Scott D. Ellis

Partner, Litigation
Houston
2000 Wells Fargo Plaza
1000 Louisiana Street
Houston, Texas 77002
t 713.276.5615 f 713.276.6615
sellis@gardere.com

Scott Ellis is an experienced and recognized trial lawyer and advisor, handling high-stakes litigation throughout Texas and the United States, most often for clients in the construction, industrial gas, banking, financial, oilfield services and energy sectors. Clients hire Scott for his expertise in litigating and resolving disputes arising from breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, theft, trademark infringement and personal injury. 

Complementing his commercial litigation practice, Scott specializes in, and routinely lectures about, advanced collection techniques, including mineral liens, materialman’s liens and garnishments. These techniques are used to efficiently and cost-effectively collect funds rightfully owed to his clients. Clients throughout Texas and from around the country hire Scott to serve as lead collection counsel for debts and judgments that others have deemed uncollectible.

Scott has also developed an expertise in FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) arbitration matters, successfully representing both claimants and respondents in investor/security products arbitration proceedings throughout the United States.

Scott has earned the respect of his clients through straight-forward, honest case evaluation; practical, cost-efficient litigation strategies; and constant focus on achieving the best end-game result for his clients. Scott regularly tries cases, and his trial-focused approach to litigation results in more efficient pretrial discovery and better results for clients because he addresses every issue based on how it will impact the outcome at trial.

In 2014, Scott and his law partner, Alex Chae, obtained a $27 million breach of contract and fraud verdict – the 12th largest jury verdict in Texas, and the 73rd largest in the United States – against a foreign seller of oil and gas property in Texas. Scott is listed in the National Law Journal’s Top 100 Verdicts, and has been named a Texas Rising Star by Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, for the last six consecutive years, 2010-2015.

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