Ellen C. Brotman

Ellen C. Brotman

Attorney Profile

Top Rated White Collar Crimes Attorney in Philadelphia, PA

BrotmanLaw
 | One South Broad Street, Suite 1500
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: 215-609-3247
Fax: 215-568-9319
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1994
Education: Albany Law School
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (40%),
  • Professional Liability: Defense (40%),
  • Appellate (20%)
Attorney Profile

BrotmanLaw is a boutique law firm, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and a regional and national practice.  The owner, Ellen Brotman, is admitted in Pennsylvania and New York and concentrates her practice on white collar criminal defense, ethics and appellate advocacy.  Ms. Brotman’s career includes service as an assistant federal defender with the Federal Community Defender Association for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.  Before coming to Philadelphia, Ms. Brotman served as a law clerk to Hon. Lee P. Gagliardi, United States District Judge, Southern District of New York.   Ms. Brotman is Secretary of the Federal Criminal Law Committe of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and has sat on the Board of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Ms. Brotman speaks and writes frequently on topics related to criminal defense and professional ethics.

 

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  • About Ellen Brotman

    Admitted: 1994, Pennsylvania

    Professional Webpage: https://ellenbrotmanlaw.com/about-me/

    Honors/Awards:

    • Super Lawyers®, 2008-2018 (Selected by survey of Pennsylvania lawyers as a “Top Rated” lawyer); Best Lawyers®, The Best Lawyers in America©, 2008-2019 for Criminal Defense: General Practice category; The Legal Intelligencer’s Women of the Year, 2014 (Included in the annual listing honoring Pennsylvania’s top women lawyers)

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Certified by Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), the nation’s largest third-party certifier of the businesses owned and operated by women in the U.S. We recognize the commitment to supplier diversity that is embraced by corporations and government agencies today and we can add diversity to your supply chain. Women Owned Small Business Certified (WOSB)

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Pennsylvania Bar Association Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee, 2017-Current Federal Criminal Law Committee for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Executive Committee  Secretary, 2017-2018 National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Member, Advisory Board, The ChampionBoard of Directors, 2012-2015 Member, White Collar Crime Committee, 2012-2016 Member, Social Media Committee, 2012-2016 Editorial Advisory Board, The Champion, 2012-2016 Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Board of Directors, 2017-Current Publications Committee, 2016-Current Lawyers Assistance Committee, 2014-Current Amicus Committee, 2014-Current Federal Bar Association Executive Committee, Criminal Law Committee, 2010-2016 American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section, Defense Function Subcommittee Co-Chair, 2014-2016 Criminal Justice Section, Long Range Planning Committee, 2015-2016

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • People’s Emergency Center Board of Directors, 2005-Current Vice Chair, 2014-2017 People’s Emergency Center Foundation Chair, 2017-Current

