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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


  1. Energy: 55%
    28 years, 100 cases
  2. Appeals: 20%
    28 years, 45 cases
  3. Litigation: 15%
    23 years, 30 cases
  4. Ethics: 10%

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    Hovanes Margarian Consumer protection Attorney
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  • 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
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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
Principal AttorneyLaw Office of Carolyn Elefant1993 - Present
Of CounselLaw Offices of Scott Hempling1996 - 2006
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 SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1988
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