Staff Spotlight – Ellen McKitterick

Ellen joined MSEC’s Scottsdale office in 2016 as an employment law attorney. She advises MSEC members on all aspects of employment law, including employment discrimination, wageand-hour issues, employee benefits, and unemployment. Her areas of specialization include LGBT issues and the application of federal employment laws to tribal governments and enterprises.

Ellen enjoys training and assisting members proactively with their issues. Often attorneys find themselves on the reactive side of issues–in settlement negotiations or litigation after a problem has escalated or a mistake has been made. At MSEC, she gets the opportunity to help employers prevent problems from happening and put practices in place to help them become employers of choice in the marketplace.

Prior to joining MSEC, Ellen practiced law with a small Scottsdale, Arizona law firm, which focused exclusively on representing tribal governments and tribal businesses. During that time, she coordinated federal regulations with tribal sovereignty principles in order to advise clients on tribal policy and ordinance issues, tax law, employment law, employee benefit programs, and health-care compliance issues. Ellen also provided litigation support for the representation of clients in federal and tribal courts.

Born and raised in Central Florida, Ellen earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Central Florida. She moved to Lincoln, Nebraska, and received her law degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Law in 2014. Still a die-hard Huskers fan, Ellen and her husband made the move to sunny Arizona after her husband was given a development opportunity with his company.

Ellen and her husband are music lovers, attending concerts as often as possible in a wide variety of genres (everything from John Mayer to Radiohead to Sigur Rós to Jay-Z). She also loves yoga, science fiction, and spending every minute she can with her 7-month-old daughter, Rory.