Justice through effective advocacy.
Family Law Attorney and Family Financial Mediator
Ellen grew up outside of Detroit, Michigan. She attended Michigan State University for two years before moving to Florida, where she graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a B.A.E. in Special Education and a minor in psychology. She received her law degree from Shepard Broad College of Law at Nova Southeastern University and began twenty years of family law practice in Ft. Lauderdale, where she was a certified Family Mediator, a qualified Arbitrator, and was trained in Collaborative Family Law.
Ellen concentrated her practice in Florida on family law and family mediation, and she was a founding member of the original collaborative lawyers group in South Florida. Quite frequently, Ellen was appointed by the courts as guardian ad litem, representing children in divorce and custody cases.
In 2006, Ellen and her husband moved to Henderson County. Since residing in the area, Ellen has worked as the Family Court Administrator in Asheville and in Raleigh. Ellen took the North Carolina Bar in between Family Court Administrator positions. In addition to becoming licensed in North Carolina, Ellen maintains her Florida law license, and she is certified in North Carolina as a Family Financial Mediator and trained as a Parenting Coordinator and in Collaborative Law.
Ellen is employed part time as an attorney and community outreach specialist at Safelight, Inc., Henderson County’s domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse service provider, where she was previously on the Board of Directors.
As a family lawyer, it is important to Ellen that she understand and respect the difficult emotional position that clients are in when they work with her. She is also passionate about keeping children out of the middle of their parents’ conflict to the greatest extent possible during a divorce or custody dispute.
Ellen is accepting family law cases in Buncombe and Henderson counties.
Served on the Board of Safelight, Inc.
Community Outreach Specialist at Safelight, Inc.
Volunteer Judge, Capitol Area Teen Court
Judge, Craven Moot Court Competition
Chair, Florida Bar Grievance Committee 17I
Credentials & Professional Engagements
Certified Family Financial Mediator
Member of the North Carolina Bar Association
Member of the Florida Bar Association
Trained Parenting Coordinator
Trained Collaborative Lawyer
Founding member of the Collaborative Family Lawyers of South Florida, Inc.
Wake County Domestic Violence Task Force, member, 2013-2015
Wake County Domestic Violence Task Force, interim chair, 2015
Wake County Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team, ex-officio member, 2013-2015
North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission, ex-officio member, 2013-2015
Broward County Bar Association Peer Review Council Appointee