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

 
LanguagesSpanish
 
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.

V. John Ellavisit superlawyers.com

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 by Minnesota Law & Politics as a Top 40 Employment Law Attorney in Minnesota for 2006 and 2007 and has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in Minnesota every year since 2002.

Mr. Ella is the author of over eighty-five 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 Ellavisit superlawyers.com

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 by Minnesota Law & Politics as a Top 40 Employment Law Attorney in Minnesota for 2006 and 2007 and has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in Minnesota every year since 2002.

Mr. Ella is the author of over eighty-five 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).

Published Works

BooksThe ADA Handbook.
(Chapter 11 , Defense Side - Tips and Strategies for Litigation) 2013 Minnesota State Bar Association [Co-Author]Summary Guide to Filing and Responding to EEO Charges of Discrimination in Minnesota.
MN: Minnesota State Bar Association - CLE, 2008. [Co-Author]Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Trade Practice Regulation in Minnesota.
MN: 2007. [Contributing Author]Summary Guide to Fraud, Misrepresentation and Deceptive Trade Practices. 2nd ed.
MN: Minnesota State Bar Association - CLE, 2004. [Co-Author]For the Record: 150 Year of Law and Lawyers in Minnesota.
MN: 1999. [Contributing Author]

ArticlesCourt records overexposed in today's light
Minneapolis Star Tribune (July 17, 2013)[Author]Employment Law Compliance Tips for Long-Term Care Communities
published on www.leadingage.org (May 15, 2013)[Author]When to quit: We make the call, Employment law has made the decision to retire largely our own
Minneapolis Star Tribune (March 4, 2013)[Author]Book Review: Executive Law
The Federal Lawyer ()[Author]Lessons in EEOC: Priorities and Tactics from EEOC v. Van Expedited
Iowa Lawyer (September 2012) Workplace Defamation Claims in Minnesota
Bench & Bar (August 2012) HR v. HR - Relationships get awkward fast with an HR Plaintiff
HR Magazine (September 2010) Employment Practices Liability Insurance Comes of Age
Hennepin Lawyer (September 2010) We've entered the age of the whistleblower
Star Tribune Business Forum (August 9, 2009) Federal Court Tackles NFL Drug Testing Program
Sports Litigation Alert 7.1 (January 2010) [Co-Author]Now's the Time to Review your Noncompetes
Star Tribune Business Forum (September 2009) [Author]Frost/Nixon offers a few Deposition tips for Lawyers
Minnesota Lawyer (August 2009) [Author]State Should Reform Drug Testing Law
Minneapolis Star Tribune Business Forum (July 20, 2009) [Author]Employment Law by the Numbers
Minnesota Lawyer (June 1, 2009) [Author]Diagnosing Employment Law Issues in the Health Care Industry
Hennepin Lawyer (May 2009) [Author]Charge! A Look at Federal, State, and Local Discrimination Charges in Minnesota
Hennepin Lawyer (April 2008) [Co-Author]What Do They Have in Mind? Minnesota's Drug -Testing Law Turns 20
Minnesota Bench & Bar (Sept 2007) [Author]Responding to Employee Embezzlement
Employment Law 360 (May 30, 2007) [Author]Common Law Fraud Claims: A Critical Tool for Litigators
Bench & Bar (Sept 2006) [Author]Golden Parachutes to Golden Handcuffs: An Executive Law Glossary
Twin Cities Business Journal (5/19/2006) [Author]Employment Law No-Brainers
Twin Cities Business Journal (11/14/2005) [Author]No Longer Commission Impossible - Bonus Claims Get Boost
Hennepin Lawyer (July-August 2005) [Author]Pay for Peformance (Book Review)
Minneapolis Star Tribune (1/10/2005) [Author]Tips for Federal Court III
Bench and Bar (December 2004) [Co-Author]Anatomy of an Answer
Hennepin Lawyer (July/August 2004) [Author]Bad Faith Trumps Minnesota Nice When it Comes to Stock Options
Hennepin Lawyer (May/June 2004) [Author]The Firm of the Future (Book Review)
Federal Lawyer (May 2004) [Author]Reviewing SEC Disclosures Can Yield Dividends
Minnesota Lawyer (3/25/2002) [Author]Executive Perspective
Minneapolis Star Tribune (11/5/2001) [Author]Legal Issues are on the Menu for Restaurant Owners
Law Watch (Spring 2001) [Author]When The Green Card gets the Pink Slip
Minnesota Lawyer (1/12/2001) [Author]Be a Tender Sender: Tender Claims for Insurance Coverage
American Bar Association: The Young Lawyer (October 2000) [Author]Clerking Outstate: Northern Exposure, Minnesota Style
Minnesota Lawyer (7/31/2000) [Author]More Tips for Litigation in Federal Court
Bench & Bar (May/June 2000) [Co-Author]Test Your Knowledge of Federal Legislation
Federal Lawyer (January 2000) [Author]17 Steps to Protect Your Trade Secrets
You and the LAW 30.1 (January 2000) [Co-Author]A Stock Options Primer for the Employment Law Attorney
Hennepin Lawyer (June 1999) [Author]Qui Tam Lawsuits Increasing
Law Watch (Winter 1998) [Co-Author]Front Pay Damages in Eighth Circuit Employment Law Cases
Minnesota Lawyer (August 1998) [Author]Settlement Negotiations - They're Not that Confidential
Bench & Bar (April 1998) [Co-Author]Tips for Litigation in Federal Court
Bench & Bar (March 1997) [Co-Author]Lawyers Make the Best Lawmakers
Minneapolis Star Tribune (8/10/1996) [Author]Minnesota Legal Terms - A Quiz
Minnesota Journal of Law & Politics (November 1995) [Author]The Visegrad Countries of Central Europe: Integration or Isolation?
Minnesota Journal of Global Trade 2.1 (Summer 1993) [Co-Author]

