Nari E. Ely


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Nari Ely believes in defending the rights of working people.

Nari Ely joined James & Hoffman in July 2018. She represents clients in a variety of matters including employment discrimination, wage & hour cases, and contracts. She has trial experience in federal court, and has represented unions in litigation.

Ms. Ely’s recent matters include:

  • Representing a union in a duty of fair representation lawsuit.
  • Representing federal government employees in cases alleging violations of overtime pay requirements under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
  • Advising and representing staff members of international organizations, such as the World Bank, before international administrative tribunals.
  • Representing a transportation worker’s union in a challenge to a federal agency decision.
  • Representing a local teacher’s union in grievance arbitrations and related litigation.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Ely was an associate at Kirkland & Ellis LLP, where she focused on civil litigation. During law school, she clerked for the Chief Justice of Rwanda, assisted the President of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in litigating cases before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, and served as Prof. Michael McConnell’s teaching and research assistant.

Ms. Ely received her law degree from Stanford Law School in 2016, where she was awarded the Gerald Gunther Prize for Outstanding Performance in Constitutional Law and the Gerald Gunther Prize for Outstanding Performance in Legal Ethics. She received an M.S. in Commerce from the University of Virginia, McIntire School of Commerce, in 2013, and a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2012. Ms. Ely is a member of the Bars of California and the District of Columbia.