Mr. Ellis is a partner in the Trial section of Rutan & Tucker, where he handles complex real estate and business litigation matters. His practice experience includes a broad range of trial and appellate work in both the state and federal court systems, and experience in alternative dispute resolution venues, including arbitration and mediation.
Steve's primary area of emphasis is real estate litigation, where he handles commercial landlord-tenant, ownership, development, sale, leasing and construction disputes involving all types of commercial, industrial and residential properties. Steve works for public and private owners as well as developers, contractors and design professionals. Steve also represents public and private companies, partnerships and business associations in the prosecution and defense of contract, warranty, unfair competition, trade secret, fraud and business tort claims.
Steve served as head of the Firm's Trial Section from 2005 through 2008. Locally, Steve served as co-chair of the Mandatory Fee Arbitration Committee of the Orange County Bar Association from 2004-2010, and serves as an arbitrator for the Mandatory Arbitration Program administered by the Orange County Superior Court.
Steve and his wife Carol have been married for 35 years, and have four children. Steve is active in church and community affairs, and is a member of the Board of Directors for the Casa Youth Shelter in Los Alamitos as well as a past member of the Governing Board for the Los Alamitos Medical Center.
Awards & Honors
•AV Preemininent rating with LexisNexis/Martindale Hubbell
•CEB Panelist, Civil Procedure During Trial (1997, 1999)
•CEB Panelist, Proving and Attacking Damages (2000)
•Presenter, Five Things You Should Know About Mandatory Fee Arbitration (OCBA Last Dash 2006)
•Panelist, MFA Arbitrator Training (2003-2008)
3/9/2011 Rutan & Tucker, LLP Wins South Laguna Beach Easement Case
11/1/2010 Orange County Bar Association Recognizes Stephen Ellis of Rutan & Tucker, LLP for His Leadership