• St. Lawrence University, B.A. (1982) summa cum laude
  • Cornell Law School, J.D. (1985) cum laude


  • District of Columbia
  • Massachusetts (Inactive)

Ellen Moran Dwyer

Named to Law360's "List of America's Most Innovative Managing Partners."
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Corporate boards and client leaders trust Ellen to advise them in their most sensitive employment matters that generate significant risk for their organizations. Whether leading a high-profile sexual harassment investigation, litigating racial or gender equity issues, responding to activist shareholder demands, or advising on the myriad issues that impact her clients’ most productive talent, Ellen serves as a strategist and collaborative partner to her clients.

Ellen is a trusted advisor to clients across a range of industries, including technology, professional services, higher education, and professional services. Clients count on her judgment - based on her more than 30 years of experience counseling and litigating employment matters - in handling and resolving their most sensitive employment matters.  She appreciates the importance of listening, gaining an intimate understanding of her clients’ businesses, and developing holistic and creative solutions that align with their business objectives.  

Ellen’s substantive work extends to counseling clients across the full array of employment statutes and common law, including the Americans With Disabilities Act, the Family Medical Leave Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, among others. She litigates actions filed under federal and state anti-discrimination, retaliation, trade secret and related employment laws, and has extensive experience investigating Board-level issues, including sexual harassment, race and gender equity issues, code of conduct and conflict of interest issues.  

Ellen has been a champion of diversity, equity and inclusion efforts at the firm and within the broader legal industry as chair of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity. 

Ellen is a member of Crowell’s Executive Committee and a member of its Management Board.   


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October 13, 2022 Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Recognizes Crowell & Moring as a 2022 Top Performer and Compass Award Winner
September 28, 2022 Ellen Dwyer Concludes Term as Chair of Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Board
August 10, 2022 The American Lawyer Names Crowell & Moring’s Ellen Dwyer a Finalist for Best Law Firm Mentor Award
June 29, 2022 Crowell & Moring Named Among Seramount’s ‘Best Law Firms for Women’ for 11th Consecutive Year and Earns Hall of Fame Designation
February 28, 2022 Crowell & Moring Lawyers Named to Leadership Council on Legal Diversity’s 2022 Fellows and Pathfinder Programs
January 27, 2022 Google General Counsel Halimah DeLaine Prado Named to LCLD Board of Directors
November 4, 2021 Ellen Dwyer and Don Smith Participate in Diversity & Flexibility Alliance Annual Conference
October 29, 2021 Crowell & Moring Recognized by Leadership Council for Legal Diversity as a Top Performer and Compass Award Winner
October 22, 2021 Ellen Dwyer Moderates LCLD Panel Exploring New Ways to Increase Legal Diversity
July 9, 2021 Crowell & Moring Named Among Working Mother’s 'Best Law Firms for Women' for Tenth Consecutive Year and Earns Hall of Fame Designation
January 8, 2021 Law Firms Unite to Defend Constitutional Democracy
January 7, 2021 In Defense of Constitutional Democracy
December 11, 2020 Financial Times Names Crowell & Moring "Top Five Most Innovative Law Firm in North America"
December 4, 2020 Crowell & Moring Shortlisted for 2020 Financial Times Innovative Lawyers Awards in Four Categories
October 22, 2020 Leadership Council on Legal Diversity and Coqual Survey Shows Gaps in Support for Diverse Attorneys
October 16, 2020 Partners Sadina Montani and Ellen Dwyer Participate in Women’s Bar Association of D.C. Leadership Symposium
July 10, 2020 LCLD Fellow Virtual Leadership Lunch Featuring C&M’s Ellen Dwyer and Accenture’s Joel Unruch
January 27, 2020 Three Crowell & Moring Partners Named to ‘Power List’ Recognizing Influential Minority Attorneys and Allies
November 26, 2019 Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Names Crowell & Moring’s Ellen Dwyer as Chair
November 6, 2019 WomenInc. Names Crowell & Moring a Top Law Firm for Women
October 17, 2019 Corporate Counsel Recognizes Ellen Dwyer for Innovative Leadership
February 12, 2019 Crowell & Moring Announces 2019 Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Fellow and Pathfinders Participants
December 7, 2018 Crowell & Moring's Ellen Dwyer Promotes Innovation at the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Annual Meeting (Video)
August 8, 2018 Working Mother Names Crowell & Moring Among ‘Best Law Firms for Women’ for Seventh Consecutive Year
October 21, 2016 Leadership Counsel on Legal Diversity Honors Crowell & Moring as 2016 Top Performer
December 8, 2015 Crowell & Moring Recognized by the Financial Times as One of 2015’s Most Innovative Law Firms in North America
October 29, 2015 Crowell & Moring's Ellen Dwyer Named One of Washington’s Most Powerful Women by Washingtonian Magazine
January 13, 2015 Crowell & Moring Releases Third Annual Litigation Forecast Report and Inaugural Regulatory Forecast
October 4, 2012 Crowell & Moring Managing Partner, Ellen Moran Dwyer, Named to Law360's "List of America's Most Innovative Managing Partners"
November 18, 2009 Crowell & Moring Honored At Legal Momentum’s 31st Annual Equal Opportunity Awards