Willie C.  Ellis, Jr.

Biography

Will Ellis concentrates his practice on the representation of corporate, municipal, and individual clients in commercial and contractual disputes, business torts, bad-faith, construction, employment discrimination, personal injury, and product liability matters. Will has defended and prosecuted claims on behalf of Fortune 500 corporations, corporate officers, municipalities, government officers, and healthcare facilities (including one of the largest hospital authorities in the Southeastern United States) in lawsuits, mediations, and pre-litigation matters. In addition, Will has extensive experience in estate and trust litigation. Furthermore, Will organizes and presents at continuing legal education seminars as well as at seminars designed to educate his clients on claim avoidance and litigation trends.

Professional Expertise

  • Managed the defense of a Fortune 500 client in a mass tort class action suit involving more than 2,400 plaintiffs in the U.S. Virgin Islands -- summary judgment affirmed by 3rd Circuit. 572 Fed. Appx. 114 (2014); 
  • Managed the defense of the nation’s leading transport operator against personal injury, wrongful death, premises liability, and breach of contract claims;
  • Managed the defense of a class action suit filed against a large real estate investment firm, involving breach of contract and consumer fraud claims -- class claim denied;
  • Defended a Fortune 500 client in a $45 million complex contract dispute, involving breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, and civil RICO claims;
  • Defended an international engineering, construction management and program management firm in a complex breach of contract suit wherein the plaintiff demanded $30 million for breach of contract, intellectual property infringement, and wrongful termination of an exclusive distribution and supply agreement;
  • Obtained summary judgment on a claim by two plaintiffs laid off in a reduction in force alleging gender-plus and pregnancy discrimination under Title VII and PDA. 971 F.Supp.2d. 1200 (2013); 
  • Defended one of the nation’s largest facility management service providers against claims by migrant workers (H2B Visa) alleging, among other things, FLSA and 42 U.S.C. § 1981 violations;
  • Obtained summary judgment in Duty of Fair Representation case for the American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO. AFL-CIO. 1:09-CV-2550 (2011);
  • Representing one of the nation’s fastest growing beverage retailers in premises liability cases;
  • Representing  the nation’s largest producer of paints and coatings in contract disputes and product liability claims; and
  • Representing businesses and government entities in employment matters, including Title VII, ADEA, ADA, FMLA, FLSA, USERRA, Section 1981 and Section 1983.

Services

Education

  • New York University School of Law  (J.D., 2003)
  • Clark Atlanta University  (B.S., 1999)

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia
  • New York

Courts

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia

Professional Affiliations

  • State Bar of Georgia
  • New York Bar Association
  • Atlanta Bar Association
    • Employment, Litigation, Fiduciary, Product Liability and Contracts Sections
  • Gate City Bar Association
  • Georgia Defense Lawyers Association
    • Chairman of Younger Lawyer Division
  • Lawyers Club of Atlanta
  • DRI

Honors

  • Super Lawyer "Rising Star," Super Lawyers Magazine (2014-2016)
  • Member, The National Black Lawyers- Top 40 Under 40

Trials

  • Kendrick v. City of East Point, Superior Court of Fulton County

Presentations

  • Moderator, "Lifting All Boats: Best Practices for Participating in Disadvantaged Business Enterprise and Women/Minority Business Enterprise Programs," ALFA International, 2014 Construction Practice Group Seminar, Asheville, North Carolina (July 31, 2014)
  • "Ethical Dilemmas," GDLA Young Lawyer Seminar, Atlanta, Georgia
  • "Equity as a Source of Contract Remedies," State Bar of Georgia, Atlanta, Georgia