Dennis S. Ellis is a partner in the Litigation practice of Paul Hastings and is global co-chair of the Complex Litigation and Arbitration practice. He is based in the firm's Los Angeles office and his practice concentrates on consumer class actions, unfair competition (Section 17200), business torts, product liability defense, environmental law, and breach of contract actions. He has worked for a diverse group of clients, including major retail chains, petroleum, pharmaceutical, and manufacturing companies, and internationally-known celebrities. Mr. Ellis has authored several articles that have appeared in various legal publications, including a law review article entitled "A Product Liability Claim By Any Other Name Remains A Product Liability Claim: California Courts Should Not Permit Plaintiffs To Recast A Product Liability Claim In The Terms Of Fraud," 25 Whittier L. Rev. 441 (2003). He has also written a practitioner’s treatise, entitled Enforcement of Judgments: A Practitioner’s Guide to Recovery, which was published by ALM Media LLC in July 2016.
Before studying law, Mr. Ellis was one of 18 individuals, from a nationwide pool of over 350 applicants, selected to work for the California State Assembly as a Jesse Marvin Unruh Assembly Fellow. After completing the year-long Fellowship program, he was hired as a legislative aide to Assemblywoman Carol Bentley. As Assemblywoman Bentley’s chief legislative advisor, Mr. Ellis briefed the Assemblywoman on pending legislation and was responsible for drafting many of the bills that she introduced.
Mr. Ellis graduated from California State University, Fullerton in 1990, where he was a scholarship student-athlete and starting offensive lineman on the Titan football team. He graduated cum laude from Howard University School of Law in 1995. While there, Mr. Ellis was first runner-up in the Charles H. Houston Moot Court Competition, a member of the National Moot Court Team, and a member of the Howard Law Journal.
Significant Trials and Arbitration
Enforcement of Judgments: A Primer on Best Practices and Guidance for Identification and Recovery of Assets
November 17, 2016
Paul Hastings Represents City of Rialto in Favorable Environmental Settlement
December 06, 2012
Paul Hastings Attorneys Recognized as Super Lawyers and Rising Stars in Northern California, Southern California, Georgia, Illinois, New York and Washington, D.C.
June 17, 2008
Paul Hastings Attorneys Recognized as Super Lawyers in Southern California, Connecticut, Georgia, New York, San Diego and Washington, D.C.
May 20, 2007
Paul Hastings Attorney Dennis Ellis Receives California Lawyer's Attorney of the Year (CLAY) Award
February 23, 2007
Paul Hastings Wins Motion for Terminating Sanctions in High-Profile International Fraud Case
November 30, 2006
Paul Hastings Obtains $117 Million Writ of Attachment and Preliminary Injunction on Behalf of New World TMT Limited
April 05, 2006
This Week in Washington for July 15, 2019
July 15, 2019
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May 13, 2019
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February 04, 2019
This Week in Washington for January 7, 2019
January 07, 2019
This Week in Washington for September 10, 2018
September 10, 2018
The Ninth Circuit Relies on Reasonable Consumers’ Experiences to Dismiss a Cosmetics False Advertising Case
March 28, 2016
No Damages or Injury, No Predominance and No Class
August 21, 2013
Consumer Class Action Update: No Damages or Injury, No Predominance and No Class
August 20, 2013
Expert Testimony Admissibility after Wal-Mart v. Dukes
January 24, 2013
The Safe Cosmetics Act of 2011 (H.R. 2359): Implications for the Cosmetics Industry
May 18, 2012
Standing Requirements in California UCL Cases Brought in Federal Court in the Wake of Tobacco II and Kwikset
February 21, 2012
Bifurcated Discovery in Class Actions: An Effective Strategy To Prevent the Continuation of the Unmeritorious Lawsuit - BNA - Class Action Litigation Report
August 26, 2011
Bifurcated Discovery in Class Actions: An Effective Strategy to Prevent the Continuation of the Unmeritorious Lawsuit
June 27, 2011
Retailers in California Face New Scrutiny of Credit Card Transactions in Light of Pineda v. Williams-Sonoma Stores, Inc., 51 Cal. 4th 524 (2011)
March 14, 2011
Kwikset Corp. v. Superior Court Clarifies UCL Standing Requirements
February 03, 2011
Recognized by the International Association of Defense Counsel
Dennis Ellis was selected as a faculty member for the International Association of Defense Counsel's 47th Annual Trial Academy. The seven-day intensive defense trial advocacy training program is one of the oldest and most respected programs for developing defense trial advocacy skills, with faculty consisting of leading defense trial lawyers selected on a national basis from different regions of the country.
Recognized with the California Lawyer's Attorney of the Year (CLAY) Award
Paul Hastings partner Dennis Ellis was named as California Lawyer's Attorney of the Year (CLAY) for his representation of the Chinese company New World TMT, which resulted in a $2.8 billion award. Utilizing Paul Hastings international network of attorneys during the New World legal proceedings, Dennis orchestrated an aggressive discovery strategy that ultimately unearthed evidence that convinced a judge to grant a rare and crippling motion that effectively led to a default judgment against the defendant. In 2006, Dennis also successfully represented General Electric (GE) Health and MRV Communications.
February 23, 2007