Ellen Lipton Hollander

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Ellen Hollander
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland
Assumed office
December 28, 2010
Appointed by Barack Obama
Preceded by Andre Davis
Personal details
Born (1949-05-24) May 24, 1949 (age 72)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Alma mater Goucher College
Hofstra University
Georgetown University

Ellen Lipton Hollander (born May 24, 1949) is a United States district judge on the United States District Court for the District of Maryland. On December 18, 2010, her nomination was confirmed by the Senate.

Early life and education

Born Ellen Frances Lipton[1] in New York, New York, she received her Bachelor of Arts in 1971 from Goucher College, then attended Hofstra University School of Law during the 1971 - 1972 academic year, but received no degree. She later obtained her Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center in 1974.

Legal career

Between 1974 and 1975, Hollander was a law clerk to The Honorable James Rogers Miller Jr. in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland.[1]

Hollander was in private practice as an associate in the litigation department for the law firm of Frank, Bernstein, Conaway & Goldman in Baltimore, Maryland from 1975 to 1979. In 1979, she became an Assistant Attorney General in the civil division for the Office of the Maryland Attorney General. She was an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Maryland from 1979 to 1983. Between 1983 and 1989, Hollander went back into private practice with Frank, Bernstein, Conaway & Goldman, where she worked her way from an associate to partner.[1]

She was a judge on the Circuit Court for Baltimore City from 1989 to 1994. She then was a judge on the Maryland Court of Special Appeals (the state's intermediate appellate court) from 1994 until she became a federal judge.[2]

Federal judicial service

In April 2009, Hollander wrote to Senators Barbara Mikulski and Benjamin Cardin expressing interest in her nomination to the United States District Court for the District of Maryland with respect to an anticipated vacancy. In June 2009, she submitted a written application to the merit selection committee composed of members of the Maryland Bar Association. She interviewed with the committee and became one of the persons on the short list of candidates submitted to the Senators. She was recommended by Cardin and Mikulski to President Barack Obama in December 2009.[1]

Hollander was formally nominated on April 21, 2010, and her nomination was confirmed on December 18, 2010. She received her commission on December 28, 2010.


Hollander married her husband, Rich Hollander, in 1972.[3] The couple has three children.[3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary Questionnaire for Judicial Nominees" (PDF). United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary. The United States Senate. Retrieved October 11, 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. President Obama Names Five to the United States District Court, whitehouse.gov (April 21, 2010).
  3. 3.0 3.1 Rich Shea, Fatherland, Johns Hopkins Magazine (February 2008).

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Andre Davis
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland