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Ellen Morrison Townsend
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Indianapolis Attorney
Ellen Morrison Townsend

Phone: 317.636.5401


Languages: English

Ellen Morrison Townsend is a partner with the firm and practices in the real estate, civil litigation, and general corporate/business services areas. She defends businesses in state and federal courts across Indiana, as well as with the Indiana Attorney General, the Indiana Real Estate Commission, the Department of Insurance, Realtor® boards, and many other state and federal regulatory agencies. Ellen represents small to large business organizations with respect to forming entities, drafting and negotiating contracts, employment matters, buying and selling businesses, litigation, and risk management.

She represents clients in connection with permitting, enforcement, and other common issues arising in real estate development work, including zoning and other land use matters. She advises real estate brokers, agents, principal brokers, title companies and appraisers in connection with all aspects of agency law, litigation, administrative claims, risk management, licensing, and dispute resolution strategies and serves on the Indiana Association of Realtors® Forms Committee.

Ellen is admitted to practice in Indiana State Courts and the United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana. She is a member of the Indiana State Bar Association and Indianapolis Bar Association (President’s Award for Service to the Association, 2009 and 2011). She is a Distinguished Fellow of the Indianapolis Bar Foundation and served as the Town Attorney for the Town of Williams Creek from 2007-2016. She is the Vice-Chair of the Indiana State Bar Association’s Litigation Section.

Bar Admissions:

  • State of Indiana
  • U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana


  • DePauw University, B.A., cum laude, 1994
  • Indiana University Maurer School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1997

Representative Cases:

  • Krachinski v. Century 21-1st Team, Inc., et al., 2011 WL 5145677 (Ind. App. 2011).
  • Life v. F.C. Tucker Co., Inc., et al., 948 N.E.2d 346 (Ind. App. 2011).
  • Drake v. Old National Trust Co., et al., 871 N.E.2d 352 (Ind. App. 2007).
  • Vannetta v. Scheetz Co., Inc. and Chandler, et al., 810 N.E.2d 1108 (Ind.App. 2004).


  • American Bar Association
  • Indiana State Bar Association (Clients Financial Assistance Fund, Member, 2009-2012)
  • Indianapolis Bar Association; Board of Managers, 2004 and 2008; Women and the Law Division Executive Committee, 1997
  • 2005 (Chair, 2004); Bench Bar Steering Committee, 2007-2012; Mortgage Foreclosure Task Force, 2008-2010; Finance
  • Committee, 2011-2012; Membership Committee, 2008-2009

Awards / Distinctions:

  • Indianapolis Bar Association, President’s Award for Service to the Association, 2009 and 2011
  • Indianapolis Bar Foundation, Distinguished Fellow
  • Listed as an “Indiana Super Lawyers Rising Star” for 2009, 2010 and 2011
  • Selected to Super Lawyers: 2014 – 2017
  • Sagamore Inn of Court, Barrister
  • Town Attorney, Town of Williams Creek, Indiana: 2007 – 2015
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Indiana Law Journal
  • DePauw University, Washington C. DePauw Society; Walker Cup recipient (1994)

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Hackman Hulett LLP

135 North Pennsylvania Street
Suite 1610
Indianapolis, IN 46204
United States

Law Firm Contact: Anthony Ridolfo

Tel: 317.636.5401



Member Since: 2021

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