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Ellen M. Tipping Attorney at Law
Irvine Office
Partner
714-953-2227
714-972-1404 fax

Las Vegas Office
(702) 360-3956
(702) 360-3957 fax

etipping@murchisonlaw.com
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Bar Admissions

  • California, 1991
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 1992
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1992
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California, 1993
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1993
  • Nevada, 2005
  • U.S. District Court District of Nevada, 2008

Education

  • Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, California (J.D., 1991)
    • Member, St. Thomas More Law Honor Society
    • Recipient, American Jurisprudence Award in Trial Advocacy
    • Law Review: Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review, Participant, 1989 - 1990
    • Law Review: Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review, Participant, 1990 - 1991
  • California State University, Northridge (B.A., cum laude, 1981)

Ellen M. Tipping

Ellen M. Tipping is a Partner in the Irvine office of Murchison & Cumming, LLP. Ms. Tipping handles business and commercial litigation of all kinds, through trial and appeal, with a specialty in employment law, providing advice, counsel and representation to employers. Her practice also includes bad faith and professional liability defense, D&O, breaches of fiduciary duties, and healthcare law. 

Ms. Tipping's employment work includes defending employers in wage and hour class actions, as well as in discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination and retaliation lawsuits in both state and federal court. She also counsels employers on issues including federal and state medical and family leave laws, employee disciplinary matters, disability and accommodation, state and federal wage and hour laws, development of handbooks and policies, and defense of investigations and charges by enforcement agencies.

Ms. Tipping is "AV" rated by Martindale-Hubbell and she is admitted to practice in both California and Nevada, where she practices in both state and federal courts.

Ms. Tipping regularly speaks on business and employment law issues to Human Resources professionals and managers, and writes frequently on topics and developments in the area of employment law. Her speaking engagements include presentations on investigation of discrimination claims, management of employee disability and reasonable accommodation, and California Leave Laws, to the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). Ms. Tipping has also presented a monthly review of employment case developments from the "defense perspective" to the Employment Section of the Orange County Bar Association (2004 and 2005), Wage & Hour Basics and California and Federal Leave Laws for Sterling Education (2007 and 2008). She has provided numerous education in-services on management of wage & hour issues and other topics such as reasonable accommodation of disabilities, as requested by clients.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Orange County Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Defense Research Institute, Employment & Labor Law Steering Committee; Chair, Employment & Labor Law In-House Quarterly
  • Association of Southern California Defense Counsel
  • Society for Human Resource Management

 

Published Works

  • Co-Author "Just What the Doctor Ordered? Tips for Employee Wellness Programs," USLAW Magazine, Spring/Summer 2015
  • “Internship Programs Safe for Savvy Companies -- "No making copies or fetching coffee. We do that for ourselves.", DRI Employment Law Newsletter, Summer 2014
  • "New Legislation for 2013," Murchison & Cumming, LLP, Employment Brief, Winter 2013
  • "Tweeting for Customers: Company and Employee Battle on Ownership of Social Media Following," Murchison & Cumming, LLP, Employment Brief, Summer 2012
  • "Costs for Misclassifcation of Independent Contractors Worsen," Murchison & Cumming, LLP, Employment Brief, Winter 2012
  • "New Guidance from the DOL for Lactation Accommodation and Comparable California Law," Murchison & Cumming, LLP, Employment Brief, Fall 2010
  • “Partial Day Absences and the Exempt Employee: DLSE Issues Opinion on Allowable Deductions from Leave Banks,” Murchison & Cumming, LLP, Employment Brief, Spring, 2010;
  • “Brinker: Strong Reactions to Ruling on Meal Periods, Cotkin & Collins' Employment Law Newsletter, September 2008;
  • “You May Provide the Blackberry, But That Doesn’t Mean You Can Monitor The Text Messages,” Cotkin & Collins' Legal Update, July 2008;
  • “Lonicki v. Sutter Health; Medical Condition for CFRA Leave May Depend on Work ‘Environment’,” Cotkin & Collins' Employment Law Newsletter, June 2008;
  • “Ensure Independent Contractors Qualify for that Label – Some Questions to Ask,” Cotkin & Collins' Employment Law Newsletter, March 2008;
  • “Class (Action) Warfare Erupts Over the Calculation of Hospital Overtime: How Should ‘3/12’ Employees be Paid?” Cotkin & Collins' Legal Update, November 2005;
  • “Employers, Take Care with Background Check Disclosures,” Cotkin, Collins & Ginsburg's Legal Update, August 2004;
  • “A Roadmap to Enforceable Argument to Arbitrate Employment Disputes,” Cotkin, Collins & Ginsburg's Legal Update, May 2003;
  • “The Employer’s Duty to Engage with Disabled Employees,” The Risk Management Newsletter, February 2002;
  • “Aiding the Disabled,” Los Angeles Daily Journal, October 10, 2001;
  • “Disability Policies: California Supreme Court Considering Whether Incontestability Clause Trumps Coverage Limitations,” Cotkin & Collins' Legal Update, Fall 1999;
  • “Court Dispels Notion That Employer Must be Correct in Belief that Sexual Harassment Occurred,” Cotkin & Collins' Legal Update, Winter 1996

 

Classes/Seminars Taught

  • Panel Judge, "National Civil Trial Competition", 2003
  • Panel Judge, "National Civil Trial Competition", 2005
  • Panel Judge, "National Civil Trial Competition", 2007