Ellen S. Simpson

Trademark Attorney, Partner


Ellen Swartz Simpson is our managing partner and represents clients in the areas of intellectual property law and federal litigation.

Ms. Simpson received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting cum laude from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Upon graduation, she worked as a senior staff accountant with Sokolski, Sutherland & Lyons, C.P.A and became licensed in New York as a Certified Public Accountant. Ms. Simpson was Comptroller of The Faculty-Student Association at the State University College of New York at Buffalo and subsequently became Comptroller and Secretary-Treasurer of Jim Culligan, Inc. While working in this capacity, she attended The University at Buffalo School of Law, graduating magna cum laude, and received the Robert J. Connelly award for excellence in the trial practice course. Upon graduation from law school, Ms. Simpson became confidential law clerk to United States Magistrate Judge Leslie G. Foschio of the Western District of New York, a position she held for seven years.

During the course of her career, Ms. Simpson has been privileged to represent a wide variety of clients in intellectual property matters. Some of her more notable clients have included Rich Products Corporation, Independent Health Association, Dynabrade, Inc., Umbra, LLC, Strippit, Inc., Prince (entertainer), SweetWorks, LLC, Iskalo Development Corp., and Big Ditch Brewing Company. Ms. Simpson also handles a variety of matters for foreign law firms seeking intellectual property protection for their clients in the United States.

Since 2006, Ms. Simpson has been recognized by her peers for inclusion in Business First’s Who’s Who in Law, recognizing outstanding lawyers in Western New York. Ms. Simpson has also achieved a Distinguished Rating from Martindale-Hubbell since 2007.

Ms. Simpson is admitted to practice in New York and Florida. She is past Treasurer of the Bar Association of Erie County, past Chair of the Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law Committee, and a member of the Judiciary Committee of the Bar Association of Erie County. She also served on the Attorney Grievance Committee for the Eighth District, New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Fourth Department. Ms. Simpson is a member of the International Trademark Association, New York State Bar Association, the Florida State Bar, the Bar Association of Erie County, and the Palm Beach County Bar Association. Ellen is also on the Board of Directors of the New York State Civil and Criminal Lawyers Association. In addition to her professional affiliations, Ellen has for several years performed in the Erie County Bar Revue, a musical production produced by members of the Erie and Niagara County Bars. Ellen is also a member of the Acappellants, a group of four Western New York lawyers who represent the Bar Association of Erie County nationwide singing a cappella parodies related to legal cases and issues.

Court Admissions

  • Courts of the State of New York
  • Courts of the State of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit

Admitted to Practice

  • New York
  • Florida


  • University at Buffalo School of Law, J.D.
  • State University of New York at Buffalo, B.S., Business Administration

Professional Recognition

  • Business First's Who's Who in Law
  • Certified Public Accountant
  • Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished Rating
  • Super Lawyers

Professional Associations

  • Former Treasurer, Bar Association of Erie County
  • Past Chair, Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law Committee
  • Judiciary Committee Member, BAEC
  • Attorney Grievance Committee, NYS Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Fourth Department
  • International Trademark Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Florida State Bar
  • Bar Association of Erie County
  • Board of Directors, New York State Civil and Criminal Lawyers Assocation
  • Palm Beach Bar Association

Speaking Out

  • Guest Lecturer, Buffalo Niagara Medical Center's Build a Better Business Workshop Series
  • Guest Lecturer, U.S. Small Business Association (SBA-U)


  • Erie County Bar Revue
  • Acappellants


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