Ellen focuses her practice on family law and is known for combining zealous client representation with sensitivity and appreciation of the long-range needs of families in transition.

She has appeared in state and federal courts and has also served as a mediator and arbitrator. She has experience dealing with substantial marital estates, professional degrees and practices, complex custody issues and all aspects of divorce.

Ellen’s background includes work as a commercial litigator, representing clients in a wide variety of business disputes.

Ellen is a frequent lecturer and panelist at continuing legal education presentations sponsored by the Utah State Bar and the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers on topics ranging from mediation and arbitration, litigating alimony issues in divorce cases, and business valuation in divorce, to conducting discovery in divorce cases, ethical issues in family law practice, and prenuptial agreements.

Honors & Recognitions

  • Dorathy S. Merrill Brothers Award Recipient, Utah State Bar, 2018
  • AV Preeminent Rated, Martindale-Hubbell® 
  • Utah Legal Elite, Family Law, Utah Business magazine, 2004-Present
  • Best Lawyers in America®, Family Law, 1995-Present
  • Mountain States Super Lawyers, 2007-2012
  • Professionalism Award, Utah State Bar, 2008
  • Service to the Courts Award, Utah State Courts, 2007
  • Woman Lawyer of the Year, Women Lawyers of Utah,1998
  • Distinguished Lawyer for Service to the Bar, Utah State Bar, 1988
  • Family Law Lawyer of the Year, Family Law Section, Utah State Bar, 1995

Professional Activities

  • Chair, Professionalism and Civility Counseling Board (appointed by Utah Supreme Court), 2009-Present
  • Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 1993-Present
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers, 2003-Present
  • Treasurer, Mountain States Chapter, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Utah State Bar
    • Chair, Family Law Section, 1994-1995
    • Member, Family Law Section Executive Committee, 1991-2001
    • Co-Chair, CLE Advisory Committee, 1985-1988
    • Distinguished Committee Award, 1987-1988
    • Chair, Young Lawyers Section, 1979
    • Chair, Bar Examiners Review Committee, 1997-1999
    • Ethics and Discipline Screening Panel, 1982-1992
    • Chair, Ethics and Discipline Screening Panel, 1991-1992, 2015-2017
    • Women Lawyers Executive Committee, 1982-1984
  • Member, Collaborative Family Lawyers of Utah, 2000-Present
    • President, 2005-2006
    • Treasurer and Board of Directors, 2002-2004
  • Utah Bar Foundation
    • President, 1993-1994
    • Vice President, 1991-1993
    • Trustee, 1987-1994
  • President, American Inn of Court I Master of the Bench, 1996-1997
  • Member, Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Rules of Evidence,1987-2007
    • Chair, 1994-2007



Community Involvement

  • And Justice for All Leadership Committee, 1998-2003
  • Member, Ad Hoc Committee for Reorganization of Code of Judicial Administration, 2002
  • Member, Board of Directors, Legal Aid Society, 2003-2012
  • University of Utah College of Law Alumni Association
    • Board of Trustees, 1992-1995
    • President, 1996-1997
  • University of Utah Alumni Association
    • Board of Trustees, 1990-1993
    • Chair, Community Service Committee, 1991-1993
  • Westminster College, Salt Lake City, Utah, Paralegal Program
    • Legal Writing Instructor, 1980, 1983-1987
    • Member, Advisory Committee, 1988
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