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Clerkships
  • Law clerk to the Honorable Frank H. Easterbrook, Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
Honors & Awards
  • New York Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2015-2017
Education
  • The University of Chicago Law School, J.D.
  • Articles Editor, University of Chicago Law Review
  • The University of Chicago Committee on International Relations, A.M.
  • The University of Chicago, A.B.
Bar and Court Admissions
  • New York
  • Washington
  • United States Courts of Appeals for the 2nd and 7th Circuits
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York 
  • United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois

Justin M. Ellis

Justin Ellis’ practice focuses on complex civil litigation, white collar matters, and appellate litigation.

Prior to joining MoloLamken, Mr. Ellis was an associate in the New York office of Sullivan & Cromwell. He also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Frank H. Easterbrook, Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

Representative Matters

  • Successfully represented certificateholders of residential mortgage-backed securities trusts in Article 77 dispute over the distribution of an $8.5 billion settlement fund
  • Represent global financial institutions and investors pursuing multiple RMBS "putback" suits against mortgage originators and other responsible parties in state and federal courts
  • Obtained at arbitration an order to refund client’s entire investment in a feature-length film project based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book Interpreter of Maladies
  • Represented investors seeking the appointment of an equity holders’ committee in major retail bankruptcy
  • Represented a global financial institution facing multiple regulatory investigations and civil litigation in connection with the LIBOR price-fixing scandal
  • Represented a subsidiary of a global reinsurer pursuing tort and contract claims in New York Supreme Court involving a complex, multi-year billing-fraud scheme
  • Represented former Speaker of the New York Assembly in corruption trial in the Southern District of New York
  • Represented an investment advisor under indictment for obstruction of justice and perjury in the Southern District of New York
  • Represented diplomatic security agent under investigation by the Department of Justice regarding alleged misconduct abroad
  • Represented a CDO manager under investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission regarding alleged securities-law violations
  • Drafted successful amicus briefing at the certiorari and merits stages before the United States Supreme Court regarding the requirements for diversity jurisdiction under the Class Action Fairness Act
  • Represented a foreign central bank in a successful petition for writ of certiorari to the United States Supreme Court regarding the Article III prohibition on “rules of decision”
  • Obtained reversal of criminal contempt conviction through briefing and argument before the en banc Virginia Court of Appeals and the Virginia Supreme Court
  • Obtained reversal of summary judgment through briefing and argument before the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • Represented a state prisoner in a Fourth Amendment excessive-force jury trial before the Southern District of New York

Publications