Ella Hushagen joined Teukolsky Law as an associate attorney in September 2018. She graduated cum laude from Occidental College in 2004, and pursued a career in health care access before attending law school. She graduated from UCLA School of Law in 2013 (J.D.), and simultaneously received a Masters Degree in Public Health. In law school, Ms. Hushagen specialized in public interest legal advocacy as a participant in the prestigious and highly selective Epstein Public Interest Law Program. She met Ms. Teukolsky after her second year of law school while serving as a law clerk at Traber & Voorhees, one of the premier civil rights firms in California where Ms. Teukolsky was a partner. During law school, Ms. Hushagen also worked at the Western Center on Law and Poverty and Disability Rights California. After graduating, Ms. Hushagen served as a law clerk to the Honorable Fernando M. Olguin at the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.
After clerking, Ms. Hushagen worked as a Staff Attorney at Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County (NLS) in the Health Consumer Center. At NLS, Ms. Hushagen represented low-income Los Angeles County Medi-Cal beneficiaries in Moncrief v. Los Angeles County, a high-profile case to stop unlawful Medi-Cal terminations. In May 2018, Ms. Hushagen and her legal team prevailed at the case-dispositive writ hearing, ensuring that thousands of Medi-Cal beneficiaries would continue to receive crucial health benefits. Ms. Hushagen also led litigation to protect access to specialty health care services for Medi-Cal enrollees with complex health conditions all over the State. She successfully cut through health care bureaucracy so her clients could gain access to vital medical services, and obtained relief for clients from hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical debt.
Before law school, Ella was awarded the Villers Fellowship for Health Care Justice at Families USA in Washington, D.C. As a fellow and later as a Health Policy Analyst, Ella advocated for state and federal policies to improve access to high-quality affordable health care at Families USA from 2006 until 2008. Prior to that, Ella assisted seniors and people with disabilities at the Center for Health Care Rights in Los Angeles.