Wendy Huff Ellard, shareholder in the Firm’s Jackson office, primarily practices in the areas of disaster recovery and state public policy. Ms. Ellard maintains a national regulatory practice focused on disaster recovery, government contracting and public policy.
She has extensive experience with the intricacies of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Recovery and Emergency Assistance Act and regularly represents public and not-for-profit entities, contractors and industry associations to support grant eligibility and federal procurement compliance.
Ms. Ellard has devoted more than ten years almost exclusively to assisting clients with the legal and policy issues associated with disaster response and recovery. During this time, she has represented varying stakeholders and gained insight from different perspectives.
Her unique knowledge and awareness of prior policy applications and interpretations applicable to the recovery process contributes to the effective, efficient approach she brings to her practice.
Ms. Ellard focuses a large part of her time on the various forms of dispute resolution available under FEMA’s Public Assistance and Hazard Mitigation Programs including appeals pursuant to 44 CFR § 206.206 and arbitration pursuant to 44 CFR § 206.209 for Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
Since 2007, Ms. Ellard has served in the state of Mississippi by providing regulatory and policy advice to aid the FEMA recipient/grantee in its administration of more than $3 billion in federal disaster aid, including the preparation and submission of responses to more than 300 administrative appeals.
She has also represented public and private non-profit subrecipients/applicants throughout the country in navigation of the complex federal and state regulatory frameworks to help those entities obtain and maintain federal funding.
This work has included counsel through all aspects of the state and federal audit process, including those performed by the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of the Inspector General.
Ms. Ellard also devotes a significant amount of time to representation of public power entities and rural electric cooperatives, including on issues regarding proper procurement for federally funded projects, legal responsibility requirements and work/costs eligibility.
She has prepared procurement templates and systems, as well as FEMA specific guidance documents for individual entities and statewide and national associations.
- The University of Mississippi School of Law, J.D., 2007, cum laude
- Mississippi State University, B.A., 2003, summa cum laude
ADMISSIONS : Mississippi, 2007
Professional Honors & Activities:
- Named as one of Portico Magazine’s “Top 10 Attorneys in Mississippi” (Class of 2018)
- Named as one of Mississippi Business Journal’s 50 Leading Business Women in Mississippi (2017)
- Mississippi Bar Association
- Mississippi Bar Leadership Forum (2013)
- American Bar Association
- Capital Area Bar Association
Civic Activities : Member – Advisory Board of the Mississippi Center for Violence Prevention
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