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Ellen Riley Burford

Divorce and separation Attorney at Granite City, IL

5.0   4 reviews

also known as Ellen Ogden, Ellen Burford

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It is my goal to empower clients through life's transitions.  Whether that transition is a divorce, legal separation, personal injury, or the need for estate planning, I represent clients with compassion and knowledge. I have extensive trial and litigation experience which informs how I serve my clients at my private practice. Please call our office to schedule a consultation. There will be a $ consultation fee for all family cases. Remember upon entering our office to please wear your face mask and practice all social distancing guidlines. 

Licensed for 10 years
State IL
Status Active and Authorized to Practice Law
Acquired 2012
Updated 01/06/2023

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Burford Law Office
2005 Johnson Road
Granite City, IL, 62040


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Posted by anonymous | March 22, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Wonderful Divorce Attorney
She explained everything that was going to happen​. She did everything in a timely manner and I was divorced within 3 to 4 weeks. I would recommend her to anyone.
Posted by Angela | August 10, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Lawyer
Ellen Burford represented me in a personal property case. I was given a free consultation and hired her as my lawyer in this matter. She did a fantastic job of researching the matter and was well prepared in court. The court ruled in my favor. I would highly recommend her to anyone seeking a lawyer.
Posted by Angela | August 9, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Wonderful Attorney
Ellen Burford represented me and won the case. She listened to my concerns and was well prepared for the hearing. I highly recommend her services!
Posted by Bradley | May 20, 2015
Wonderful experience
I have never dealt with a company or firm with the professionalism and care that Ellen and her team gave my son and I. This case was against a big insurance company and was very complex. Ellen and her team weren't intimidated in the least and won the case in a very short amount of time. I called her office many times and never once was I put on hold or asked to leave a message. This kind of dedication and honesty are very rare. If you are in need of a lawyer don't hesitate to call her, the consult is free and I don't believe there is anyone better.
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Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Burford Law Office
  • 2016 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Southwestern Illinois College
  • 2014 - Present
  • Associate
  • Wendler Law, PC
  • 2013 - 2015
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Lewis and Clark Community College
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Assistant State's Attorney
  • Madison County State's Attorney's Office
  • 2012 - 2013
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  • Southern Illinois University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2011
  • Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2009


  • Madison County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Phoenix Crises Center
  • Friend of Phoenix
  • 2012 - Present
  • American Bar Association, State and Local Government Law Section
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Third Judicial Circuit Family Violence Prevention Council
  • Training Team
  • 2013 - 2013
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
  • Cum Laude
  • 2009


  • 44 No. 3 The Urban Journal 575, (Summer 2012)
  • The Need for Federal Regulation of Hydraulic Fracturing
  • 2012
  • 42 Illinois State Bar Association Bench & Bar 1
  • Gender and the Judiciary-A view from the Newest Justice on the Illinois Supreme Court
  • 2011

Speaking Engagements

  • Madison County High Schools
  • Dangers of Texting and Driving
  • 2012

Attorney endorsements

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Given (2)
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Family Attorney | Apr 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I worked with Ellen in the Madison County State's Attorney's Office and we have worked together on cases in private practice. She is a consummate professional who works very hard for her clients. I have and would send my friends and family to her for help, knowing they would be represented zealously. I whole-heartedly endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Sep 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Ellen Riley Burford
Divorce and separation Attorney
Granite City, IL
Licensed for 10 years