Rachel E. Ellis

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment & Labor Attorney in Denver, CO

Livelihood Law, LLC
 | 3401 Quebec St., Suite 6009
Denver, CO 80207
Phone: 720-465-1663
Fax: 720-465-6927
Selected To Rising Stars: 2014 - 2021
Licensed Since: 2008
Practice Areas:
  • Employment & Labor: Employee (30%),
  • Employment Litigation: Plaintiff (30%),
  • Civil Rights (20%),
  • Social Security Disability (20%)
    Attorney Profile

    Attorney Rachel E. Ellis is the managing partner of Livelihood Law, LLC, in Denver, Colorado. Serving clients throughout the state, Ms. Ellis devotes her practice to advocating on behalf of employees who experienced a violation of their basic rights as workers, such as discrimination, sexual harassment, wrongful termination and more.

    To this end, she fights aggressively on behalf of those seeking restitution for their workplace grievances, and she also provides invaluable counsel for employees in matters related to employment contracts, non-compete agreements, severance negotiations and unemployment benefits.

    In addition, Ms. Ellis assists injured and disabled workers with obtaining their rightful Social Security Disability benefits and helps them appeal any denied claims. She frequently practices before all state and federal courts throughout Colorado as well as before the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, the Colorado Civil Rights Commission and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

    A 2003 graduate of Ohio University, Ms. Ellis attended the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, where she obtained her Juris Doctor in 2008. That same year, she received her license to practice from the Colorado Supreme Court.

    Highly active in her legal community, Ms. Ellis currently serves on the board for the Colorado Plaintiff Employment Lawyers Association, and she has served on the board as well as several committees for the Colorado Women’s Bar Association. She is also a member of the Denver Bar Association.

    An accomplished author and speaker, she has published articles and conducted lectures on a variety of legal topics related to employment law, and she serves her local community through her involvement with various civic and charitable organizations, including her service with the Colorado Symphony REMIX Board for Young Professionals.

    Practice Areas
    • 30%Employment & Labor: Employee
    • 30%Employment Litigation: Plaintiff
    • 20%Civil Rights
    • 20%Social Security Disability
    Focus Areas

    Employment Law - Employee, Wage & Hour Laws, Sexual Harassment, Employment Discrimination, Wrongful Termination, Retaliation, Americans with Disabilities Act, Race Discrimination, Disability, Discrimination


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    Rising Stars: 2014 - 2021

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    About Rachel Ellis

    Admitted: 2008, Colorado

    Professional Webpage: https://www.livelihoodlaw.com/about/

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Colorado Plaintiffs Employment Lawyers Association, Current Board Member
    • Colorado Women’s Bar Association, Past-Board Member
    • Colorado Plaintiffs Employment Lawyers Association, Former Officer

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • I spent substantial time creating emergency resources and guidance for Colorado workers, including independent contractors, due to the overwhelming need for public education regarding the CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act), Employee Paid Leave Rights under the FFCRA (Families First Coronavirus Response Act), and Unemployment Benefit developments in Colorado. These efforts are on-going, and I am actively engaged in the current related legislative efforts in Colorado., 2020
    • Membership Chair for Inspire Elementary's Parent Teacher Organization. Due to funding cuts statewide and the uncertainties resulting from the pandemic, it is especially critical for the community to come together to support our local elementary school., 2020
    • Colorado Symphony REMIX Board for Young Professionals

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Employment Law Developments Business Lawyers Should Know (Submitted for .4 Ethics Credits)- Equal Work, Equal Pay, Including Firm and Client Compliance and Ethical Conduct Implications - Workplace Investigations, Including Sexual Harassment Investigations/Impact of “#MeToo” - Revisions/Proposed Revisions to 8.4 of the Colorado Rules of Professional Conduct Directly Addressing Sexual Harassment - Family Leave Act Revisions - “Ban the Box”, Speaker, 2019 Business Law Institute, 2019
    • With a state of emergency now declared in Colorado due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), it is essential for everyone to stay informed and have a plan in place for their business and workplace.   That is why several of the CBA’s sections have partnered to present a Coronavirus Rapid Response Panel to address many of the areas of law implicated by the spread of this disease. This presentation will include a panel discussion of the impact coronavirus on insurance, workers compensation, and recommendations for employers and employees. This webinar will provide a brief overview of these areas, and panelists will answer questions as time permits., Speaker, Coronavirus Rapid Response Panel, Colorado Bar Association, And Workers Compensation Attorneys, Employment, Insurance, 2020
    • Presentation on Ageist Stereotyping, and the alarming frequency with which this happens., Speaker, Colorado Bar Association Employment Law Conference, 2018
    • How to Value Emotional Distress for Plaintiff's Employment Claims, Speaker, Annual PELA Retreat, 2017
    • HIPAA Considerations and Personnel Files – a Practical and Useful ApproachThe myriad regulations on what can be in a personnel file and what should be kept separate and the new Colorado statute requiring employee access to files.Plaintiff: Rachel Ellis, Esq.Defense: Amy L. Miletich, Esq., and Brendon D. Benson, Esq., Speaker, Colorado Bar Association Employment Law Spring Update, 2017
    • Valuation Considerations for Plaintiff Employment Law Cases, Speaker, PELA/CTLA Employment Law 101, Colorado Plaintiff's Employment Lawyers Association, 2016
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    Office Location for Rachel E. Ellis

    3401 Quebec St.
    Suite 6009
    Denver, CO 80207

    Phone: 720-465-1663

    Fax: 720-465-6927

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    Last Updated: 11/11/2020

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