Rosadele Tracey Kauffman

Rosadele Tracey Kauffman

State College, Pennsylvania

Rose Kauffman is Of Counsel to the firm. As such, she primarily provides counsel and assistance to the other attorneys in the firm in the areas of family law, business planning, estate planning and estate administration/probate. She continues to provide counsel to clients on a limited basis in these areas.

Rose's practice has evolved exclusively to non-court alternatives in dispute resolution. This includes acting as a neutral mediator or conciliator, as well as representing clients in the Collaborative Law process. She attends frequent training in these resolution alternatives. Rose believes most clients are best served both emotionally and financially by resolving disputes out of court. Unfortunately, some situations cannot be resolved amicably. In the event litigation is necessary, Stephanie VanHorn and David Engle will fight zealously to protect our client's interest throughout the process.

Rose has been named by the National Association of Estate Planners and Councils as an Accredited Estate Planner (AEP). This designation recognizes estate planning professionals who meet stringent requirements of experience, knowledge, education, professional reputation and character. An AEP designee embraces a team concept of estate planning, which incorporates consultations with clients' financial planners and accountants as appropriate.

Areas of Practice

  • 40% Estate Planning
  • 30% Mediation
  • 20% Estate Administration/Probate
  • 10% Collaborative Law

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 1987
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania, 1990
  • Supreme Court of the United States of America, 1992


  • The Dickinson School of Law, Carlisle, Pennsylvania
    • J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence magna cum laude - 1987
    • Honors: Woolsack Society; Dickinson Law Review
    • Law Review: Dickinson Law Review, Assoc. Editor, 1986 - 1987
  • Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania
    • M.S., Master of Science - 1983
    • Major: Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology
  • Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts summa cum laude - 1972
    • Major: Political Science

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, 1988 - 2018
  • Centre County Bar Association, 1988 - 2018
  • International Academy of Collaborative Practitioners, 2005 - 2018
  • Centre Region Estate Planning Council, Past board member, 2010 - 2018
  • Central Counties Collaborative Law Community, Charter Past President, 2011 - 2018
  • Pennsylvania Council of Mediators, 1997 - 2018

Past Employment Positions

  • Delafield, McGee, Jones & Kauffman, Partner, 1988 - 2012
  • Hon. David E. Grine, Centre County Court of Common, Law Clerk, 1987 - 1988

Pro Bono Activities

  • Mid-Penn Legal Services, 1988 - 2018
  • Rotary Club of State College/Downtown, past president, 1998 - 2018