Ellen Deutsch Taylor

Ellen Deutsch Taylor

Tarpon Springs, Florida

My goal in my law practice is to do the best to provide my clients with highly personalized service. I will do all that is required to make you a happy satisfied client so that not only will you return over and over again but that you will recommend me to your friends and neighbors. I offer a thirty minute telephonic conference at no charge to all prospective clients. After discussing your issues, I will make recommendations and develop a strategy that will meet your needs. My rates are highly competitive and my goal is to return all telephone calls within twenty-four hours.

I am licensed to practice law in Florida and the District of Columbia. After practicing law for many years in Washington, D.C., California and Washington State, I passed the Florida Bar in 2005 and established a general practice on the West coast of Florida focusing on real estate, estate planning, probate, and general business issues. I am also a mediator certified by the Florida Supreme Court.

Prior to moving to Florida, I gained knowledge of all business matters by serving as Chief Counsel and Associate General Counsel of major utility companies. I was the first woman partner elected to the management committee of a 350 person law firm in San Francisco. I started my legal career in Washington, D. C. where I was an attorney in the Executive Office of the President and the Associate Administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration of the Department of Commerce.

Areas of Practice

  • Probate and Estate Administration
  • Estate Planning
  • Probate
  • Mediation
  • Business Negotiations
  • Telecommunications
  • Probate & Estate Administration
  • Elder Law
  • Trusts
  • Wills
  • Medicaid Planning
  • Advance Medical Directive
  • Powers of Attorneys
  • Real Estate Law
  • Foreclosure Defense
  • Loan Modifications
  • Short Sales
  • Bank Disputes
  • Land Use & Zoning

Litigation Percentage

  • 15% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Certified County and Circuit Court Mediator since 2005
  • Certified in Pasco County in the 6th circuit court as a small claims mediator

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia, 1977
  • Florida, 2005
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, 2007
  • U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit, 1978


  • Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, Washington, District of Columbia
    • J.D. - 1977
    • Law Review: Catholic University of America, Assignment Editor, 1976 - 1977
  • Antioch College, Yellow Springs, Ohio
    • B.A. - 1974

Published Works

  • Transfer of Appreciated Property, Cath U. Law Review, 1978


  • Adjunct Professor, Univ. of San Francisco Tele. Com. Policy, 1995 - 1998

Honors and Awards

  • Who's Who in American Women, 1985 - 1988
  • Board of Directors Taconic Tel. Co., 1992 - 1998
  • Certified Mediator for 9+ years
  • Certified in Pasco County in the 6th circuit court as a small claims mediator

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Federal Communications Bar Association, Member, 1977 - Present
  • ABA, Member, 1977 - Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Electric Lightwave, Inc., Vice President and Chief Counsel
  • Citizens Utilities Company, Associate General Counsel
  • Thelen, Marrin, Johnson & Bridges, San Francisco, California, Partner
  • Kadison, Pfaelzer, Woodard, Quinn & Rossi, Washington, D.C., Managing Partner
  • Bell Communications Research, Washington, D.C., Assistant Vice President
  • U.S. Department of Commerce, Associate Administrator
  • Office of Telecommunications Policy, President Attorney and Law Clerk

Ancillary Businesses

  • Lobbying