Mr. Ellis has been handling complex business and real estate litigation matters since graduating from the UCLA School of Law in 1985. His practice experience includes a broad range of trial and appellate matters in both the state and federal court systems, and experience in alternative dispute resolution venues, including arbitration and mediation.
Steve 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 on behalf of public and private companies, partnerships and business associations. In the real estate arena, he handles 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 lenders, developers, contractors and design professionals. A list of representative cases can be supplied to interested clients.
Mr. Ellis is admitted to practice in all state and federal trial courts in California, as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Steve joined Rutan & Tucker in 1989, and served as head of the Firm's Trial Section from 2005 through 2008. Locally, Steve is co-chair of the Mandatory Fee Arbitration Committee of the Orange County Bar Association 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 30 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 member of the Governing Board for the Los Alamitos Medical Center.
Areas of Expertise
· Business Litigation
· Real Estate
· Construction Litigation
· 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)
Memberships & Associations
· Orange County Bar Association
Awards & Honors
· AV® Preemininent™ rating with LexisNexis/Martindale Hubbell