Ellen Moran Dwyer, Partner Washington, D.C.
Phone: +1 202.624.2574
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004-2595

Ellen Moran Dwyer is managing partner of the firm and a member of the Labor & Employment Group. Ellen represents employers in the full array of labor and employment matters, including class action and individual claims filed under federal and state anti-discrimination and related employment laws such as Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Civil False Claims Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), Sarbanes Oxley (SOX) whistleblower provisions and the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), as well as employment torts, including defamation, wrongful discharge, and related fiduciary duty claims.

Ellen has extensive experience in the trade secret arena, including:

  • Drafting and negotiating non-competition, non-disclosure, and confidentiality agreements;
  • Investigating incidents of alleged theft of trade secrets;
  • Counseling employers regarding the implementation of effective trade secret security measures;
  • Auditing corporate trade secret protection protocols, including the full range of employee new-hire and separation procedures, and pre- and post-employment related restrictions; and
  • Litigating trade secret related claims under federal and applicable state law, including the Uniform Trade Secrets Act.

Ellen also has substantial experience in the employment class action litigation arena teaming effectively with public relations, diversity and statistical experts. Ellen also represents employers in the traditional labor arena on matters including union organizing campaigns and elections, decertification efforts, and collective bargaining both before the National Labor Relations Board and the federal courts.

In addition to these representations, Ellen has also conducted employee training programs for clients on several substantive labor and employment topics, including sexual harassment, union avoidance, diversity, and personnel practices and management.


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

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  • Law Firm Leader Roundtable: Part 1 and 2
    July 30, 2015 — Legal Bisnow

    Crowell & Moring managing partner, Ellen M. Dwyer, participated in Legal Bisnow’s two-part Law Firm Leader Roundtable panel in which firm leaders and industry experts discussed their views on the changes occurring in the legal industry. Dwyer noted, "Another trend I've seen is some of the very large firms coming in at pricing that is just astounding" adding that "as a result, firms in that space have to get much more sophisticated not just about pricing, but about managing matters so they can be profitable."

  • Top 10 Numbers from Report on Women in Big Law
    June 1, 2015 — The American Lawyer

    The American Lawyer's recent special report on women highlights Crowell & Moring as one of only 19 firms hiring female associates from the OnRamp program, which brings female lawyers who have been out of the workplace for as long as 20 years back into big law firms. Further, the firm's managing partner Ellen M. Dwyer and chair Angela B. Styles are both pictured in the photo grid accompanying the report. The full report has several articles that analyze the status of women in Big Law.

  • A Learned Career: Crowell & Moring Alumni at Universities
    March 2015 — Crowell Connect (Alumni Newsletter)

    At universities across America, more than 30 Crowell & Moring alumni make their careers as in-house counsel or faculty. Among them are Beth Nolan, senior vice president and general counsel at George Washington University, Karen Petrulakis, chief deputy general counsel at University of California, and David Florin, deputy general counsel for health affairs at Yale University. And just this December, alumna Ramona Romero assumed the role of Princeton University's general counsel. All serve in key leadership positions and help their universities tackle issues ranging from cutting-edge research and intellectual property licensing to Title IX concerns and academic freedom." In the March edition of Crowell Connect, they and other C&M alumni discuss their memories of the firm and what it's like to work in higher education. 

  • Partner Path Foggy As More Women Join Staff Atty Ranks
    February 18, 2015 — Law360

    Crowell & Moring managing partner Ellen M. Dwyer discusses the rise in alternative career tracks and nontraditional firm roles that are increasingly being filled by female lawyers. Dwyer views these roles, such as, firm professional, counsel, specialist, and staff attorney, as positive for the professional, as well as the individual lawyer looking for job trajectories that don’t necessarily hinge on promotion to equality partnership. "The challenge for law firms is to create interesting, fulfilling opportunities for men and women ... and then invest in talent and work on an individual basis to retain the best lawyers we have," she said.

