B.A., Brandeis University, cum laude
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|Ellen August is a commercial litigator whose work focuses on professional malpractice, insurance coverage issues and employment litigation. She graduated from Brandeis University cum laude and received her law degree from Syracuse University, also cum laude, where she also served as a member and Notes Editor of the Syracuse Law Review and published a note entitled “Writer’s Guild v. FCC,” in 1977.Ellen was formerly Chief of the Manhattan Trial Unit for the New York City Law Department. She litigates a wide range of matters in the state and federal courts and in the New York Division of Human Rights.
Her experience includes a ten-year-long litigation in federal court in the Southern District of New York on behalf of The Custom Shop, then a national retailer. The plaintiff — the comptroller of the company and a long-standing employee who was terminated — sued under the New Jersey Whistleblower Statute. After the district court dismissed the whistleblower claim, and after a trial on the state law claim involving vacation pay, the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit reversed the dismissal. Ultimately, the case went to trial and Ellen obtained a verdict for the defendant on the whistleblower claim, which was subsequently upheld on appeal.
Ellen also represented a plaintiff in a federal case against the Ford Foundation, which terminated our client’s employment. The complaint alleged reverse discrimination and she obtained a favorable settlement early in the litigation. Ellen also represented Newport News, a division of Spiegel, in an age discrimination case in New York state court, and obtained a favorable settlement for that client on the eve of trial.