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John W. Ellis



John is a commercial trial lawyer with extensive experience litigating disputes in the energy, medical device/pharmaceutical, financial services, and real estate development sectors. He also regularly advises clients in complex government investigations and government entity litigation. As a dual JD/MBA graduate and former manager for a Fortune 50 company, John leverages his business experience to help his clients resolve complex legal problems.

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 other high-stakes disputes before state and federal courts and arbitration panels across the country.

Prior to joining Scott Douglass & McConnico, John practiced 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. Before he obtained his JD and MBA degrees, John led various business units as a manager in the renowned AT&T Leadership Development Program.

John is actively involved in various state bar and other civic organizations. He served for many years on the Texas Young Lawyers Association Board of Directors where he helped create and execute a wide variety of public service projects. He also served as the District Representative for District 25 (South/Central Texas) to the Young Lawyers Division of the American Bar Association. John and his wife are actively involved in their church. He also volunteers time helping develop future leaders through the Boy Scouts of America, where he serves as the Cubmaster of Pack 25 and as the General Counsel and Executive Board Member of the Capitol Area Council, representing a thirteen-county region across Central Texas.

  • 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, 2014-2020
    • 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- 2020
  • 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
    • Partner/Member, Austin Ridge Bible Church
    • Boy Scouts of America: Capitol Area Council Executive Board Member (2019-present), Vice President – Administration (2019-2022), General Counsel (2022-present), Cubmaster, Pack 25 through the Regent’s School of Austin, Eagle Scout, Vigil Honor, and former Assistant Scoutmaster
    • Repeated pro bono representation of low-income individuals through the Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas
    • Meals on Wheels delivery service
    • Student mentor, multiple occasions, Texas Tech University School of Law Regional Externship Program

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