Scott Ellis is vice chair of Foley’s national Energy Litigation Practice, and the hiring partner for the Houston office. Scott is an experienced and recognized trial attorney, handling high-stakes litigation throughout Texas and the United States for domestic and international clients in the energy, construction, industrial gas, banking, and financial sectors. Clients hire Scott for his experience in litigating and resolving disputes arising from breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, and theft.
Scott routinely lectures about advanced collection techniques, including mineral liens, materialman’s liens, sequestrations, and garnishments. These techniques are used to efficiently and cost-effectively collect funds rightfully owed to his clients. Domestic and international clients hire Scott to serve as lead collection counsel for debts and judgments that others have deemed uncollectible.
Complementing his commercial litigation practice, Scott also serves as a securities lawyer 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 earns the respect of his clients through straight-forward, honest case evaluation; practical, cost-efficient strategies; and constant focus on achieving the best end-game result for his clients. Scott regularly tries cases, and his trial-focused approach 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 10 consecutive years, 2010-2019.