Ellen Steen will serve as general counsel of the American Farm Bureau Federation and its affiliate companies, including the American Agricultural Insurance Company (AAIC) and American Farm Bureau Insurance Services (AFBIS), effective July 1. Steen has been engaged in private practice in Washington, D.C., since 1991 and has been a partner with Crowell & Moring LLP since 2003. She previously served as external counsel for AFBF on water quality issues, which included representing Farm Bureau in litigation concerning the scope of federal Clean Water Act jurisdiction and permit requirements.
Steen is admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia, the United States Supreme Court and most federal appellate courts. She earned her law degree with honors from the University of North Carolina School of Law in Chapel Hill, N.C., and her bachelor’s degree from Tulane University, Newcomb College in New Orleans, La. She hails from central Mississippi and assists in managing the family tree farm in Simpson County.