Ella O’Leary joined Relman Colfax in 2021 as a civil rights paralegal, supporting the firm’s civil rights litigation and civil rights counseling practices.
Ella joins Relman Colfax from Troutman Pepper Hamilton Sanders LLP in Boston. As an experienced paralegal in the intellectual property sector, Ella handled complex case management for ITC and district court litigations. In addition to assisting attorneys and clients with deadlines, Ella helped administer case initiation and filings, discovery, trial support and appeals processes. Ella also volunteered pro bono for immigration matters during her tenure at Troutman Pepper.
Ella graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2017 with a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science and Russian Studies, and a minor in International Affairs. Ella is a recipient of the Malcolm and Virginia Endowed Prize for superior development and performance in the Russian Department. During college, she interned at Open World Leadership Center as a communications and research aide. In that role, she prepared position copy for the former Ambassador to Kyrgyzstan to present at various panel-based academic forums, and facilitated conversations between program delegates and Hill staffers to promote democracy and professional partnerships with post-Soviet states. At UNH, Ella worked as a Teaching and Research Assistant to Colonel Lionel Ingram, which brought her to West Point Military Academy to present a policy paper on Economic Inequality in the Russian Federation as part of the annual National Student Conference on United States Affairs.
In Boston, Ella helped students prepare for their naturalization exam at the Irish International Immigrant Center, and enjoyed volunteering for the Prison Book Program and local Food Pantry.
In her free time, Ella enjoys playing instruments, trying new recipes, and hiking with her Australian Shepherd, Finn.