Ellen E. Crane



  • Practice Areas

  • Education

    University of Michigan, J.D., 1994

    Albion College, magna cum laude; B.A. major economics; concentration Ford Institute for Public Service, May, 1992

  • Bar Admissions

    Michigan Bar Association

  • Professional or Trade Affiliations

    Saginaw County Bar Association

    Michigan Bar Association

    American Bar Association

    American Society of Employers

    Society for Human Resource Management

    Valley Society of Human Resource Management

    National Association of College & University Attorneys

  • Honors & Awards

    2004 United Way of Saginaw County Harry S. Lund Volunteer Award for lifelong service

    2006 “RUBY” (Recognizing the Upward, Bright, and Young) Award for those who have made their mark in their professions and are making an impact throughout the Tri-Cities.

    2009 Super Lawyers-Michigan Rising Stars award

    2010 Spirit of Saginaw Award for Saginaw County Chamber


Ellen E. Crane works in the areas of Labor, Employment, Higher Education, and Health Care Law.

In the employment area, Firm clients seek Ellen’s counseling and advice on a broad-range of legal compliance and practical areas, including employee discipline, harassment, discrimination, workplace investigations, personnel policies and procedures, managing leaves of absence, pay and benefit practices and contractual relationships. Ellen assists unionized companies with contract management, collective bargaining and the grievance and arbitration process. Ellen has represented clients through administrative agency investigations and hearings at both the state and federal level. In the healthcare field, Ellen has drafted and assisted clients with contracting, the implementation of privacy and security programs Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act and regularly advises clients on patient's rights issues.  Her compliance expertise has strengthened her ability to advise higher educational institutions on a wide variety of governance, student rights and other areas.


Community Involvement

  • Harvey Randall Wickes Foundation, Vice President to the Board of Directors
  • Michigan Baseball Foundation Board of Directors
  • Council of Michigan Foundations, Past Chair to the Board of Directors
  • First Merit Bank - Great Lakes Bay Region Advisory Board of Directors
  • Delta College Foundation, Board of Directors, Vice Chair
  • Saginaw County Chamber of Commerce, Past Chair
  • United Way of Saginaw County, Past Chair of Board of Directors
  • Saginaw Community Foundation Board of Directors, Past member
  • Graduated Great Lakes Bay Leadership Training Institute
  • Leadership Saginaw and 1000 Leaders


Speaking Engagements

  • Specialty Healthcare and the Determination of Bargaining Units/ ABA Developing Labor Law Subcommittee, Winter Meeting / 2012
  • Regular presenter on employment law for American Society of Employers


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