Former Arizona Solicitor General
Former General Counsel for the Arizona House of Representatives
Former Appellate Chief, U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Nevada
Rob Ellman has practiced law since 1985. He earned his J.D. from Cornell Law School and practiced with Hale & Dorr (now Wilmer Hale) before moving to Arizona in 1990. He has 22 years of distinguished state and federal public service as a litigator, supervising attorney, and as an adviser to four Arizona Attorneys General and three United States Attorneys.
Most recently, Rob was General Counsel to the Arizona House of Representatives, where he advised the majority caucus leadership on innumerable legal issues and policy decisions. Before that, he served as Solicitor General for the State of Arizona; as Chief Counsel of the United States Attorney’s Appellate Division for the District of Nevada; and as Unit Chief in the Arizona Attorney General’s Capital Litigation Section.
He has been lead counsel in hundreds of appeals in Arizona courts and the Ninth Circuit, and he has trained countless attorneys (mostly prosecutors) in the areas of appellate advocacy, professionalism, and trial practice.
Karen Hartman-Tellez has practiced law in Arizona for nearly twenty years in the area of civil litigation involving constitutional, civil rights, education, employment, media, and political law issues. Practicing both in the private sector and as an attorney for state and local governments, she has litigated matters in state and federal trial and appellate courts, administrative tribunals, and tribal courts.
Most recently, Karen served as Chief Counsel for the Arizona Attorney General’s Education Unit, where she represented Arizona’s state education-related agencies and officials. She also worked in the Attorney General’s Agency Counsel Section, representing state agencies in matters ranging from public records to voting rights. For four years, Karen served as Chief Counsel for the Arizona Civil Rights Division, overseeing investigations of claims of discrimination in employment, housing, voting, and public accommodations.
Before joining the Office of the Attorney General, Karen was Assistant General Counsel in the Maricopa County Office of General Litigation Services, where she represented the County and its officials in a wide variety of matters, including public records issues, elections litigation, and employment cases. Karen also spent several years in private practice at the law firm of Steptoe & Johnson, where her practice focused on media, constitutional, civil rights, and federal Indian law.
Karen graduated magna cum laude from the College of Law at Arizona State University, where she served as Articles Editor for the Arizona State Law Journal and won the Dean’s Award for Academic Merit. After obtaining her law degree, she completed a judicial clerkship with the Honorable Ruth V. McGregor, Vice Chief Justice of the Arizona Supreme Court.
Paralegal and Office Manager
Kate Hofland began working with Ellman Law Group in 2018 and has worked as a paralegal since 2013. She worked at the Arizona Attorney General’s Office in the Education and Health Section and the Financial Remedies Section. Prior to being a paralegal, Kate was an educator.