The Kelman Buescher Firm, P.C.
Protecting Rocky Mountain Workers and Their Unions Since 1967
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    Employment Contracts & Noncompetes

    Employment Discrimination


    Labor Law

    Overtime and Wage Violations

    Wage and Hour Disputes

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    The Kelman Buescher Firm 
    600 Grant Street, Suite 825 
    Denver, CO 80203 
    Phone: 303-333-7751 

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  • Ellen Kelman

    Denver, Colorado

    Ellen M. Kelman. Born in 1954 at Glen Cove, New York. Ms. Kelman attended Radcliffe College and graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa in 1976. She then attended, concurrently the Kennedy School of Government and the Harvard Law School. She received Master of Public Policy and Juris Doctor degrees in 1980, both cum laude.

    She is admitted to practice in Colorado and before the United States District Court for the District of Colorado, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.

    Ms. Kelman published a lengthy article on American labor law history in the St. John's Law Review in 1980, and an article on welfare policy in Dissent in 1977. She has lectured at a conference on Law and Society in Boston; at the Industrial Relations Research Association; at the Conference on Critical Legal Studies in Washington, D.C.; and before the American Bar Association and various labor groups concerning issues arising under the National Labor Relations Act, equal employment opportunity laws and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). She is fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, selected by labor law peers as among pre-eminent lawyers in the field.

    In addition to practicing all aspects of employment law, including issues raised by the ERISA, Ms. Kelman has represented unions and ERISA qualified trusts in approximately a dozen bankruptcy cases in the District of Colorado.  She has been qualified as an expert witness on ERISA representation in federal court.  Ms. Kelman's aggressive representation of clients with disputes over such matters as disability, retirement and medical benefits has resulted in favorable outcomes against some of America's largest corporations and insurers.

    She has three children, two sons and a daughter.

    Areas of Practice

    • ERISA
    • Employment Law -- Employee
    • Labor Law -- Union

    Bar Admissions

    • Colorado, 1980
    • U.S. District Court District of Colorado
    • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit
    • U.S. Supreme Court, 1989


    • Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts
      • Juris Doctor cum laude - 1980
    • Kennedy School of Government
      • Master of Public Policy cum laude
    • Radcliffe College - 1976
      • Honors: magna cum laude
      • Honors: Phi Beta Kappa

    Published Works

    • American labor law History, St. John's Law Review, 1980
    • Welfare Policy, Dissent, 1977


    • Lecturer, Conference on Critical Legal Studies, Washington, D.C., 1988 - Present

    Professional Associations and Memberships

    • College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, Fellow
    • Recognized by Best Lawyers in America, 2009 - 2016
    • Colorado Super Lawyers®, Employment & Labor, 2017

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