Ellen Y. Hung is a personal injury attorney in Curtis Legal Group’s Sacramento office. As the child of immigrant parents, who did not speak English well and were not familiar with the American legal system, she knows first-hand how intimidating, frustrating, and complicated it is to deal with insurance companies and the court system. She also knows how important it is that injured victims be protected from unfair insurance practices.
Ellen is fluent in Cantonese and Mandarin and has served as a civil litigation attorney in both the private and public sectors since 2001. She began her attorney career as an insurance defense lawyer where she worked with many different insurance companies in cases involving motor vehicle accidents, trip/slip and falls, assault and batteries, and dog bites as well as dental and medical malpractice, wrongful death, and church/school sexual misconduct matters. Ellen understands the tactics that insurance companies use to evaluate cases and negotiate settlements. She knows how adjusters try to minimize the amount of compensation awarded to those injured through the fault of others. As Ellen says, “Unfortunately, when you’re dealing with an insurance company, you cannot just rely on them to do the right thing.”
Ms. Hung later joined The California Department of Justice as a Deputy Attorney General. There, she represented the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and the Governor’s office in civil-rights lawsuits filed by state inmates. She handled Constitutional cases involving First Amendment rights, equal protection, due process, excessive force, conditions of confinement, and medical care. As a Deputy Attorney General, Ellen gained extensive experience in both state and federal court litigation as well as appellate work before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Ms. Hung received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Davis in 1998 and then received her law degree (Juris Doctor) from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 2001.
Ellen was born in Hong Kong and immigrated to the United States when she was only four years old. She grew up in San Francisco and has made her home in the Sacramento region for more than 20 years.