About Ellen Cordell
Ellen Cordell is a trial lawyer with the McAfee & Taft law firm. Her practice is concentrated on the resolution of complex business disputes with an emphasis in defending large-scale local, regional, national and international manufacturers, distributors and sellers in products liability litigation nationwide. Her clients include leading companies in the automotive industry.
In addition to having direct responsibility for case management, Ellen has been involved in all aspects of litigation leading up to trial, including trial preparation. Her extensive litigation experience includes drafting pleadings and motions, including motions to dismiss, motions for protective orders, motions to compel, motions for summary judgment, and motions in limine; conducting all phases of discovery, including preparation of interrogatories and document requests, as well as assisting corporate clients with responses to discovery requests in complex tort litigation; collaborating with expert witnesses regarding case strategy, inspection of subject products and deposition testimony; and providing detailed legal research and analysis on a wide spectrum of legal, procedural and ethical issues. Ellen has also been involved in negotiating favorable settlements in high-stakes products liability litigation cases for clients before, during and after trial.
Her achievements have earned her inclusion in Oklahoma Super Lawyers' list of "Oklahoma Rising Stars,” which recognizes the state’s top up-and-coming attorneys.
Ellen earned a Certificate in Native American Law and Juris Doctor from the University of Tulsa College of Law and devotes a portion of her practice to the representation of Indian tribes.
On June 1, 2012, the Environmental Protection Agency issued a final rule updating Clean Air Act standards issued in 2008 regarding process heaters and flares at petroleum refineries. The new standards will cut pollution from process heaters, which are used to heat process fluids.
On May 31, 2012, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ordered the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to sign a proposed rule setting air particulate standards by June 7, 2012. Further, the court held publication of the rule in the Federal Register must be expedited with the period for public comment set for