Burr & Forman

Ellen T. Mathews

Ellen T. Mathews
  • J.D., magna cum laude, University of Alabama School of Law (2007)
  • B.A., Psychology, Management and Society, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2003)



  • American Bar Association, Litigation Section
  • Birmingham Bar Association
  • Alabama Defense Lawyers Association
  • Birmingham Venture Club
  • American Bar Association Intellectual Property Law Division
  • Birmingham Bar Association Young Lawyers Division
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers "Rising Star," Business Litigation (2016-2018)
  • Alabama Super Lawyers "Rising Star," Business Litigation (2009-2015)
  • Business Alabama, Alabama's Outstanding Young Lawyers (May 2011)
  • Award of Excellence for Best Issue Editor, TYL Editorial Board (2010)

Partner | Birmingham, AL

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Appellate Commercial / Corporate Litigation Corporate Governance & Shareholder Disputes Director & Officer Liability Insurance Insurance Litigation & Coverage Intellectual Property Securities Litigation

Ellen is in Burr & Forman's commercial litigation and intellectual property groups. She has experience in serving institutional clients and individuals in many facets of litigation, including breach of contract, fraud, tortious interference, and intellectual property infringement.

She assists clients in selecting, obtaining, maintaining, and protecting federal trademark registrations, including performing screening searches, prosecuting trademark applications, and sending cease and desist letters.

Through all stages of litigation, Ellen’s experience includes pre-suit investigation and case evaluation, drafting and responding to complaints, motion to dismiss practice, discovery, and motion for summary judgment practice, trial, and appeals. She also engages in settlement negotiations, including mediations, on behalf of clients.

Ellen has drafted successful motions to dismiss at the pleadings and summary judgment stages, and has had success in the appellate arena, where she once played an integral part in obtaining dismissal of her client during a permissive appeal.

Ellen’s practice also involves transactional matters in the intellectual property context, where she has successfully overcome unfavorable office actions issued by the USPTO.