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


  • District of Columbia

Ellen Moran Dwyer

Named to Law360's "List of America's Most Innovative Managing Partners."
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Ellen Moran Dwyer represents employers in the full array of labor and employment matters, including litigating actions filed under federal and state anti-discrimination, retaliation, and related employment laws, as well as employment torts, including defamation, wrongful discharge, and related fiduciary duty claims. She has extensive experience investigating Board-level sexual harassment and other sensitive employment-related issues. Ellen advises employers on prophylactic measures to mitigate risk and remediate such claims and develops and conducts training programs for clients on several substantive labor and employment topics, including sexual harassment;  diversity, equity, and inclusion; and personnel practices and management.

Ellen is chair of Crowell & Moring's Executive Committee and serves as a member of the Management Board. She has been a senior leader at Crowell & Moring for more than a decade and a champion of diversity efforts at the firm and within the broader legal industry as chair of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity. In her many leadership roles at the firm, Ellen has both led and participated in the development and execution of the firm’s strategy and business plan, as well as managed and overseen the firm’s offices, practices, and talent.


Admitted to practice: District of Columbia, Massachusetts (inactive), and several federal district and appellate courts.


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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