Scott D. Ellis



Scott Ellis is vice chair of Foley’s national Energy Litigation Practice, and the hiring partner for the Houston office. He is also a member of the firm’s Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance (ESG) Team. Scott is an experienced 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 is an adjunct professor at the University of Houston Law Center, and routinely teaches Trial Advocacy.

Super Lawyers has recognized Scott as a Texas Rising Star 11 times. In 2020, the Houston Business Journal named Scott to its 40 Under 40 Class of 2020, which honors the top 40 business and community leaders under 40 in Houston. In September 2020, Scott received Texas Lawyer’s Best Mentor Award, recognizing his commitment to mentoring the next generation of Texas lawyers. Scott is a past Co-Chair of the Houston Bar Association’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee and, in 2020, was appointed by the HBA President to the Houston Bar Association’s Implicit Bias Task Force.

Complementing his commercial litigation practice, 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.

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 efficient pretrial discovery and better outcomes for his clients.

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.

Thought Leadership

Scott is an adjunct professor at the University of Houston Law Center.

Professional Affiliations

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

Community Involvement

  • Co-Chair, Houston Bar Association Diversity & Inclusion Committee
  • Board Member, Scenic Houston
  • Former 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 (2010-2020)
    • Texas Up-and-Coming 100 list, Top-ranked
    • Named, Houston Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 (2020)
    • Named, Best Mentor by Texas Lawyer (2020)
    • Recipient, The Foley Carl Hitchner Mentor of the Year Award (2019)
    • Recognized, Top Verdict, a RegoMark business, as published on
      • Top 100 U.S. Verdict (2014)


    • University of Houston Law Center (J.D., 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
    • American University (B.A., magna cum laude, 2003)
      • Member, Phi Beta Kappa Society
      • Recognized, Henry David Thoreau Scholar


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