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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.   


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


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Labor and Employment

Litigation & Trial

Employment Discrimination Counseling and Litigation

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Crowell & Moring's Sponsorship Initiative 10 Years Later Law360 (January 26, 2023)
Press Coverage
Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Recognizes Crowell & Moring as a 2022 Top Performer and Compass Award Winner (October 13, 2022)
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Ellen Dwyer Concludes Term as Chair of Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Board (September 28, 2022)
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The American Lawyer Names Crowell & Moring’s Ellen Dwyer a Finalist for Best Law Firm Mentor Award (August 10, 2022)
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Crowell & Moring Named Among Seramount’s ‘Best Law Firms for Women’ for 11th Consecutive Year and Earns Hall of Fame Designation (June 29, 2022)
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Apple, Google GCs Among LCLD Members Making Public Diversity Pledges The Global Legal Post (June 20, 2022)
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"Pre-dispute Agreements to Arbitrate Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault Claims Will Be Voidable Pursuant to Federal Legislation," Labor & Employment Law Alert - US (March 2, 2022). Contacts: Ellen Moran Dwyer, Thomas P. Gies, Sadina Montani, Rebecca L. Springer, Eric Su, Kimberley Johnson
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Crowell & Moring Lawyers Named to Leadership Council on Legal Diversity’s 2022 Fellows and Pathfinder Programs (February 28, 2022)
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Google General Counsel Halimah DeLaine Prado Named to LCLD Board of Directors (January 27, 2022)
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Ellen Dwyer and Don Smith Participate in Diversity & Flexibility Alliance Annual Conference (November 4, 2021)
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