Attorney At Law
As a litigator, Ellery fights to protect his clients’ rights and help them seek justice. He handles employment matters and a broad spectrum of personal injury cases, including cases arising out of trip and falls, car accidents, and dog bites. Ellery has successfully recovered millions of dollars for his clients’ harms and losses.
Ellery graduated cum laude from Pepperdine Law School. During his time at Pepperdine, he competed on the trial team, obtained a certificate from the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, and served as an Associate Editor for the Pepperdine Journal of Business, Entrepreneurship and the Law. In 2016, Ellery was commended for his academic success when he was inducted into the Phi Delta Phi Legal Honor Society.
Personal Injury and Employment
- California, 2017
- Federal Court: Central District of California
CALI Excellence Award in Arbitration
Pepperdine Law JD Cum Laude 2017
- Journal of Business, Entrepreneurship & the Law
- Certificate in dispute resolution from the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution
Ellery’s View on Litigation
Ellery views litigation as a combination of two great games: Chess and Poker.
In Chess, it is important to strategize and plan each move, anticipate your opponent’s moves, and think ahead. Similarly, strategy and planning are critical to success in any litigation.
In Poker, every hand is different according to the cards you hold and the cards in play. Similarly, every lawsuit is like a different hand in a Poker game: different clients; different defendants; different defense attorneys; different insurance companies; different insurance adjusters; different experts; different venues; different judges; and the list goes on. Knowing how to maximize the returns on every “hand” you are dealt is key in the practice of law. Maximizing returns in every case requires overcoming significant push back from insurance companies and defense attorneys constantly telling you your “hand” is bad and you are going to lose so you should just give up and fold. Accordingly, a good litigator, just like a good Poker player, must know when to “Hold ‘em” and when to “Fold ‘em.”
Insurance companies and defense attorneys routinely try to minimize and devalue our client’s damages. While settlements can be a great way to resolve cases early and avoid extensive litigation, they are not always ideal. That is especially true when you have a good “hand” and there is no reason to give up or “Fold ‘em.” For this reason, under the right circumstances, going “all in” and taking cases to trial may be the best option.
Ellery loves a good fight whenever it is necessary to get his clients’ full justice. In fact, fighting against big Defendants and insurance companies is what makes him tick. When Ellery is confident in a case, he goes “all in” and will stop at nothing until justice is served.
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