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John W. Ellis



John is a commercial trial lawyer with extensive experience litigating disputes in the energy, medical device/pharmaceutical, and financial services sectors. His practice routinely involves disputes concerning products liability, breach of contract, fraud, securities, real property, misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of fiduciary duty, deceptive trade practices claims, and various other consumer-protection statutes. John regularly represents clients in mass torts litigation, putative class actions, and individual actions in state and federal courts and arbitration proceedings across the country.

John joined Scott Douglass & McConnico in August 2015, after practicing for several years with Locke Lord LLP. Before entering private practice, he served as a briefing attorney for the Honorable Paul W. Green of the Supreme Court of Texas. Prior to obtaining his law degree and master of business administration, John led various business units as a manager in AT&T, Inc.’s Leadership Development Program. His background and experience allow him to bring a practical approach to each case.

John is actively involved in various state bar and other civic organizations. Since 2014, he has served on the board of directors to the Texas Young Lawyers Association where he has helped create and execute a wide variety of public service projects. He was recently elected to serve a two-year term as the District Representative for District 25 (South/Central Texas), to the American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division.

  • University of Southern California, B.A. in Political Science, minors in Professional and Managerial Communication and Critical Approaches to Leadership, magna cum laude
  • Texas Tech University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude
  • Texas Tech University, Rawls College of Business, M.B.A., graduated at the top of his class

  • State Bar of Texas
  • United States District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

  • Member, State Bar of Texas
  • Member, Texas Young Lawyers Association
    • Board of Directors, 2014-present
    • Co-Chair, Law Focused Education Committee, 2018-present
    • Co-Chair, Public Service Committee, 2016–2018
    • Co-Chair, Marketing and Technology Committee, 2015–2016
  • Member, American Bar Association
    • Young Lawyers Division, District Representative for District 25, South/Central Texas, 2018- present
  • Texas Bar Foundation
    • Fellow, 2016 – present
  • Member, Texas Bar Foundation District 9 Nominating Committee, 2016–2018
  • Member, International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC), 2019-present
  • Member, Austin Bar Association, Civil Litigation Section
  • Member and TYLA Liaison, Austin Young Lawyers Association
  • Member, Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • Community and Charitable Organizations
    • Boy Scouts of America: Capitol Area Council Executive Board Member (2019), Eagle Scout, Vigil Honor, and former Assistant Scoutmaster
    • Repeated pro bono representation of low-income individuals through the Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas
    • Student mentor, multiple occasions, Texas Tech University School of Law Regional Externship Program

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