V. John Ella: Lawyer with Jackson Lewis P.C.

V. John Ella

Shareholder
Minneapolis,  MN  U.S.A.
Phone(612) 341-8131

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Practice Areas

  • General Employment Litigation
  • Corporate Governance and Internal Investigations
  • Non-Competes and Protection Against Unfair Competition
  • Privacy
  • e-Communication and Data Security
 
University Tufts University, B.A., 1990
 
Law SchoolUniversity of Minnesota, J.D., cum laude, 1994
 
Admitted1994, Minnesota; 1995, U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota; 1996, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit; 1999, U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin; 2000, U.S. Supreme Court; 2005, New York and U.S. Court of International Trade; 2006, U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit; 2007, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin; 2008, Iowa; 2009, U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of Iowa
 
Memberships 

Bar & Professional Association Memberships
Federal Bar Association
Hennepin County Bar Association
Iowa State Bar Association
Minnesota State Bar Association

 
LanguagesPortuguese; Spanish
 
Biography

V. John Ella is a Shareholder in the Minneapolis office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He practices in all aspects of employment law and advises clients in the areas of employment contracts, handbooks, trade secret and noncompete litigation, drug testing law, privacy law, commission claims, defamation, sexual harassment claims, discrimination, plant closings, ERISA benefits litigation, wage and hour compliance, whistleblower and Sarbanes-Oxley claims as well as closely-held corporation and partnership disputes.

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Mr. Ella has obtained successful verdicts in jury trials and court trials in federal and state district courts in Minnesota and state court in Iowa, and has appeared before the Minnesota Court of Appeals, the Minnesota Supreme Court, the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals and the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals. He was named as a “Top 100” Attorney (Minnesota) by Super Lawyers Magazine and has been recognized as a “Super Lawyer” in Minnesota every year since 2002.

Mr. Ella is the author of over ninety articles or book chapters for various legal publications. He frequently lectures on the topic of workplace privacy and employee monitoring. He also speaks on common law fraud and was co-author of the Summary Guide to Fraud, Misrepresentation and Deceptive Trade Practices.

Mr. Ella is a recognized commentator on the topic of “Executive Law” and has been quoted in dozens of newspaper and magazine articles regarding stock options, executive compensation, noncompetes, restrictive covenants and executive severance agreements and has lectured at several CLEs on the topic of Executive Law.

Mr. Ella is also known for having defended dozens of employers regarding claims under the Minnesota Drug and Alcohol Testing in the Workplace Act.

Mr. Ella is certified by the Minnesota State Bar Association as a Labor and Employment Law Specialist. He is also certified as an Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US) by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).

V. John Ella is a Shareholder in the Minneapolis office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He practices in all aspects of employment law and advises clients in the areas of employment contracts, handbooks, trade secret and noncompete litigation, drug testing law, privacy law, commission claims, defamation, sexual harassment claims, discrimination, plant closings, ERISA benefits litigation, wage and hour compliance, whistleblower and Sarbanes-Oxley claims as well as closely-held corporation and partnership disputes.

V. John Ella

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Mr. Ella has obtained successful verdicts in jury trials and court trials in federal and state district courts in Minnesota and state court in Iowa, and has appeared before the Minnesota Court of Appeals, the Minnesota Supreme Court, the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals and the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals. He was named as a “Top 100” Attorney (Minnesota) by Super Lawyers Magazine and has been recognized as a “Super Lawyer” in Minnesota every year since 2002.

Mr. Ella is the author of over ninety articles or book chapters for various legal publications. He frequently lectures on the topic of workplace privacy and employee monitoring. He also speaks on common law fraud and was co-author of the Summary Guide to Fraud, Misrepresentation and Deceptive Trade Practices.

Mr. Ella is a recognized commentator on the topic of “Executive Law” and has been quoted in dozens of newspaper and magazine articles regarding stock options, executive compensation, noncompetes, restrictive covenants and executive severance agreements and has lectured at several CLEs on the topic of Executive Law.

Mr. Ella is also known for having defended dozens of employers regarding claims under the Minnesota Drug and Alcohol Testing in the Workplace Act.

Mr. Ella is certified by the Minnesota State Bar Association as a Labor and Employment Law Specialist. He is also certified as an Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US) by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).

