About Me

I knew I wanted to be a lawyer in third grade.  Even then, I saw the power of argument in helping people.  Now, more than 30 years later, my drive has not changed. I am proud to represent people who have been injured by pharmaceutical products and medical devices, or who have put their trust in the medical profession and were failed.

My Approach

I am passionate about trust and duty.  I believe strongly that a person should be able to rely on the expertise of a medical professional or pharmaceutical manufacturer in the care and treatment of medical conditions, and that Big Pharma should share all information about risks and benefits of a drug with the prescribing doctors so the doctors can explain them to their patients.  I am relentless in learning about information hidden from doctors and patients and uncovering unnecessary risks taken with patients that have led to disastrous results.

I take a hands-on approach with my clients.  I feel like I can best understand my clients’ experiences by talking and meeting with them myself.  I do everything I can to make sure my clients understand the process of the lawsuit, I understand the needs and desires of each client.

Strategy in the progression of a lawsuit is very important to the success of the case and thus the recovery for the injured person.  I examine each case from every angle to ensure we are approaching the issues in the way that will best help the particular situation.

I love the excitement of the courtroom.  I love the competition and the battle, and I am dogged in my fight for my clients.  I always weigh all of our options as we proceed with the case.  I want my clients to be comfortable and cared for in the decisions we make about their cases.

My Experience

  • Court-appointed leadership positions in multiple national consolidated litigations, including Pradaxa, Granuflo, Risperdal, Hormone Replacement Therapy, and FenPhen.
  • Trials in various courts across the United States, including California, Connecticut, Washington, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and Texas
  • FenPhen Seventh Amendment Committee, procuring an additional 1.25 Billion Dollars from the defendant product manufacturer to be contributed to the National Settlement Agreement
  • Licensed to practice law in Texas, Arizona and Pennsylvania
  • Texas Super Lawyer every year since the designation began.
  • D Magazine’s Best Lawyers in Dallas multiple years.
  • D Magazine’s Best Women Lawyers
  • AV Rating Martindale-Hubbell
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), including Executive Committee and national board member
  • Public Justice Foundation Board of Directors, including Executive Committee
  • American Associate of Justice, State Board Member
  • National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Lawyers
  • Top 100 Lawyers in Texas
  • AVVO 10 Rating
  • Million and Multi-Million Dollar Advocate Forum
  • Co-Author, Texas Pretrial Practice (James Publishing 2000)
  • Adjunct Professor — Product Liability Law — Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law

How Her Partners Describe Ellen

There is nothing gray about Ellen.  Ellen heard the call of advocacy early in her life, and she has taken every step consistent with that calling.  She obtained her law degree from SMU School of Law and almost immediately started giving back to the institution and rising lawyers by teaching trial advocacy there for years.  Since 2015, she has been part of the SMU Law School faculty as an adjunct professor, teaching Product Liability Law to second and third year students.

Ellen’s desire to protect victims from continued harm continues to grow.  Early in her career, she began trying significant lawsuits to victory, sealing her love for the courtroom and determination to right the wrongs done to her clients.  She has been involved in some of the largest pharmaceutical lawsuits in the nation, trying cases for victims coast to coast.  She is a fierce competitor in the courtroom and enjoys every minute of the challenge.   She is proud to have gained recognition within the legal field for her work, but values the relationships and trust she has built with her clients and colleagues even more.  When an injured person wants compassion, responsiveness, and tenacity, Ellen is there.  She is there to fight and achieve the best result possible.