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Ellen M. Bandel is a member of the Labor and Employment practice, advising unionized and union-free employers on all aspects of labor and employment law. Specifically, Ellen counsels employers on a range of workplace issues including recruitment; development of handbooks and employment policies; employee performance and discipline; administering paid and unpaid time off policies and leaves of absence; compliance with wage and hour and disability accommodation laws; proper handling of employee complaints; workplace audits and investigations; workforce reductions; and mitigating risk associated with employee terminations. Ellen has wide-ranging experience advising employers on compliance with employment legislation “trending” at the state and local level, including paid sick leave laws, legalization of medical and recreational marijuana, pre-employment restrictions relating to use of criminal history or prior salary information, predictable work schedule requirements, and paid medical leaves.

Ellen also represents clients in federal, state, and local administrative proceedings. Additionally, she assists government contractors subject to requirements of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs’ (OFCCP) with the design and implementation of affirmative action programs and navigating the compliance review process.


  • Wage and hour compliance
  • Employment counseling and management training
  • Employment audits and risk mitigation
  • Affirmative action programs



  • Represented Crestview Partners in connection with the acquisition of Emerald EMS, an electronics manufacturing services provider specializing in high-mix, low-volume engineering, design, prototyping, testing, assembly and lifecycle support services for blue-chip original equipment manufacturers across a range of end markets.
  • Employment Counsel, Victory Automotive Group, 2017-2018
  • Intern, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
  • Intern, Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of New York
  • Intern, Litigation Bureau, Office of the New York State Attorney General
  • Intern, Policy Department, The Innocence Project

Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, "Ones to Watch," Labor and Employment Law - Management, 2021-2024
  • Member, American Bar Association


  • J.D., Washington University in St. Louis School of Law, 2011
    • Primary Editor, Washington University Journal of Law & Policy
  • B.A., cum laude, Fordham University, 2006
  • California
  • New York