Honors, Awards and Pro Bono Activity
•Appointed to Minnesota Board of Medical Practice - 2010; Re-appointed 2014; Secretary 2014
•Named as “Top 100” Attorney (Minnesota) by Super Lawyers Magazine - 2014
•Top 40 Employment Law Attorney - Minnesota Law and Politics - 2006, 2007, and 2008
•Super Lawyer - Minnesota Law and Politics - 2002 - 2014
•Rising Star - Minnesota Law and Politics - 2001 & 2002
•Board of Directors, Evergreen Montessori, Crystal, MN - 2014
•Commissioner, Robbinsdale Human Rights Commission - 2006 - 2007
•Legal Writing Instructor, University of Minnesota Law School - 1999-2000 & 2000-2001
•Board of Directors, University of Minnesota Student Legal Services - 2001-2005
•Board of Directors, Legal Marketing Association, Minnesota Chapter - 2003-2004
•Board of Directors, Willmar Hispanic Alliance - 1995-1996
•Law Clerk, Judge Carol B. Amon, Eastern District of New York - 1996-1997
•Law Clerk, Judge William E. Kalar, Ninth Judicial District of Minnesota - 1994-1995
•AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
•Member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)
•Member, Minnesota Board of Legal Certification - 2015

Published Works
•Appointed to Minnesota Board of Medical Practice - 2010; Re-appointed 2014; Secretary 2014
•Named as “Top 100” Attorney (Minnesota) by Super Lawyers Magazine - 2014
•Top 40 Employment Law Attorney - Minnesota Law and Politics - 2006, 2007, and 2008
•Super Lawyer - Minnesota Law and Politics - 2002 - 2014
•Rising Star - Minnesota Law and Politics - 2001 & 2002
•Board of Directors, Evergreen Montessori, Crystal, MN - 2014
•Commissioner, Robbinsdale Human Rights Commission - 2006 - 2007
•Legal Writing Instructor, University of Minnesota Law School - 1999-2000 & 2000-2001
•Board of Directors, University of Minnesota Student Legal Services - 2001-2005
•Board of Directors, Legal Marketing Association, Minnesota Chapter - 2003-2004
•Board of Directors, Willmar Hispanic Alliance - 1995-1996
•Law Clerk, Judge Carol B. Amon, Eastern District of New York - 1996-1997
•Law Clerk, Judge William E. Kalar, Ninth Judicial District of Minnesota - 1994-1995
•AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
•Member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)
•Member, Minnesota Board of Legal Certification - 2015

