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Ellen Giarratana

Phone: 303-578-4400

Fax: 303-578-4401



Ellen is an attorney at Rathod | Mohamedbhai LLC whose practice focuses on civil rights and employment discrimination litigation. Prior to joining Rathod Mohamedbhai, Ellen clerked at the Colorado Court of Appeals for the Honorable Stephanie E. Dunn.
She then moved to Jackson, Mississippi to work at the Southern Poverty Law Center, where she advocated for policy change at the state capitol and represented individuals convicted under Mississippi’s harsh three strikes law who were eligible for parole, as well as geriatric prisoners seeking conditional release.


Ellen remained in her home state to attend the University of Colorado where she earned her bachelor’s degree in political science and Russian studies. She went on to graduate Order of the Coif from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law in 2016, earning a certificate in constitutional rights and remedies. During law school, she represented state and federal incarcerated individuals in civil rights actions at a local non-profit and through the University of Denver’s Civil Rights Clinic. Ellen also served as a legal extern for the Honorable Christine M. Arguello of the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado and the Honorable Gregory J. Hobbs Jr. of the Colorado Supreme Court.



Before moving to Mississippi, Ellen was a member of the Rhone Brackett Inn of Court and chairperson of its Community Service Committee, where she organized clothing drives and paint-a-thons with Brothers Redevelopment. She also served on the executive committee for the formation of the Justice Sonia Sotomayor Inn of Court. When traveling, Ellen incorporates Habitat for Humanity’s Global Village Program into her plans and has helped build homes in Zambia, Nicaragua, and Nepal.


  • Colorado
  • Mississippi
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern and Southern Districts of Mississippi
  • U.S. District Court – District of Colorado


  • Colorado Bar Association Legislative Policy Committee
  • American Constitutional Society Path to the Bench Initiative
  • Colorado Women’s Bar Associate Public Policy Committee
  • Justice Sonia Sotomayor Inn of Court
  • Law School Yes We Can Mentorship Program