Ellen J. Shadur


Ellen J. Shadur represents private and public entities in traditional labor relations and employment matters.  She has extensive experience with organizing drives, collective bargaining, grievance arbitrations, and unfair labor practice charges, primarily for clients in healthcare, hospitality, manufacturing, higher education, and local government. 

Ms. Shadur also defends employers in employment litigation in state and federal courts and before administrative bodies.  Further, she advises employers on hiring, discipline, termination, protection of trade secrets, family/medical leave and accommodating disabilities, WARN Act compliance, wage and hour issues (including prevailing wage), and drafting handbooks and policies.

She brings the insight of an in-house lawyer to her practice, having previously served as associate general counsel for a European manufacturer.  Ms. Shadur also has been trained and has practiced as a mediator, giving her a unique ability to look beyond the immediate question at hand and to see the longer-term strategic goals and interests at stake. 

Whether a workforce is union or non-union, or is seeking to be represented by a union, Ms. Shadur finds reasoned, practical solutions to establish and maintain workplace stability and to support the employer’s business objectives.

Ellen J. Shadur is a Vice-Chair of the American Health Lawyer’s Association Labor and Employment Group.


J.D., Yale Law School, 1985.
B.A., Wellesley College, 1982.

Bar & Professional Memberships

The State Bar of California.
American Bar Association.
United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit.
United States District Court, Central District of California.
United States District Court, Eastern District of California.
United States District Court, Northern District of California.
United States District Court, Southern District of California.
American Health Lawyers Association
     Vice Chair, Labor & Employment Practice Group.
French-American Chamber of Commerce, Los Angeles Chapter.

Practice Areas

Labor & Employment
Litigation & Dispute Resolution

The attorneys of Gipson Hoffman & Pancione have engaged in a wide range of critical legal matters in service to their clients.  The following are representative of the work and accomplishments of attorney Ellen Shadur:

  • Successfully defended academic medical center in arbitration concerning system-wide collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with the California Nurses Association (CNA).  CNA alleged that the medical center violated the CBA by giving Charge Nurse assignments to unit directors, who are not in bargaining unit.  The grievance had potential ramifications for other affiliated entities in the health system which followed a similar practice.
  • Represented academic medical center in litigation arising from discipline of union leader.  The discipline was the subject of a parallel proceeding before the NLRB.  Negotiated an advantageous settlement for the medical center, ending years of legal and administrative wrangling between the medical center and the union (NUHW).
  • Represented hospitality client in appeal in hybrid Section 301 case in which plaintiff alleged breach of CBA and breach of the union's duty of fair representation.  Worked with union to submit joint brief.  The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed denial of motion to remand and grant of summary judgment.
  • Obtained dismissal of unfair practice charge against university by adjunct faculty member who alleged retaliation for protected activity.  Prepared statement of position required delving into arcane world of faculty reappointments.
  • Obtained complete defense award in arbitration against teaching hospital involving claims of discrimination, failure to accommodate, failure to engage in the interactive process, and whistle-blower retaliation.

The attorneys of Gipson Hoffman & Pancione serve the larger community in many ways.  Attorney Ellen Shadur's contributions include:

  • Manufacturing Renaissance.  Provided advice and counsel regarding employment issues for this nonprofit organization "that promotes advanced manufacturing as a springboard for sustainable development."