Winning a $1 million settlement from Corning Inc.
just over five years out of law school is just one reason why Andrew Ellis
is among the most successful litigators in Los Angeles.
Another is the rigorous work ethic and self-discipline indicative of a former stint in the U.S. Army-Â and before that, the poise and quick thinking under pressure of a onetime craps dealer in the casinos of Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Today, as the founder and senior partner of Ellis Law CorporationÂ heÂ heads a team of experienced litigators representing clients in a wide variety of serious personal injury lawsuits including automobile accidents, negligence, medical malpractice,Â elder abuse and product liability.
success to two qualities: a dogged determination to win on behalf of his
client and a commitment to playing fair and courteously with the opposition.
Indeed, opposing counsel has described him as â€œa pleasure to work withâ€ and â€œcordial and professional.â€ The legal profession runs deep within the Ellis bloodline.
Mr. Ellisâ€™ great-grandfather, in addition to founding the New York City firm Ellis, Ellis & Ellis
(which closed its doors in 1993) was Theodore Rooseveltâ€™s lawyer and head of the New York City Republican party at the turn of the century.
With a degree in business and economics from UCLA, Mr. Ellis began his legal education at Seton Hall University School of Law in New Jersey and later transfered to Loyola the following year where he ultimately earned his JD.
personal injury practice fresh out of law schoolâ€"from an apartment he
shared with roommates for $220 in rent.
teamed up with a law school pal to take 30 cases from an attorney friend who had no wish to litigate them. â€œMy first trial was a disaster,â€ Ellis admits. â€œWe won but it was a $414 award.
It was five months out of law school when I took it.â€ The Corning settlement several years later signified an end to law school loans and the launching of Ellisâ€™ own practice, over which he
now presides from his
office in L.A.â€™s Westwood district, above the bustling traffic of Wilshire Boulevard.
What keeps Ellis
in business is not just the incentive to win (and the winning itself), but the approach he
takes to his
job. â€œThe thought process behind my job is to do morally what is correct,â€ he
says. â€œWeâ€™re in a business that allows us to obtain some lucrative benefits, but if I canâ€™t make this a better place that Iâ€™m living in, why am I even doing this?â€