Ellen is a recent addition to the Phoenix office of Koeller Nebeker Carlson Haluck, LLP but she has been practicing for over 30 years, first in California and then in Arizona. She specializes in complex civil, real estate litigation (with a focus on large document cases database creation and management), deficiency defense, condemnation, construction and product defects, and has an extensive appellate practice, involving a wide variety of industries and claims.
She is known for her dogged factual research and novel legal arguments that often prove to be case dispositive. In one case, a third party subpoena for an “irrelevant file” turned plaintiffs’ counsel into a co-defendant and precipitated settlement. Review of photos imbedded in historical java script of a website turned up photos of “destroyed” personal property in pristine condition. Ellen then drove a 4 wheel drive vehicle into the Gila River, and took photos of sand over the floorboards to prove there was no other passable outlet, and defeated summary judgment on a private way of necessity claim. Ellen prides herself on her willingness to learn the industry or the science involved in a new matter in order to craft the best defense or persuasive offense.
Ellen attended college in southern California, first at California State Long Beach, and then graduated from the University of Southern California with her B.A. in Political Science, magma cum laude. After a successful career in sales, Ellen attended law school at USC and while she was there, placed second in the Hale Moot Court competition. Ellen began her practice at a large firm in downtown Los Angeles and then moved to Arizona to raise a family.
As a child, Ellen was a State Department brat, and a trailing spouse as an adult who has lived in Morocco Saudi Arabia, and Singapore, as well as Wisconsin, Tennessee, Illinois, North Carolina, Virginia, California until settling in Arizona. She is most proud of her children; one was awarded his PhD in genomic and genetics last year, and her youngest who just graduated from college.