Ellen Peterson

Senior Staff Attorney

Ellen Peterson is a Senior Staff Attorney in the Consumer Law Unit. She represents homeowners facing foreclosure and consumers with debt collection matters in D.C. Superior Court.

Prior to joining Legal Aid in October 2018, Ellen was an associate at Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP, where she represented employees in discrimination and medical leave cases. She also served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Ronna Lee Beck of the D.C. Superior Court.

Ellen received her J.D., cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School, where she worked as an advanced student attorney in the Michigan Clinical Law Program and received the International Academy of Trial Lawyers Student Advocacy Award for courtroom advocacy. She also served as an intern for the New York Legal Aid Society Prisoners’ Rights Project, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and the Federal Defender Office in Detroit. Prior to law school, Ellen served in AmeriCorps, where she worked to reduce employment barriers for individuals with criminal records. She received her B.A., magna cum laude, from Carleton College.

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J.D., cum laude, University of Michigan Law School
B.A., magna cum laude, Carleton College


Email: epeterson@legalaiddc.org
Phone: (202) 386-6690
Fax: (202) 727-2132