Ellen C. Rains

Associate || New Orleans

Ellen’s practice focuses on representing employers in a variety of employment law matters. A skilled litigator, Ellen devotes a substantial amount of her practice to employment litigation. She defends employers in administrative proceedings before the EEOC and other government agencies, and in litigation at the state and federal court level with respect to employment discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims, as well as restrictive covenant, wage and hour, and other contract- and tort-based actions. Ellen Rains is a member of the employment law, higher education, and leaves of absence/reasonable accommodation practice groups. Ellen also has experience conducting workplace investigations.

Prior to joining the firm, Ellen represented clients in a variety of litigation matters including securities class action, complex commercial litigation, and creditors’ rights and bankruptcy. Ellen received her Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Alabama, where she graduated magna cum laude and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Ellen received her law degree from the University of Virginia, where she was the president of the Virginia Law Women. She served as the First Round Presiding Justice for the William Minor Lile Moot Court Competition.

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Representative Cases:

  • Canas v. National Oilwell Varco, L.P., No. 18-20024 (5th Cir. July 19, 2018) (affirming the summary judgment of the district court that plaintiff had not established a prima facie case of national origin discrimination).
  • Starks v. Superior Energy Services, LLC, 2018 WL 1409278 (obtained summary judgment, dismissing case before answer or discovery, in client’s favor enforcing pre-litigation release)


  • J.D., University of Virginia, 2012
  • B.A., magna cum laude, University of Alabama, 2009

Admittance to Practice

  • Louisiana
  • Alabama
  • Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court, Middle, Northern and Southern Districts of Alabama
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit

Professional Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • Alabama Bar Association
  • New Orleans Bar Association


  • Association of Corporate Counsel, Louisiana Chapter - "Legal Ethics in Social Media Investigations and the #MeTooEra" - New Orleans - December 7, 2018
  • Society of Human Resources Management, New Orleans Chapter - "Medical Marijuana and Prescription Drugs in the Workplace" - November 14, 2018
  • Society of Human Resources Management, Acadiana Chapter - "Medical Marijuana and Prescription Drugs in the Workplace" - October 10, 2018
  • Association of Corporate Counsel, Louisiana Chapter - "The Ethics of Workplace Investigations" - New Orleans - December 1, 2017
  • Association of Corporate Counsel, Louisiana Chapter - "Recent Developments in the ADA: Reasonable Accommodation and Engaging in the Interactive Process" - New Orleans - September 29, 2017
  • November 2014 -  - "Applicability of the USTP Guidelines to Bankruptcy Administrators"
  • April 2014 - ABI Journal - "Deviation from the Statutory Scheme in Sale of Receivership Property"

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