Scott D. Ellis

Partner

Overview

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.

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, State Bar of Texas
  • Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
  • Member, Texas Young Lawyers Association

Community Involvement

  • Director, Young Friends Board, Ronald McDonald House Houston
  • Trustee, Henry David Thoreau Foundation
  • Member and Former Vice President, Young Professional's Board, Camp for All, Houston
  • Member, Phi Beta Kappa Alumni Association of Greater Houston

Honors & Awards

  • Recognized, Texas Rising Star by Super Lawyers®, a Thomson Reuters business, as published in Texas Super Lawyers Magazine
    • Business Litigation (2010-2018)
    • Texas Up-and-Coming 100 list, Top-ranked
    • Recognized, Top Verdict, a RegoMark business, as published on Topverdict.com
      • Top 100 U.S. Verdict (2014)

    Education

    • J.D., University of Houston Law Center (2006)
      • Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Environmental and Energy Law and Policy Journal
      • Recipient, Scholarship and Leadership Award, American Law Institute/American Bar Association
      • Mediator, A.A. White Dispute Resolution Center Certificate
      • Amicus Attorney/Guardian ad Litem, Children’s Friend in Court Certificate
      • Member, Admissions Committee
    • B.A., American University (2003), magna cum laude
      • Member, Phi Beta Kappa Society
      • Recognized, Henry David Thoreau Scholar

    Admissions

    • Texas State Courts (2006)
    • Texas (2006)

    Representative Matters

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    Successfully negotiated the release of $1.8 million from the registry of the court for a Mexican client related to loan agreements for a construction project located in Texas
    Represented global contractor in the design and construction of drilling and work over rigs for the onshore and offshore oil and gas industries, in trademark infringement and misappropriation of trade secrets, resulting in a favorable settlement
    Gardere represented a national chain of fitness gyms in a Fair Labor Standards Act lawsuit brought by two separate but related groups of employees. These employees claimed that our client failed to include all of their compensation in their regular-rate