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One South Broad Street, Suite 1500
Philadelphia, PA 19107
United States
(215) 609.3247

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Ellen C. Brotman, Esq. is the founder of BrotmanLaw in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Her practice focuses on professional responsibility, and ethics, investigations, white collar criminal defense and appellate advocacy.  Ms Brotman has represented lawyers before the Disciplinary Board of Pennsylvania for over 20 years and has defended a wide variety of criminal cases, including political and public corruption, corporate securities fraud, tax fraud, money laundering, currency structuring and other white-collar crimes involving complex trial, sentencing and appellate issues. Prior to starting BrotmanLaw, Ellen C. Brotman was a partner at Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads LLP where she defended criminal cases in federal courts, oversaw investigations, and represented professionals in state disciplinary proceedings. From 1995 to 1998, as an assistant federal defender with the Defender Association of Philadelphia, Ms Brotman provided criminal defense for indigent clients in federal court at trial and appellate levels. Before coming to Philadelphia, she served as a law clerk to Hon. Lee P. Gagliardi, United States District Judge, Southern District of New York.Ellen C. Brotman is a frequent writer and speaker about criminal defense and professional responsibility related matters. She is a past board member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and currently sits on the board of the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, where she serves on the Publications and Amicus Committees as well as the Lawyers’ Assistance Task Force.  Ms Brotman also sits on the Professional Guidance Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association and the Professional Responsibility Committee of the Pennsylvania Bar Association. Ms Brotman has been recognized by Best Lawyers® / The Best Lawyers in America© and SuperLawyers® since 2007 in the area of criminal defense and has served on the boards of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. In 2014, she was one of the Legal Intelligencer’s Women of the Year. Ellen C. Brotman is Chair of the Board of the People’s Emergency Center Foundation in Philadelphia, an organization dedicated to improving the lives of homeless families.Based in Center City, Philadelphia, BrotmanLaw was founded by owner, attorney Ellen C. Brotman in March 2017. Our firm practices include, Professional Responsibility & Ethics, Criminal Defense and Appellate Advocacy. We are licensed to practice in Pennsylvania and New York and have over thirty years of experience, including handling representations before the Disciplinary Board of Pennsylvania, providing ethics advice and representing individuals in a wide-variety of high-profile white-collar cases.BrotmanLaw is certified as a Women’s Business Enterprise by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), the nation’s largest third-party certifier of the businesses owned and operated by women in the U.S.In 2017, Ellen launched her first blog: PA Legal Ethics

Daniel Austin is a Certified Fraud Examiner and Associate Member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Information Technology and Management Information Systems. He retired from General Electric after 25 years in executive management with roles in Information Technology (Chief Information Officer with GE Plastics and GE Capital), Compliance (Audit/Sarbanes-Oxley Leader at GE Corporate), Quality (Certified Quality Leader and Master Blackbelt with GE Corporate), Operations and Sales (Vice President, National Sales and Operations with GE Capital). Mr. Austin now brings his extensive executive management experience to his role as Chief Operations Officer at BrotmanLaw.


Ellen C. Brotman
Founder & Owner



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Ellen C Brotman
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Firm Practice Areas

  • Appellate Practice
  • Criminal Defense: General Practice
  • Criminal Defense: White-Collar
  • Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law

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