Ellen was born and raised in Blair, Nebraska. She graduated from Creighton University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics and obtained her J.D. from Creighton University School of Law, graduating cum laude, in 2020.
Ellen is a member of Carlson & Burnett’s litigation team, and her primary focus is personal injury. The firm has three partners specializing in personal injury, and Ellen provides them with crucial support as they pursue justice for people who have been injured through the negligence of others. Ellen understands that each case is different, and she enjoys working closely with clients to problem-solve and reach a positive outcome. Ellen has a secondary focus on family law. She has a special place in her heart for adoptions, because her younger brother, Zeke, was adopted by her family in 2006.
Throughout her education, Ellen has been interested in the legal systems of other countries. She studied international human rights and comparative women’s rights in Florence, Italy. She also travelled to Nuremberg, Germany to study how the Nuremberg Trials and the Holocaust continue to impact the international criminal law system today. While in Nuremberg, Ellen participated in the International Moot Court Competition. She also interned at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands. In 2019, Ellen participated in a service and justice trip to the Dominican Republic. She received an award from Creighton University School of Law in Outstanding Pro-Bono Service as a second-year student. These experiences have given Ellen a keen sense of how individual lives can be affected by what happens in the courtroom.
Ellen stays involved with her community by volunteering as a Chapter Advisor for the Alpha Phi chapter at Creighton University. She enjoys going back to Blair to see her family and their Newfoundland dog, Winnie. She also enjoys traveling to northeast Nebraska to visit her goddaughter, Anna Jo.