Ellen Thorn

Ellen Thorn, Founding Partner

Areas of Practice

Family Law – Mediation – Social Security Disability

Email Ellen
Office: 608-269-1200
Fax: 608-269-1591

Legal Assistant

Kris Jostad – Email Kris


Dawn Eckelberg – Email Dawn
Sheena George – Email Sheena

Bar Admissions

Wisconsin, 1985

U.S. District Court Western District of Wisconsin, 1985


University of Wisconsin Law School, Madison, WI
J.D. 1984
Honors: American Jurisprudence Award – Contracts

University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
B.A. 1980
Honors: Graduated with Distinction
Major: Political Science

Honors, Associations, and Memberships

  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Monroe County Bar Association
  • Past President – Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • Board Member – State Public Defenders Office
  • Chair – Diocese of La Crosse Sexual Abuse Review Board
  • University of Wisconsin Law Review

Public Service

  • University of Wisconsin Law School Lawyering Skills Instructor
  • University of Wisconsin – Extension Lecturer
  • Marie W. Heider Fine Arts Center – President
  • West Salem High School Mock Trial – Coach
  • Wisconsin Catholic Conference Policy Advisory Group


Ellen lives in West Salem with her husband Mark, and their three daughters, Elizabeth, Kathleen and Hannah.

Prior to starting the firm, Ellen was an Assistant State Public Defender in La Crosse, Wisconsin for six years.  Ellen has represented clients in Western Wisconsin before court commissioners, circuit court judges and the Wisconsin Supreme Court.