Ellen L. Ratigan


Ellen L. Ratigan

Assistant General Counsel

Philadelphia | Cira Centre, 2929 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA, United States of America 19104-2808
+1 215 994 2534 | +1 215 994 2222


As assistant general counsel, Ellen L. Ratigan works closely with Dechert’s general counsel and the firm’s lawyers and personnel to create and implement risk management and compliance procedures, resolve conflicts of interest, advise on issues involving firm policies and internal controls, handle professional responsibility matters, and draft and negotiate commercial contracts and policies.

Ms. Ratigan was previously an associate in the firm’s white collar, securities and complex commercial litigation group.  She also has substantial experience in pro bono work, including arguing two civil rights cases before the Third Circuit and representing clients in other civil rights and habeas corpus cases in the federal courts. 

Prior to joining Dechert, Ms. Ratigan clerked for the Honorable D. Michael Fisher on the Third Circuit and the Honorable J. Curtis Joyner on the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

  • University of Pennsylvania, B.A., 2007, cum laude, with Distinction in History
  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D., 2012, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, Comments Editor, University of Pennsylvania Law Review
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, Honorable D. Michael Fisher
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Honorable J. Curtis Joyner