ellen Coogan

Heilmann, Ekman, Cooley & Gagnon, Inc.
231 South Union Street, P.O. Box 216
Burlington, VT 05402
Tel: (802) 864-4555
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Recognized to Vermont Chapter for Mediation Other ADR Services: Early Neutral Evaluation, Fact Finding, Med-Arb
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  • Practice Commenced2006
  • # of MEDS (as of 20/6/24)400
  • # of ARBS (as of 20/6/24) 
Current Practice
Online / In-Person


After graduating with honors from law school in 1982, Ms. Coogan started her career as a trial lawyer in New Hampshire and in Vermont.  She has tried many civil and criminal cases, including felonies, to verdict.

Ms. Coogan has focused her work on mediation since 2006, when she established a conflict resolution practice in Burlington, Vermont. In addition to conducting mediations, Ms. Coogan also taught conflict management skills as an Adjunct Professor at Champlain College.  In 2016, Ms. Coogan began her affiliation with Heilmann, Ekman, Cooley & Gagnon, where she continues her busy mediation practice in addition to assisting in the defense of professional liability claims. Ms. Coogan also performs Title IX and workplace investigations, and conducts independent reviews of public school responses to harassment claims.

Ms. Coogan has mediated hundreds of matters, including, among others, matters in litigation, divorces, probate guardianships, mortgage foreclosures, disputes between higher education students and administrators, civil rights complaints, and employer-employee disputes. She is a past co-chair of the ADR section of the Vermont Bar Association and a  current member of the Vermont Association of Family Mediators.


Case Experience

  • ADA Disability
  • Appellate
  • Bankruptcy/Creditors
  • Civil Rights
  • Commercial/Business
  • Condominiums
  • Consumer Fraud
  • Contract Disputes
  • Cross Cultural
  • Debt Collections
  • Discrimination
  • Divorce (High Asset)
  • Education
  • Employment
  • Family Businesses
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Mortgage Foreclosure
  • Personal Injury
  • Sexual Harassment


  • Undergraduate degree from Ithaca College
  • Graduated cum laude from Vermont Law School in 1982
  • Mediation Certification Program at Woodbury College
  • Mediation Workshop at the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Admitted to Vermont Bar
  • Admitted to New Hampshire Bar
  • Vermont Department of Education Special Education Mediator
  • Vermont Human Rights Commission and Department of Education Indepentent Reviewer

Rates Information

$250 per hour

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