Rachel E. Ellis

Top rated employment & labor attorney in Denver, Colorado

Livelihood Law, LLC
Rachel E. Ellis
Livelihood Law, LLC

Practice Areas: Employment & labor, Employment litigation, Civil rights; view more

Licensed in Colorado since: 2008

Education: University of Denver Sturm College of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2022 - 2023 Selected to Rising Stars: 2014 - 2021

Livelihood Law, LLC

3401 Quebec St.
Suite 6009
Denver, CO 80207 Visit website


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

Employment & labor: employee, Employment litigation: plaintiff, Civil rights, 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

  • 40% Employment & labor: employee
  • 30% Employment litigation: plaintiff
  • 20% Civil rights
  • 10% Social security disability

First 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
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Colorado’s Healthy Families and Workplace Act wassigned by Governor Jared Polis on July 14, 2020. Thisbill was a significant victory for Colorado workers. It wasproposed and implemented during an unprecedented legis -lative session while Colorado and the nation struggled withthe uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic. Employees’ability to take time away from work to care for themselves,or for loved ones, was suddenly an issue at the forefront ofsociety. The economy was upended, with some businessesshuttered, resulting in record unemployment rates, and otherswere unable to keep up with demand due to manpower orsupply shortages. Frontline workers were hailed as heroeswhile simultaneously being forced into frightening workingconditions.1 During this time it was impossible to ignore thelack of paid sick leave for service industry and low wageworkers, who are disproportionately women and people ofcolor and among those least likely to have access to paidsick time.Though the federal government passed temporary emer -gency paid lead protection for some employees,2 HFWAprovided Coloradans with immediate relief and set a newlegislative national standard that will ensure all workers inthe state have access to paid sick leave, no matter where theyare employed, by January 1, 2022. HFWA also includes ad -ditional guidance for future public health emergencies.During a whirlwind pandemic legislative session, HFWAwas crafted and enacted to protect employees now and forthe future. Employers and employees must learn to navigatethe ins and outs of this law. , Author, Colorado’s Healthy Families and Workplaces Act (“HFWA”), Employment, Insurance, And Workers Compensation Attorneys, 2021
  • The CEPEWA went into effect on January 1, 2021, and despite the delayed implementation, employers were not ready. This is an update on what has happened in Court, in the media, at the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, and at our firms thus far, along with an explanation of the law and why you should be using it., Speaker, Colorado Equal Pay for Equal Work Act Update, 2021 PELA Retreat, Colorado Plaintiff's Employment Lawyers Association, 2021
  • 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, Employment, Insurance, And Workers Compensation Attorneys, 2020
  • 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
  • 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
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Colorado Symphony REMIX Board for Young Professionals
  • 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

Office location for Rachel E. Ellis

3401 Quebec St.
Suite 6009
Denver, CO 80207

Phone: 720-465-1663


2 Years Super Lawyers
8 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2022 - 2023
  • Rising Stars: 2014 - 2021

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