Ellen C. Wu is Special Counsel in the Long Beach office and is a member of the Labor, Employment and Personnel Practice Group. Ellen has more than seven years of experience in the area of labor and employment law, and she represents and advises school and community college districts in all aspects of labor, employment and personnel matters. Ellen handles certificated and classified discipline matters on behalf of districts, including teacher dismissal hearings before the Office of Administrative Hearings, and classified suspension and dismissal hearings before a hearing officer, arbitrator, or Personnel Commission. She also regularly represents districts before the Public Employment Relations Board, including defending against unfair practice charges and assisting in representation matters. Ellen also advises and assists school districts regarding lawful responses to strike activity, including seeking injunctive relief where necessary. She also advises regarding retirement matters arising under CalSTRS and CalPERS.
Prior to joining Dannis Woliver Kelley, Ellen was a Regional Attorney for almost three years at the Public Employment Relations Board, where she investigated and processed unfair practice charges, mediated unfair practice complaints and contract disputes, investigated and issued determinations in representation matters, and litigated in trial and appellate courts in defense of Board decisions.