Ellen Joy Glass

Of Counsel

Legal Secretary: Mary Ellen Belnak


Ellen joined Ryley Carlock & Applewhite in 2007. Ellen practices primarily in the areas of labor and employment law.

In her labor relations practice, Ellen advises employers with respect to union related issues including union organizing, picketing, and work stoppages. She has experience with issues of contract administration and interpretation, and labor arbitrations involving contractual disputes and employee discipline. In addition, Ellen assists employers in developing and implementing union avoidance strategies, and defending unfair labor practice charges. She regularly addresses international labor law issues. These issues include, among others, union organizing, employee communications, legislative and regulatory strategy, and positive employee relations strategy.

In her employment practice, Ellen represents employers in litigation before federal and state courts, as well as before federal and state agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and Arizona Civil Rights Division (ACRD). Ellen believes that many employee claims are preventable and therefore provides counseling and training seminars on a wide range of employment matters such as personnel policies, hiring and firing, wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, and compliance with state and federal laws.

Ellen graduated second in her class from Gonzaga University School of Law. While there, she was awarded a Lawless Scholarship by the Washington Judges Foundation; earned the Bluebook Award of Excellence; and received CALI Excellence for the Future Awards for top performance in Civil Procedure, Sales, Corporations, Administrative Law, and Family Law. She also served on the Gonzaga Law Review and was named the Most Outstanding Associate Editor. Ellen received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, magna cum laude, from Arizona State University.


Ellen is a contributing author to the Arizona Employment Law Handbook. Additional publications include:

Speaking Engagements

  • "What's an Employer To Do In An Era Of #metoo?," Ryley Carlock & Applewhite Labor & Employment Roundtable, February 2018
  • "What Employers Need to Know About Arizona's New Paid Sick Time Requirements," Ryley Carlock & Applewhite Labor & Employment Roundtable, May 2017
  • "NLRB's Continued Attack on Common (Non-Union) Employer Policies, Rules, and Requirements," Society of Human Resource Management, Greater Phoenix, September 2016
  • "Exploring the DOL's Proposed Overtime Regulations & Other Important Wage & Hour Law Topics," Ryley Carlock & Applewhite Seminar, November 2015
  • "Keeping the Workplace Free of Discrimination and Harassment," Better Business Bureau Legal Series Seminar, September 2014
  • "Labor & Employment Updates," Arizona Rock Products Association, March 2013
  • "Labor Law Update," Dialogue in the Desert, September 2012
  • "Employment Law Issues Facing Assisted Living Providers," Arizona ALFA Fall Conference and Legal Symposium, October 2011
  • "Health Care Legislation: What You Need to Know Now," Sterling Education's 9th Annual Beyond the Basics in Employment Law Seminar, November 2010
  • "Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009," AZ SHRM Arizona Employment Law & Legislative Conference, February 2010
  • "Hiring and Firing," Better Business Bureau Legal Series Seminar, August 2009


  • State Bar of Arizona, Labor & Employment Law Section
  • Maricopa County Bar Association
  • Arizona Labor & Employment Relations Association
Profile Information




  • Gonzaga University School of Law, J.D., summa cum laude, 2007
  • Arizona State University, B.S., Psychology, magna cum laude, 2004


  • Arizona, 2008
  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, 2008
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 2008