Eleanor J. Shaffer

Ellie focuses her practice in the areas of catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death cases involving product liability, medical malpractice, motor vehicle accidents, and premises liability.

Before joining G&K and after law school, Ellie worked in New York City at the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem. She represented respondents facing abuse, neglect, and termination of parental rights proceedings in Manhattan Family Court, and represented parents in State Central Register of Child Abuse and Maltreatment (“SCR”) hearings where she was able to prevent parents from being labeled incorrectly.

Eleanor J. Shaffer

While in law school, Ellie worked as a research fellow for a non-profit organization for youth empowerment to stop hate-group-led violence and worked to remove invalid racial restriction covenants from deeds in Washington state. She also interned at Court Appointed Special Advocates for DC, where she managed several programs such as the Juvenile Behavioral Diversion Program/Person in Need of Supervision, Abuse and Neglect, Unaccompanied Refugee Minors, HOPE Court, and the Family Treatment Court. Ellie also worked in public defense in Spokane County representing clients facing felony charges and involuntary civil commitment.

Before law school, Ellie worked as a clinical mental health counselor at the Spokane County Jail Mental Health Unit where she counseled individuals with severe and persistent mental illnesses and co-occurring substance abuse disorders. Additionally, Ellie worked as a mental health therapist for YFA Connections, where she conducted therapy sessions, developed treatment plans, and implemented behavioral interventions and modifications for children, adolescents, and adults diagnosed with various disorders stemming from complex trauma or severe mental illnesses.

As a former mental health therapist, Ellie is devoted to helping people address the challenges they face.

See Ellie’s profile on our personal injury website.


  • $1.3M for a car accident where driver turned in front of client causing a broken leg.
  • $1.2M for a medical malpractice case on a failure to diagnose a spinal cord compression that led to temporary paralysis.
  • $1.5M for a dram shop against a bar that overserved a person who then drove the wrong way and killed our client’s son.
  • $1.6M settlement for a pedestrian severely injured after being struck and dragged by a truck.
  • $1.9M for negligence against paramedics who failed to properly intubate client leading to his death.
  • $2.5M settlement for the family of a wrongful death victim in a medical malpractice suit.
  • $900K settlement against a medical office that allowed our client with dementia to leave unaccompanied which led to her death.
  • Represented a nineteen-year-old foster youth facing the removal of her newborn due to hearsay.
  • Represented a young mother facing the removal of her child due to disability discrimination.


  • Arizona Association for Justice, Member, 2022-Present
  • The National Trial Lawyers Association, Member, 2023-Present


  • The National Trial Lawyers, Top 40 Under 40, 2023
  • Best Lawyers in America® Ones To Watch, Criminal Defense: General Practice, 2024
  • Gonzaga University School of Law, Pro Bono Distinction


Ellie has worked on the Parent Legislative Action Network in New York City to help reform laws impacting parents facing neglect and abuse allegations. She has also partnered with educational groups in Washington, DC to implement laws that would disrupt the school to prison pipeline.



  • The Kids are Alt-Right: How the Media and the Law Enable White Supremacist Groups Recruit and Radicalize Emotionally Vulnerable Individuals, Vol. XII, Law Journal for Social Justice, Fall 2019


  • Artificial Intelligence and International Law: A Call for Regulations and Implementation of Protections for Fundamental Human Rights in the Digital Age, Asian Society of International Law, Manila, Philippines, August 2019
  • Prison Psychology: Does Daily Counseling For Guards Have a Positive Impact on Prisoner’s Mental Health?, Washington Counseling Association Annual Conference, Spokane, WA, 2013