Ellen Gilley is a member of the firm’s tax controversy group and international arbitration group, and she advises clients on all stages of tax and arbitral proceedings, with a focus on international issues.
Ellen began her career as an associate in the tax & benefits department in 2013. She rejoined the firm in 2019, after serving three years as Legal Adviser to the Honorable Rosemary Barkett on the Iran-United States Tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands. Her work on the Tribunal developed her expertise in public and private international law, including international arbitration, international economic law, choice of law, assessment of damages, State responsibility, and treaty interpretation.
In addition to her practice at Ropes & Gray, Ellen teaches courses to law students and early-career practitioners on topics of international arbitration, international legal writing and analysis, and communication and leadership. She also has experience advising fellowship programs and Boards of Directors on curriculum design and development, operations, and recruitment.
Ellen earned her J.D. and LL.M. in International and Comparative Law from Duke University School of Law in 2013.
- Kat Gregor and Ellen Gilley, “International arbitration: a new avenue for challenging tax enforcement,” Financier Worldwide Magazine, Special Report: Corporate Tax (November 2019)
- JD, cum laude, Duke University School of Law, 2013
- LLM (International and Comparative Law), cum laude, Duke University, 2013
- BA (History and Political Science), high honours; Allan Oliver Gold Medal in Political Science, McGill University, 2010