Ellen Lubell has built her practice on a breadth of experience advising creative people and organizations. Specializing in non-profit law and intellectual property law, her clients range from universities, publishers, civic-minded start-ups and small businesses, to individual artists and academic faculty. See samples of representative engagements below.
Over the past 25 years, Ellen has served as a health lawyer at the Boston firm of Goulston & Storrs, as Counsel for Research & Technology Transfer at UMass Medical Center, and as General Counsel at Education Development Center. In her current practice, she supports clients across the U.S. and globally.
Ellen’s experience has enabled her to develop a keen understanding of the legal and business challenges facing charities and other non-profit organizations, particularly in times of diminishing resources. From establishing corporate entities and obtaining “501(c)(3)” tax exempt status, to advising on governance, regulatory compliance and dissolution, she has the depth of experience required to assist a wide range of non-profit boards and managers.
Ellen's intellectual property expertise - primarily in copyright - extends from traditional print and photographic media to digital works, multimedia and software. She advises individual and institutional clients seeking to protect their creations and make them more widely accessible to the public, typically through licensing agreements. In addition, she negotiates strategic alliances for academic publishers and multimedia companies, as they expand their reach across the U.S. and abroad while preserving their intellectual property rights.
• Humanitarian post-conflict development in Afghanistan: Provided counsel for establishment of a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit organization to provide humanitarian post-conflict development, create new educational infrastructure and promote the rights of women and girls in Afghanistan.
• Fitness programs and health education for low income Boston residents: Advised nationally-recognized wellness instructor in launching an organization to provide fitness programs and healthy lifestyle awareness education to prevent diabetes and heart disease and eliminate disparities associated with race and income.
• Gaming focused on diversity and inclusion training: Structured and negotiated a collaboration between a diversity consulting firm and a mobile gaming company to develop a game application focused on creating a diverse workforce and inclusive work environment.
• Increased access to digitized scholarly works: Represented several libraries and academic journals on projects involving the digitization and archiving of collections for scholarly research, preservation and public access.
• Traveling museum exhibition: Advised an archaeological museum on a collaboration involving the creation of synthetic replicas of Pre-Columbian monuments for a traveling exhibition, using digital files from the museum’s collection.
• Enabling online access to education: Represented a multimedia design firm in negotiating an agreement with a life sciences foundation to develop an innovative
e-textbook on biological science.
Ellen offers a 15-20 minute complimentary consultation.
For me Ellen is the perfect lawyer. She is responsive, can understand handle high level issues, is attentive to detail and gives practical advice. She doesn’t over lawyer a problem, but she also works hard to make sure that my objectives are satisfied and my interests are protected. I have benefited greatly from her professionalism and enjoy her easygoing and collaborative nature.
Vernā Myers Consulting Group, LLC,
Diversity Management Consulting
• Harvard Law School (JD, 1985)
• Princeton University
(BA, Phi Beta Kappa, 1981)
• Massachusetts Bar
• U.S. District Court for the District
• U.S. Court of Appeals
District of Columbia Circuit
• U.S. Supreme Court
Professional & Community Involvement
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