Arizona Lawyers
Ellman Law Group: (L-R) Karen Hartman-Tellez, Rob Ellman, Kate Hofland

Ellman Law Group has the experience and judgment required to usher you from conflict to resolution on the most favorable terms. We offer superior legal representation in all phases of state and federal litigation, from well-crafted demand letters to compelling appellate arguments. Our diverse background extends to commercial, governmental, civil, and criminal matters.


Litigation and Courtroom Advocacy

We are accomplished litigators with outstanding records of success in hard-fought cases. Few attorneys have won as many consequential legal victories in such a diverse assortment of cases. As Solicitor General for the State of Arizona, Rob Ellman supervised dozens of prosecutors and civil litigators, personally briefing and arguing some of Arizona’s most difficult and controversial cases.  Karen Hartman-Tellez has spent her career litigating matters involving constitutional and civil rights that impact not just the litigants, but also the broader community.

We earned our professional standing and reputations through long and distinguished careers representing corporations, private individuals, governmental entities, and public officials in courts across the United States, from Arizona Superior Courts to the United States Supreme Court.

Analysis and Advice

Ellman Law Group offers the practical and insightful perspective that only years of experience can provide. We are premier litigators, but we know that litigation is rarely the best way to resolve a dispute. Even if you have been served with a summons or committed yourself to legal action, we do not impulsively prepare cost-prohibitive court filings and square off with opposing counsel. Effective advocacy requires an understanding of the facts and circumstances, the financial and practical implications of legal action, and the laws that control any court-imposed outcome. With knowledge of the strengths and weaknesses of your case, we can identify and implement cost-effective options to bring quicker, better results. Our consultation enables you to make informed decisions.

Appeals and Appellate Consultation

Ellman Law Group offers superior representation in appellate courts and expert consultation for practitioners who need assistance in evaluating an appeal of preparing for oral argument.

Rob Ellman is among the most experienced and highly regarded appellate practitioners in Arizona. He has briefed hundreds of appeals in the Ninth Circuit, the Arizona Supreme Court, the Arizona Court of Appeals, and other federal courts, including the United States Supreme Court. He has argued approximately 100 cases in these same courts. He has taught appellate advocacy and brief writing at the National Advocacy Center and the Arizona Appellate Practice Institute.

Karen Hartman-Tellez is an experienced appellate practitioner who has successfully litigated appeals in Arizona and federal appellate courts.  She has briefed dozens of appellate matters, including briefs to the United States Supreme Court in voting rights and civil rights cases.  As a former judicial clerk for a Justice of the Arizona Supreme Court, she has unique insight into the appellate process.

Our appellate consultation includes evaluation of likely appellate outcomes, guidance in perfecting an appeal, editing briefs, and motions, assistance preparing the record materials and exhibits, and conducting moot court exercises.

Constitutional and Civil Rights

We have robust experience in constitutional and civil rights litigation, ranging from employment discrimination to voting rights. Rob Ellman has invaluable experience representing Arizona public officials in high-profile, extremely sensitive matters, including challenges to Arizona’s constitutional and statutory marriage laws, restrictions on abortion, voting rights, open meeting and public records laws, and education requirements. Throughout her career, Karen Hartman-Tellez has focused on constitutional and civil rights litigation, including representing media entities in First Amendment cases, representing voters and elections officials in voting rights matters, and investigating and resolving claims of discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations. In addition, Karen regularly advises clients on matters involving public records and open meetings and has litigated dozens of public records cases in Arizona trial and appellate courts.


Rob Ellman has 20 years of experience representing the government in criminal cases. He has litigated every type of felony case from white collar fraud to capital murder, representing the United States and the State of Arizona in pretrial hearings, jury trials, appeals, post-conviction proceedings, and federal habeas corpus review. He has trained federal and state prosecutors on appellate advocacy, professional ethics, creating a record on appeal, and effective brief writing.


Rob Ellman has significant experience in the area of education law and policy. Rob has litigated high stakes education matters including those related to a federal court’s monitoring and appointment of a special master in a longstanding dispute over desegregation and education opportunity issues, claims that Arizona law regarding ethnic studies violated the constitutional rights of minority students, and the constitutionality of Arizona’s community college governing board electoral framework.

Karen Hartman-Tellez has substantial experience representing Arizona’s state education-related entities including the Superintendent of Public Instruction and Arizona Department of Education, the Arizona State Board for Charter Schools, the Arizona Schools for the Deaf and Blind, and the Arizona School Facilities Board. In her role as Chief Counsel of the Arizona Attorney General’s Education Unit, Karen advised clients on school finance, student assessments, empowerment scholarship accounts, special education issues, and many other education policy matters.

Elections and Voting Rights

Karen Hartman-Tellez has extensive experience in elections and voting rights matters. She has represented plaintiffs challenging Arizona’s requirements for documentary proof of citizenship for voter registration and ID at the polls. For a decade she represented local and state elections officials in nomination petition challenges, voting rights lawsuits, election contests, recount actions, and actions challenging various Arizona election procedures. That representation has included trying two voting rights matters in federal court and serving as counsel in appeals of both of those cases, including arguing two emergency appeals in successive weeks immediately before the 2016 general election. In addition, she was the Arizona statewide coordinator for the non-partisan Election Protection program in 2008, where she recruited, trained, and deployed dozens of attorneys and non-attorney volunteers to assist voters at polling places and through a hotline.

Rob Ellman also has substantial election law experience, including almost two years in which he supervised the AGO’s election attorneys as the Solicitor General. That supervision was frequently intense, involving time-sensitive, hotly contested matters of jurisdiction and constitutional challenges. He also personally argued election and voting rights cases in the Arizona appellate courts and the Ninth Circuit. As General Counsel to the Arizona House of Representatives, he gained additional expertise in election and voting rights issues during the 2016 primary and general election cycles.

Ethics and Professionalism

Rob Ellman defends attorneys in disciplinary actions and provides ethics and professionalism training. Mr. Ellman has considerable background in the rules of professional responsibility, particularly when applied to trial prosecutors. He served as the designated professional responsibility officer in the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Nevada, supervised the ethics officer at the Arizona Attorney General’s Office, and has submitted commentary to the Arizona Supreme Court on amendments to the Court’s ethical rules.


Litigation is emotionally charged. Your adversaries are usually invested in their position with little regard for the facts or the law, while their attorneys are frequently focused on winning rather than fairness. We have often torn down the wall that separates adversaries from reality. Our experience has consistently shown that swift success depends on problem solving, not accusatory rhetoric. We communicate, in understandable and compelling terms, the mutually beneficial reasons to resolve the matter on your terms. We identify workable solutions without compromising your goals or your legal position.

Public Sector Law

Ellman Law Group has decades of experience representing state, local, and federal governments. We understand and appreciate the unique considerations that arise when governments are thrown into litigation, including the policy and resource issues. Governments can trust us to prosecute or defend civil actions effectively and efficiently.