Michael Ellement

Michael Ellement

Washington, District of Columbia

Prior to joining Bernabei & Kabat, Mr. Ellement worked as an attorney for the National Labor Relations Board, Office of General Counsel, where he represented the rights of workers who were discriminated against in violation of federal law. He litigated complex matters in federal courts throughout the country. He argued before the 2nd, 5th, and DC Circuits, and in several district court proceedings.

Before working at the NLRB, Mr. Ellement clerked for the Honorable Judge Ivan L.R. Lemelle of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Lousiana, in New Orleans.

Mr. Ellement is an accomplished author and legal scholar in the areas of constitutional law, election law, civil rights litigation, and labor law. His work has appeared in a number of prominent legal journals, including the Yale Law and Policy Reviewer's Inter Alia and the American Bar Association's Labor and Employment Law Journal. He has been cited in journal articles, legal briefs, textbooks, and before the United States Senate.

Mr. Ellement is a 2013 graduate of the Catholic University of America, where he was a member of the school's law review. He additionally was a member of the Trial and Moot Court teams, and won two national competitions – the 2012 Wechsler Moot Court hosted by the University of Buffalo (which focused on criminal and constitutional law) and the 2013 National Ethics Trial Competition hosted by the University of the Pacific (which focused on legal ethics and evidence law).

He is also a 2010 graduate of Siena College. At graduation he was awarded Siena's two highest student honors, the Fr. Mensing Award and Senior Service Award.

Mr. Ellement has been admitted to the Maryland bar and is not admitted in Washington, D.C.. He is currently practicing under the supervision of Lynne Bernabei, Alan Kabat, and Peter Whelan.

Michael Ellement represents clients in employment and civil rights litigation. He has handled cases involving wrongful termination, breach of contract, whistleblower retaliation, and unlawful discrimination.

Areas of Practice

  • Employment Law
  • Civil Rights Law
  • Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Maryland


  • Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, Washington, District of Columbia - 2013
  • Siena College - 2010
    • Honors: Fr. Mensing Award
    • Honors: Senior Service Award

Published Works

  • The Supreme Court Meets a Gridlocked Congress , e George Washington Law Review Arguendo, Volume 84:115, 2016
  • Blocking the Ballot: Why Florida's New Voting Restrictions Demonstrate a Need for Continued Enforcement of the Voting Rights Act Preclearance Requirement, Catholic University Law Review, Volume 62 Issue 2, 2013
  • nfranchising Persons with Disabilities: Continuing Problems, an Old Statute, and a New Litigation Strategy, Thurgood Marshall Law Review, Volume 39:29, 2013
  • The New Voter Suppression: Why the Voting Rights Act Still Matters, The Scholar, Volume 15:261, 2013
  • Preclearance Without Statutory Change: Bail-In Suits Post-Shelby County, Policy Review Inter Alia, 2013

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association, Member, 2017 - Present