Tampa, Florida

Ellen D. Ostman

Ellen D. Ostman

Senior Attorney

Ellen Ostman - Givens Givens Sparks

For more than 40 years, Ellen D. Ostman has provided her clients with the highest quality of family law advocacy, guiding thousands of families through the most difficult crisis of their lives. As a result, her legal experience has helped to enrich the entire team of family trial attorneys at Givens Givens Sparks, as she is uniquely qualified to handle any family law situation and has mentored the team to follow her lead.

Officially recognized by the Florida State Bar as a Board Certified family and marital specialist, Ellen’s award winning service to her clients embodies the firm’s commitment to being the best in its field. Her expertise in family law has made her an incredible asset to her clients, has allowed her to serve in numerous high-profile cases, and has also resulted in many awards and peer recognition, including her inclusion on the "Super Lawyer®" list (2006, 2014-2019). Ellen excels in high-stakes situations and has litigated such cases that have become the subjects of made-for-TV movies and exposés.

When out of the courtroom, Ellen has a passion for the rights and needs of families. She has served on the Board of Directors for ‘The Spring’, a shelter for abused and battered women and children, worked as a child support hearing officer, and authored a book about the divorce process titled Dear Client.

Quick Facts About Ellen D. Ostman


  • University of South Florida - Bachelor of Arts in Finance, Magna Cum Laude - 1974
  • University of Florida College of Law - Juris Doctorate - 1977

Bar Admissions

  • State Courts of Florida
  • Federal Middle District Court of Florida

Selected Honors & Memberships

  • Board Certified by the Florida Supreme Court for over 20 years
  • Former member of the Board of Directors for The Spring, a shelter for abused women and children
  • Named to Super Lawyers® (2006, 2014 - 2019)
  • Named to the list of 2019 '10 Best Attorneys' for Client Satisfaction by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • Member of the Family Law Inn of Tampa Past
  • Member of Hillsborough County Family Law Executive Counsel

Experience & Advocacy

  • Former Child Support Hearing Officer - 1991 - 1995
  • Former Traffic Magistrate - 1990 - 1998
  • Sole Practitioner for over 25 years
  • Author of "Dear Client" A Complete Handbook for Understanding and Surviving Your Legal Divorce Process (Axelrod 1996)
  • Speaker for the National Business Institute
  • Co-Author of Injunctions for Protection, Chapter 741 of the Florida Statutes in 1982. Florida was the second state in the United States to pass this kind of legislation.

Notable Clients

Ms. Ostman has been involved in several high-profile and controversial cases, some resulting in made-for-TV movies and the subject of TV exposés.

Practice Areas


  • Ellen, I want to take a moment and thank you for providing topnotch representation for us. You have done a great job of managing the case - you are of the highest caliber. Kudos to your support team as well.

  • Dear Ellen, Rhonda and staff, the court hearing went as well as we hoped for, primarily because of your help. Understanding the short notice you had for preparation, I very much appreciate your efforts. We are glad that you were with us during this process.