Selected Presentations
•“ADA Compliance - Getting it Right” - Minnesota CLE - December 5, 2013
•“Non-Competes - One Size Does not Fit All 50 States” - Jackson Lewis Half Day Employment Law Seminar, October 16, 2013
•“Midwest Madness - Varying Enforcement in the 5-State Region, Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, St. Paul, MN, May 21, 2013
•“Protecting your Organization: An Advanced Course on Handbook and Policy Drafting”, Des Moines, IA May 16, 2013
•“Privacy and Other Workplace Issues”, Sterling CLE, Mpls, MN May 8, 2013
•Workplace Defamation and Tortious Interference, Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, May 22, 2012
•Iowa Breakfast Series - 12 Tips for 2012, Des Moines, Iowa, April 19, 2012.
•March Madness - Minnesota Marital Status Claims, Minnesota State Bar Association, March 21, 2012.
•Drafting Bonus and Commission Plans and Litigating Wage Claims in Minnesota - Hennepin County Bar Association, February 7, 2012
•“Linked in or Left Out? - The Collision of Social Media and Employment Law” Jackson Lewis Breakfast Series, April 14, 2011 (Des Moines, Iowa) and October 27, 2011 (Cedar Rapids, Iowa)
•Employee Documentation, Discipline & Discharge, National Business Institute, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, August 31, 2011
•Midwest Madness - Employment Laws of Neighboring States, Minnesota CLE - Midwest Employment Law Institute, May 23, 2011.
•“Defamation and Tortious Interference Claims - Recent Developments” - Hennepin County Bar Association, Feb. 1, 2011
•“Up in Smoke - Is Complying with Minnesota Drug Testing Laws a Pipe Dream?” Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM), Annual State Conference, Duluth, Minnesota, October 12, 2010.
•“Legal Update for Recruiters,” U.S. Recruiting Network, National Conference, October 1, 2010 “Linked in or Left Out? - The Collision of Social Media and Employment Law” Jackson Lewis Breakfast Series, September 23, 2010.
•The Minneapolis EEOC Area Office - an Update on What is New at the EEOC Locally - Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, May 24, 2010.
•ERISA Litigation Update, Hennepin County Bar Association October 6, 2009
•Midwest Madness - Highlights of Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, Minn. CLE, August 19, 2009
•Midwest Madness - Employment Laws of Neighboring States, Minnesota CLE - Midwest Employment Law Institute, May 30, 2009.
•Common Law Fraud (May 1, 2009) - Minnesota CLE
•Top Evidentiary Issues in Employment Law Litigation - Hennepin County Bar Association, Section on Labor & Employment Law, December 2, 2008
•Filing and Responding to Charges: Agency Insights and Hot Topics, Minnesota CLE - Midwest Employment Law Institute, May 30, 2008.
•Employment Practices Liability Insurance: What Every Employment Lawyer Needs to Know Minnesota CLE, May 21, 2008
•“Blogging and Employment Law,” Minnesota CLE, April 15, 2008
•“DATWA Turns Twenty - A look back at Minnesota's Drug and Alcohol Testing in the Workplace Act twenty years after enactment,” Hennepin County Bar Association, Section on Labor & Employment Law, September 18, 2007
•“Age Discrimination Update”, Minnesota CLE - Midwest Employment Law Institute, May 30, 2007.
•“Common Law Fraud,” Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Trade Practices Regulation in Minnesota, Minnesota CLE, May 9, 2007
•Planning Committee Member and Speaker on Special Issues Involving Executives at Publicly Traded Companies and Noncompetes, Restrictive Covenants & Trade Secrets at Advanced Executive (and Key Employee) Law Minnesota CLE, February 7, 2007.
•The Lurking Menace of Duty of Loyalty Claims - Hennepin County Bar Association, Section on Labor & Employment Law, November 15, 2005
•Noncompete Agreements in the Great Lakes Region, Lawyers Associated Worldwide - Great Lakes Sub Regional Meeting, March 10, 2006
•“Executive Law”, Business Law Institute, Minnesota CLE, April 19, 2005
•Program Chair, “Fraud, Misrepresentation and Deceptive Trade Practices”, and speaker, “Common Law Fraud”, Minnesota CLE, March 11, 2005
•“Law of the Executive”, Annual Midwest Employment Law Institute, Minnesota CLE, May 26, 2004
•Program Chair, “Fraud, Misrepresentation and Deceptive Trade Practices”, and speaker, “Common Law Fraud”, Minnesota CLE, August 15, 2002
•“The WARN Act”, Reductions in Force, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education (MILE) Feb 14, 2002
•“Legal Writing Should Not Be A Crime”, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education (MILE) October 20, 2000.
•“Legal Issues Concerning Employee Stock Options”, Greater Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce, Nov. 15, 2000.
•“Opening and Closing Battles: Preemption, Removal, Remand and Fee Awards Under ERISA”, ERISA Litigation Institute, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education (MILE) April 12, 2000.
•“Trade Secrets 2000: An Introduction to Trade Secrets,” Non-competes and Confidentiality Agreements?,” Trade Secrets -- Protection from Industrial Espionage, (MILE) Jan. 13, 2000. “When is A Plan Under “Serious Consideration?” ERISA Litigation Institute, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education (MILE) Feb. 25, 1999
•“An Overview of Trade Secrets, Confidentiality Agreements, and Covenants not to Compete”, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education (MILE), Jan. 26, 1999
•“Non-Competes and Trade Secrets: Protecting Personnel & Ideas in a High-Tech Society”, National Practice Institute (M.P.I.) Law & Technology Show, Sept. 1, 1998
•“Understanding the Nature of Trade Secrets”, Successful Trade Secret Protection and Enforcement Strategies, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education (MILE), May 14, 1998
•“A Litigator Looks at Trade Secrets, Covenants Not to Compete and Confidentiality Agreements”, Trade Secrets, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education (MILE), Jan. 27, 1998

 
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Confidentiality Agreements May Violate Dodd-Frank Act
Richard J. Cino,V. John Ella,David R. Jimenez,Joseph C. Toris, April 16, 2015
Among other things, the DFA established the statutory framework for the SEC’s whistleblower program. After developing and implementing the program, the SEC said that it would turn its focus to employer agreements — whether separation agreements, confidentiality agreements, or other...

$40 Million In Sale of Business Held Sufficient Consideration for Non-Compete
V. John Ella, March 31, 2015
A federal court in Minnesota has rebuffed a plea by the founders of medical device company Rochester Medical to invalidate five year non-competes they signed in connection with the sale of their business to C.R. Bard, Inc. Conway v. C.R. Bard, Inc. (D. Minn. Feb. 12, 2015). Plaintiffs argued that...

Eighth Circuit Affirms Judgment on the Pleadings in Arkansas Non-Compete Case
V. John Ella,James L. Mulroy, March 31, 2015
The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed a lower court decision granting judgment on the pleadings to defendant in non-compete dispute based on Arkansas law. The decision in NanoMech, Inc. v. Suresh rested in part on the fact that the non-compete did not include a geographic limitation and...



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225 South Sixth Street, Suite 3850
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