Ellen C. Bognar

Ellen C. Bognar

Meet Ellen

Ellen Bognar has been practicing law for nearly a decade. As a powerful advocate for the injured, she has worked on various medical malpractice cases, and is especially passionate about nursing home care. She thrives when doing the necessary detective work in these cases; uncovering the full story in order to deliver justice for the elderly. On medical malpractice cases, she enjoys partnering with health experts to study the world of medicine, and the effects that certain drugs can have on patients.

Her clients describe her as sympathetic, caring, and a natural relationship-builder. She knows that no two cases, clients or circumstances are alike, and treats each case with specialized attention. Ellen is licensed to represent clients in Florida and Virginia.

Originally from Miami, Ellen moved to Charlottesville for law school and decided to stay. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking the mountains around Charlottesville, reading, and swimming with her young son.


  • Trial Attorney, Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen (2020 – Present)
  • Lecturer, University of Virginia School of Law (2017-Present)
  • Associate, Michie Hamlett Lowry Rasmussen & Tweel, PLLC (2016-2020)
  • Associate, Law Offices of Robert W. Carter, Jr. (2011-2015)
  • Judicial Clerk, Third District Court of Appeals, Miami, FL (2009-2010)
  • Summer Associate, Seyfarth Shaw (2008)
  • Judicial Intern, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California (2007)
  • Writing Center Instructor, Miami Dade College (2005-2006)
  • Substitute Instructor, Miami Dade College English Dept. (2003-2006)

Bar Admissions

  • Licensed to practice in the Commonwealth of Virginia, state of Florida, Western District of Virginia, and Southern District of Florida


  • Juris Doctor, University of Virginia School of Law (2009)
  • Bachelor of Art in History and Theatre, Williams College (2001)


  • Virginia Super Lawyers Rising Star, Personal Injury (2019)
  • Virginia Lawyers Weekly Largest Verdicts #9 (2016)
  • Virginia Lawyers Weekly Largest Verdicts #6 (2012)

Professional Affiliations

  • American Association for Justice
    • Women Trial Lawyers Caucus (WTLC)
    • WTLC Leadership Summit Committee
    • Birth Trauma Litigation Group
    • Medical Negligence Information Exchange Group
    • Nursing Homes Litigation Group
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Charlottesville Albemarle Bar Association
  • Nominating Committee, Women Lawyers Section, Civil Litigation Section

Speaking Engagements

  • CLE Presenter, National Business Institute (NBI), “Demonstrative Evidence” (2018)

COVID-19 update

  • March 27, 2020
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