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Ellen S. Hong is a trial lawyer. She focuses her practice on estate litigation matters such as incapacity claims, wills variation, elder law, and trust litigation. In addition, she has considerable experience representing clients on either side of personal injury claims.

Ellen joined Hamilton Duncan in 2019 after working at a boutique firm in downtown Vancouver. She has appeared at all levels of court in British Columbia, as well as before administrative tribunals. She obtained her law degree from the University of Alberta. She also holds a B.A. Joint Honours degree in linguistics and anthropology from McGill University.

As a long-time resident of Surrey, Ellen is passionate about contributing to its growth and future. When she is not practicing law, she enjoys gardening, canoeing, and being physically active.


Seeking to have a will varied when you live half a continent away from the court that has jurisdiction is somewhat complicated. When a principle involved in that litigation dies intestate before it is resolved brings another level of complication. Throw in a pandemic and an unexpected cancer diagnosis and both the stress and complexity of the situation are magnified.

Ellen Hong of HDAS was the perfect guide through the legal morass with which I was confronted. She explained each of the various steps with clarity enabling me to furnish her with a necessary documentation without ever having to make extra trips to retrieve necessary documents and she put me in touch with other members of the firm when their particular skills were required.

While Ellen was the principle person dealing with my situation, other members of the firm contributed their expertise. Tara Britnell and Brian Man deserve mention as do several of the legal assistants and especially Prabdeep Brar who at least on one occasion gave me a sympathetic ear.

I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend HDAS and in particular Ellen Hong. Not only is Ellen and excellent lawyer; but more important, she is a wonderful human being. – B. Leaden (February, 2021)

I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you and the other lawyers and staff that have handled this matter for us. You have been efficient both in action and communication, and have made this painful process much more bearable.- Allanah F. (September 2020)

5 stars. As an out of province client, it was a tremendous help to find consistently knowledgeable, respectful, prompt, and fully accountable support for my legal concerns. I would not hesitate to recommend this firm to others dealing with estate-related issues. – Norma Carey (June, 2020)

Ellen, thank you so very much for making this process so much easier. You are a true professional, very patient, kind, and it has been a joy having you as my lawyer!! – Diane R. (November, 2019)

Work Highlights



  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia
  • Law Society of British Columbia
  • Fraser Valley Estate Planning Council
  • Surrey Bar Association
  • Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers
  • Professional Women’s Network
  • International Association of Korean Lawyers
  • Canada Korea Business Association


  • Director, C3 Korean-Canadian Community Society

Practice Areas

Personal Law Practice Areas


  • LL.B., University of Alberta (2009)
  • B.A. Joint Honours, McGill University (1999)

Bar Locations

  • British Columbia (2010)