Ellen C. Ham, an equity partner, represents management in traditional labor matters and is a member of FordHarrison's Executive Committee.

As a partner in the firm's Airline Group, she assists airline and other aviation-related clients in grievance resolution matters, including grievance arbitrations and mediation. In addition, Ellen represents the firm's air carrier and derivative carrier clients in union representation matters before the National Mediation Board (NMB) and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and negotiates collective bargaining agreements for air carriers under the Railway Labor Act (RLA). 

Ellen also regularly counsels the firm's airline and aviation-related clients on a wide range of workplace matters, including employee investigations, contract language interpretation and application, drug and alcohol testing under the Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations and state law, the Pilot Records Improvement Act (PRIA), the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN), and the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA). She also conducts management training on various traditional labor and employment-related topics.

Representative Experience
  • Representation Matters: Since 1999 has represented airlines and derivative carriers in at least 60 representation cases filed before the NMB or NLRB. 
  • Contract Negotiations: Represents numerous airline clients in negotiating initial and amendable collective bargaining agreements.  
  • Grievance Arbitration and Mediation: Has extensive arbitration practice in all crafts or classes in both contractual disputes and discipline/termination cases, including cases involving, including pilot training and proficiency issues. Also represents clients in grievance mediation and other pre-arbitration dispute resolution processes. 
  • Whistleblower Claims: Since 2003, has represented numerous airline clients before the U.S. Department of Labor/OSHA that have been served with complaints filed under the Wendell H. Ford Aviation Investment and Reform Act for the 21st Century (AIR21).

    **In January 2014, first chaired a trial before a DOL Administrative Law Judge who found no violation of AIR21 and case was upheld on appeal to the Administrative Review Board.  
    **In November 2018, first chaired a trial before a DOL Administrative Law Judge (AIR21) - decision pending.
  • Per Florida Bar rules, information on litigation and other legal successes has not been disclosed but is available upon request.
Honors & Awards
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Employment Law - Management (2020)