Ellen A.C. LaVigne


Ellen LaVigne began her legal career as a law clerk and student attorney at the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office in 2016. She spent one year working in the Adult Services Division where she assisted on a variety of civil commitment cases ranging from commitments of persons petitioned as mentally ill and chemically dependent to commitments as mentally ill and dangerous and sexual psychopathic personalities. In 2017, Ms. LaVigne moved to the Juvenile Prosecution Division of the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office where she worked as the lead law clerk assisting attorneys and representing the State on a variety of prosecutions from traffic offenses to criminal sexual conduct charges. Upon graduation, Ms. LaVigne worked for the Honorable Juan G. Hoyos in the Fourth District Juvenile Court focusing on both juvenile prosecution and juvenile protection matters.  

Ms. LaVigne joined Colich & Associates in 2018 upon receiving her license to practice law. She has acted as second chair on a variety of cases from Second Degree Murder to Domestic Assault and Criminal Sexual Conduct. She also has extensive experience with criminal expungements.

Along with her work in criminal court, Ms. LaVigne represents clients facing civil commitment in Hennepin County. As such, she has a special interest in the intersection between the criminal justice system and mental health. 

Ms. LaVigne uses a well-rounded approach, considering the entirety of each client’s story and his or her particular needs. She values clear and empathetic communication with her clients. 

Ms. LaVigne received her Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs from George Washington University in 2014.  She graduated Summa Cum Laude near the top of her class from Mitchell Hamline School of Law in 2018. 


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