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • "Criminal Defense and Ethics – There’s A Rule for That”– Co-Presenter, Pennsylvania Bar Institute – Philadelphia, PA, December 2018; "Perils of Joint Representation: Takeaways From the Cynthia Baldwin Matter” – Author, The Legal Intelligencer, November, 2018; “Aggravation and Mitigation in Attorney Discipline”– Co-Presenter, Pennsylvania Disciplinary Board Hearing Committee – Harrisburg, PA, June 2018; "Advice For The President’s New Lawyer: There’s A Rule For That” – Author, The Legal Intelligencer, June, 2018; “A Spring Crop of Ethics Issues in Trump’s World” – Author, The Legal Intelligencer, March, 2018; "Did the President’s Lawyer Cover Up His Client’s Cover-up?”– Author, The Legal Intelligencer, December 2017; "The President Has Your Back: Is That a Conflict?”– Author, The Legal Intelligencer, October 2017; “Unpacking Unbundled Legal Services: Why Does the DOJ Care?”– Author, The Legal Intelligencer, June 2017; “Professional Conduct: Close the Curtain on 2016”– Author, The Legal Intelligencer, December 2016; “Maximizing Professional Relationships: Effective Mentoring Relationships, Supervising Relationships, and Diversity Development”– Panelist, Philadelphia Bar Association – 2016; Public Interest Law Day, December 2016; “The Prosecutor’s Duty to Disclose Favorable Evidence: Giving RPC 3.8 Muscle”– Author, The Legal Intelligencer, November 2016; “The Top 10 Reasons the Disciplinary Board Comes Knocking”– Presenter, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, November 2016; “White Collar Appellate Update”– Panelist, PACDL’s White Collar Practice Seminar, November 2016; “Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana launch is a marathon not a sprint”– Co-Author, Elevated Nation, November 2016; “The Top 10 Reasons the Disciplinary Board Comes Knocking”– Presenter, Delaware County Bar Association, October 2016; “A ‘House of Cards’ in Beaver County”– Author, For the Defense, September 2016; “NY In-State Office Requirement for Nonresident Lawyers”– Co-Author, The Legal Intelligencer, June 2016; “There’s a Rule For That: The RPC and the Duty to Preserve Issues on Appeal” – Co-Presenter, Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers – Harrisburg, April 2016; “Embezzlement 101”– Presenter, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Philadelphia, PA – April 2016; “Ethical Limits of Trial Advocacy”– Presenter, Lancaster County Paralegal Association’s 7th Annual Criminal Law & Forensics Conference, Lancaster, PA – April 2016; “New and Evolving Strategies in Obtaining, Managing, and Challenging the Use of Electronic Data”– Co-Presenter, American Bar Association’s 30th Annual National Institute on White Collar Crime – San Diego, March 2016; “Subpoenas To Lawyers: An Ethical Duty To Resist?”– Co-Presenter, Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers’ Mid-Year Meeting – San Diego, February 2016; “The Jail Cell That Comes With Illegal Recordings: PA Wiretap Act”– Presenter, Pennsylvania Bar Institute – Philadelphia, December 2015; “Ethical Limits to Trial Advocacy”– Presenter, Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s Criminal Law Update – Philadelphia, December 2015; “New Year’s Resolutions for a Happy Practice in 2016”– Author, The Legal Intelligencer, December 2015; “Is Climate Change Real? The Current Atmosphere and Future Forecast for White Collar Sentencing Guidelines”– Moderator, Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers’ 2015 White Collar Practice – Philadelphia, November 2015; “Review of Recent Changes Relating to Handling of Client Funds”– Co-Author, The Legal Intelligencer, September 2015; “Breaking (from) Bad: Voluntary Corporate Disclosure of Individual Employee Misconduct”– Co-Presenter, National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms 2015 Annual Meeting & Law Firm Expo – Los Angeles, September 2015; “Consciously Criminal: Cyberstalking and Internet Threats in the Third Circuit”– The New Jersey Law Journal, August 2015; “Dealing with the Press in High-Profile Cases: How to Neutralize the 13th Juror”– Author, American Bar Association, Litigation, Volume 41, Number 4, Summer 2015; “The Ethical Limits of Trial Advocacy: How High Can You Go?”– Presenter, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers’ Annual Meeting – Denver, CO, July 2015; “When the Disciplinary Board Comes Calling: It Can Happen to You!” – Upon Further Review, Philadelphia Bar Association, June 2015; “Retention of Counsel, the Search, and Investigating the Case”– Instructor, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers’ First Annual White Collar Criminal Defense College, Stetson University College of Law – Gulfport, FL, March 2015; “Ethics in the Digital Age”– Presenter, American Bar Association’s 29th Annual National Institute on White Collar Crime – New Orleans, March 2015; “Strict Vicarious Criminal Liability for Corporations and Corporate Executives: Stretching the Boundaries of Criminalization” – Co-Author, Georgetown University Law Center, American Criminal Law Review, Volume 51, Winter 2014; “Fundamental Legal Requirements for a Corporate Ethics and Compliance” – Presenter, Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s Business Lawyer’s Institute, November 2014; “An Afternoon on Health Care: Latest Trends & Developments” – Guest Speaker, Widener University School of Law, November 2014; “Recent Trends in Mitigation and Aggravation”– Presenter, Pennsylvania Disciplinary Board Hearing Committee Retreat, October 2014; “White Collar Roundtable”– Co-Presenter, Association of Federal Defense Attorneys, May 2014; “Sentencing Strategies in Federal Court: Managing and Marginalizing the Sentencing Guidelines” – Presenter, Thomson Reuters Webcast, April 2014; “Defending the White Collar Case”– Course Planner and Panelist, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, February 2014; “Defending the White Collar Case”– Workshop Leader and Co-Presenter, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Ninth Annual Conference, October 2013; “Ethics in White Collar Cases”– Panelist, American Bar Institute’s 27th Annual National Institute on White Collar Crime, March 2013; “Defending the White Collar Case” – Course Planner and Panelist, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, March 2012; “Retention of Counsel, the Search, and Investigating the Case”– Instructor, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers’ First Annual White Collar Criminal Defense College at Stetson University College of Law, March 2012; “Ethical Issues: Who is the Client? Should Your Client Face the Media?” – Panelist, Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s Protecting Our Children, 2012; “Jumping on the Media Bandwagon: Unsafe at Any Speed?”– Co-Author, The Legal Intelligencer, February 2012; “A Holiday Gift: An Ethical Culture for Your Firm and Clients”– Co-Author, The Legal Intelligencer, December 2011; “The Future of Sentencing: Rhetoric and Reality”– Panelist, University of Pennsylvania Law Review Symposium, October 2011; “Blue Collar Tactics in White Collar Cases” – Co-Author, The Champion, September 2011; “Make Probation a Real Option at Sentencing”– Author, Federal Sentencing Reporter, April 2011; “Play Ball! Resolving Potential Conflicts in U.S. v. Clemens”– Co-Author, The Legal Intelligencer, February 2011; “Criminal Tax Cases: Hot Buttons and Hot Topics”– Program Chair and Moderator, American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section CLE, 2011; “From Push to Shove: Defending Against Higher Sentences”– Panelist, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers’ First Annual West Coast White Collar Conference ‘Turning the Tables on the Government,’ 2011; “Investigation, Disclosure, Truth & Falsity: The Ethical Duties of Counseland the Courts” – Panelist, American Bar Association, Section of Litigation and Criminal Justice Section Annual CLE Conference, 2011; “Honest Services Fraud: A Rose by Any Other Name,”Co-Author, American Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Magazine, Fall 2010; “How to Get Clients to Eat Their Spinach”– Author, American Bar Association’s Litigation Journal, August 2009; “From Jones to Rita, Gall and Kimbrough: The Supreme Court Gives Sentencing Back to the District Courts” – Author, White Collar Crime, Andrews Litigation Reporter, May 2008

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    Suite 1500
    Philadelphia, PA 19107

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