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Carolyn Elefant

Carolyn Elefant

Practice areas:

Energy & Utilities, Appeals, Litigation, Ethics & Professional Responsibility

    About Me

    My name is Carolyn Elefant. I am the founder of the Law Offices of Carolyn Elefant, To learn more about me, you can visit my website, or my blogs, and


    Practice Areas

    Licensed since 1989

    1. Energy & Utilities: 55%
      27 years, 100 cases
    2. Appeals: 20%
      27 years, 45 cases
    3. Litigation: 15%
      22 years, 30 cases
    4. Ethics & Professional Responsibility: 10%

    Attorney Endorsements

    10 total 

    • Hovanes Margarian

      I endorse this lawyer.


      Hovanes Margarian Consumer Protection Attorney
      Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

    • Thomas J. Crane

      I always enjoy Carolyn's comments on a listserv to which she and I belong. She displays a fine grasp of many attorney issues. I endorse this lawyer.


      Thomas Crane Wrongful Termination Attorney
      Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community



    DCActive 199005/24/2015
    NYCurrently registered 198903/13/2015

    Professional Misconduct

    We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

    Avvo Contributions

    Legal Answers


    Award NameGrantorDate Granted
    Featured on cover of Washington Legal TimesWashington Legal Times/ALM publications2008
    Ocean Energy Pioneer AwardEnergy Oceans Conference2007
    ABA Top 100 Law BlawgAmerican Bar Association2007
    Featured in Maryland Daily RecordMaryland Daily Record2007
    Featured in ABA Journal on small law practiceAmerican Bar Association2004
    Featured on cover of Washington Legal TimesWashington Legal Times2003
    Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless Volunteer AwardWashington Legal Clinic for the Homeless1994

    Work Experience

    TitleCompany NameDuration
    Of CounselLaw Offices of Scott Hempling1996 - 2006
    Principal AttorneyLaw Office of Carolyn Elefant1993 - Present


    Association NamePosition NameDuration
    DC BarLaw Practice Management Steering Committee2006 - 2008
    Ocean Renewable Energy Associationof counsel2005 - 2008
    Energy Bar AssociationMember1994 - 2008


    Publication NameTitleDate
    Solo by Choice: How to Be The Lawyer You Always Wanted To BeSolo by Choice - book2008
    Small Firm BusinessThe Accidental Practice2006
    Legal Times Intellectual Property MagazineDon't Copy That Brief (can legal briefs be copyrighted?)2001
    Washington Legal TimesHow Much Privacy Do Litigants Deserve in E-Filing2000
    Washington Legal TimesSaved by the Web: How I Researched A Brief Online for Free2000
    Energy Law JournalOcean Energy Development in the 1990s1993
    Alabama Journal of the Legal ProfessionCan Law Firms Do Pro Bono: A Skeptical View1991
    Georgetown Journal of Legal EthicsWhen Helping Others Is A Crime: 18 USC 205's Restrictions on Federal Attorneys Seeking to Do Pro Bono1990


    School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
    Cornell Law SchoolLawJD1988
    Brandeis UniversityPoliticsBA - Bachelor of Arts1985

    Speaking Engagements

    Conference NameTitleDate
    Ocean Energy Updateupdate on marine renewables siting and permitting2008
    Los Angeles Solo and Small Firm ConferenceHow to Start A Business Networking Group to Build Referrals, Relationships and Reputation2008
    Hydrovision National ConferenceFederal and State Benefits and Subsidies for Marine Renewable and Hydrokinetic Technlogies2008
    Global Marine Renewable Energy ConferenceA Snapshot of Marine Renewable Energy Regulation in the United States2008
    From Biglaw to Yourlaw: Starting A Law FirmHow to start a law firm; webinar2008
    ABA Tech Show 2008Technology to Retain Clients, Technology for Start Up Firms2008
    Alterative Energy SymposiumThe Third Wave: Marine Renewable Energy Development in the United States2007
    Ocean Energy in OregonOceans Apart? Is National Ocean Energy Policy Consistent With Oregon's Goals?2006
    Capitol Hill Briefing on Marine RenewablesObstacles to Marine Energy Development in the United States2004
    American Wind Energy Association National ConferenceWhat Offshore Wind Developers Can Learn from the Hydroelectric Industry2004
    What Lawyers Can Learn About Bloggingwhy lawyers should blog2003
    Offshore Wind ConsortiumNational energy policy and offshore wind2003
    Ocean Energy OverviewWave Energy Development in the United States and Regulatory Uncertainty2003
    Energy Resources on the World Wide WebEnergy resources on the web1996