  • At Some D.C. Firms, More Women Than Men Make Partner
    January 19, 2015 — National Law Journal

    Crowell & Moring managing partner Ellen M. Dwyer is quoted in a National Law Journal article highlighting the trend that women accounted for half or more of new partners at eight of the largest firms in Washington, D.C. This year, three of Crowell & Moring's six attorneys that were promoted to partnership were women, which Dwyer attributes to the firm's long-term campaign of making more opportunities available to women. Washington, D.C.-based tax partner, Jennifer Ray is noted as one of the firm's newly promoted partners.

  • BigLaw Pairs Up Attys To Move Needle On Diversity
    August 19, 2014 — Law360

    Law360 examines how law firms are making the most of professional relationships through implementing formal sponsorship initiatives, a type of individualized advocacy and promotion of proven talent. Crowell & Moring's managing partner, Ellen M. Dwyer, discusses how the firm recently launched a successful sponsorship program in consultation with the Center for Talent Innovation. The article also highlights counsel, Shamiso Maswoswe, who comments on her positive experience participating in the innovative program.

  • Female Powerbrokers Q&A: Crowell's Ellen Dwyer
    February 7, 2014 — Labor & Employment Law360

    Law360 has recognized Ellen M. Dwyer, Crowell & Moring's managing partner and member of the firm's Labor & Employment Group, in their 2014 "Female Powerbroker" series. In this feature, Dwyer discusses her  professional and personal experiences as a successful woman in the legal industry which many consider to be "an old boys' network." When asked what advice she would give to aspiring female lawyers, Dwyer notes, "I would urge a young woman attorney to of course do excellent work, but then to get out of her office, and to let the lawyers around her know what her ambition is, and her commitment to realizing it. She should throw her hat in the ring for opportunities, and worry about how she can manage it all after she gets the opportunity. She'll find a way to manage, and in the interim, she will grow tremendously as a lawyer and person."

  • 'Lean In' Maternity Advice Could Spawn Litigation
    April 22, 2013 — Employment Law360

    Ellen M. Dwyer, Crowell & Moring's managing partner, offers her perspective on maternity leave policies in this article which highlights advice given by best-selling author Sheryl Sandberg in her book "Lean In." Dwyer notes, "I believe that when you have policies that make it really clear and transparent ... all of the ways that an employer can accommodate employees who have needs that take them away from the workplace, it's sending a message to your employees that you are committed."

  • Innovative Managing Partner: Crowell’s Ellen Moran Dwyer
    October 3, 2012 — Law360

    In this feature story, Law360 highlights Ellen M. Dwyer, Crowell & Moring's managing partner, for being named to their list of "America's Most Innovative Managing Partners." Dwyer is honored for her dedication to tackling, and helping improve, female and minority representation in the upper levels and leadership positions at firms.

  • View from the Top: Law Firms - Insights from Executives Who Made the List
    June 5, 2009 — Washington Business Journal

    Crowell & Moring LLP and Ellen Moran Dwyer, the firm's managing partner, are featured in the Washington Business Journal's annual "Top 100 Law Firm's Book of Lists." Crowell & Moring's Washington, D.C. office was ranked 4th out of 100 listed law firms, based on the number of D.C. metro-area attorneys. Dwyer was highlighted in the WBJ's "View from the Top: Law Firm Executives" special report column, discussing matters ranging from Crowell & Moring's innovative approach to alternative billing to what her first purchase was out of law school.

Firm News & Announcements

Feb.23.2015 Crowell & Moring's Karen Hermann Named a Fellow of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity
Jan.13.2015 Crowell & Moring Releases Third Annual Litigation Forecast Report and Inaugural Regulatory Forecast
Oct.04.2012 Crowell & Moring Managing Partner, Ellen Moran Dwyer, Named to Law360's "List of America's Most Innovative Managing Partners"
Nov.18.2009 Crowell & Moring Honored At Legal Momentum’s 31st Annual Equal Opportunity Awards
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