Ellen Duke

Ellen Duke is an associate attorney who serves Wagenmaker & Oberly with a strong passion to help its nonprofit clients achieve their mission. Ellen’s extensive experience as a trusted legal advisor contributes to her current work with religious organizations, social service providers, and other nonprofits engaged extensively with international operations.  She currently focuses on federal tax exemption issues, international legal compliance, and real estate matters, and she is well equipped with corporate development and multi-state charitable solicitation compliance too.

Ellen began working with Wagenmaker & Oberly in 2014.  After three years with the firm, she moved to Cleveland to serve as in-house counsel with a campus ministry. Ellen then worked as a dispute resolution staff attorney at the Cleveland Housing Court, where she provided alternative dispute resolution services and other legal assistance related to landlord/tenant law. Ellen is delighted to use her varied legal experience navigating relational complexities involved with property ownership and transactions to serve Wagenmaker & Oberly’s nonprofit clients.

Ellen and her husband Seth currently live in a century-old home in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. She is an avid reader, enjoys jigsaw and logic puzzles, and is always interested in learning new things.

Professional Involvement

  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Christian Legal Society