Honors, Awards and Pro Bono Activity

•Appointed to Minnesota Board of Medical Practice 2010

•Top 40 Employment Law Attorney - Minnesota Law and Politics
2006, 2007, and 2008

•Super Lawyer - Minnesota Law and Politics
2002 - 2012

•Rising Star - Minnesota Law and Politics
2001 & 2002

•Commisioner, Robbinsdale Human Rights Commissinon
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)

Published Works

Books The ADA Handbook.
(Chapter 11 , Defense Side - Tips and Strategies for Litigation) 2013 Minnesota State Bar Association [Co-Author] Summary Guide to Filing and Responding to EEO Charges of Discrimination in Minnesota.
MN: Minnesota State Bar Association - CLE, 2008. [Co-Author] Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Trade Practice Regulation in Minnesota.
MN: 2007. [Contributing Author] Summary Guide to Fraud, Misrepresentation and Deceptive Trade Practices. 2nd ed.
MN: Minnesota State Bar Association - CLE, 2004. [Co-Author] For the Record: 150 Year of Law and Lawyers in Minnesota.
MN: 1999. [Contributing Author]Articles Court records overexposed in today's light
Minneapolis Star Tribune (July 17, 2013)[Author] Employment Law Compliance Tips for Long-Term Care Communities
published on www.leadingage.org (May 15, 2013)[Author] When to quit: We make the call, Employment law has made the decision to retire largely our own
Minneapolis Star Tribune (March 4, 2013)[Author] Book Review: Executive Law
The Federal Lawyer ()[Author] Lessons in EEOC: Priorities and Tactics from EEOC v. Van Expedited
Iowa Lawyer (September 2012) Workplace Defamation Claims in Minnesota
Bench & Bar (August 2012) HR v. HR - Relationships get awkward fast with an HR Plaintiff
HR Magazine (September 2010) Employment Practices Liability Insurance Comes of Age
Hennepin Lawyer (September 2010) We've entered the age of the whistleblower
Star Tribune Business Forum (August 9, 2009) Federal Court Tackles NFL Drug Testing Program
Sports Litigation Alert 7.1 (January 2010) [Co-Author] Now's the Time to Review your Noncompetes
Star Tribune Business Forum (September 2009) [Author] Frost/Nixon offers a few Deposition tips for Lawyers
Minnesota Lawyer (August 2009) [Author] State Should Reform Drug Testing Law
Minneapolis Star Tribune Business Forum (July 20, 2009) [Author] Employment Law by the Numbers
Minnesota Lawyer (June 1, 2009) [Author] Diagnosing Employment Law Issues in the Health Care Industry
Hennepin Lawyer (May 2009) [Author] Charge! A Look at Federal, State, and Local Discrimination Charges in Minnesota
Hennepin Lawyer (April 2008) [Co-Author] What Do They Have in Mind? Minnesota's Drug -Testing Law Turns 20
Minnesota Bench & Bar (Sept 2007) [Author] Responding to Employee Embezzlement
Employment Law 360 (May 30, 2007) [Author] Common Law Fraud Claims: A Critical Tool for Litigators
Bench & Bar (Sept 2006) [Author] Golden Parachutes to Golden Handcuffs: An Executive Law Glossary
Twin Cities Business Journal (5/19/2006) [Author] Employment Law No-Brainers
Twin Cities Business Journal (11/14/2005) [Author] No Longer Commission Impossible - Bonus Claims Get Boost
Hennepin Lawyer (July-August 2005) [Author] Pay for Peformance (Book Review)
Minneapolis Star Tribune (1/10/2005) [Author] Tips for Federal Court III
Bench and Bar (December 2004) [Co-Author] Anatomy of an Answer
Hennepin Lawyer (July/August 2004) [Author] Bad Faith Trumps Minnesota Nice When it Comes to Stock Options
Hennepin Lawyer (May/June 2004) [Author] The Firm of the Future (Book Review)
Federal Lawyer (May 2004) [Author] Reviewing SEC Disclosures Can Yield Dividends
Minnesota Lawyer (3/25/2002) [Author] Executive Perspective
Minneapolis Star Tribune (11/5/2001) [Author] Legal Issues are on the Menu for Restaurant Owners
Law Watch (Spring 2001) [Author] When The Green Card gets the Pink Slip
Minnesota Lawyer (1/12/2001) [Author] Be a Tender Sender: Tender Claims for Insurance Coverage
American Bar Association: The Young Lawyer (October 2000) [Author] Clerking Outstate: Northern Exposure, Minnesota Style
Minnesota Lawyer (7/31/2000) [Author] More Tips for Litigation in Federal Court
Bench & Bar (May/June 2000) [Co-Author] Test Your Knowledge of Federal Legislation
Federal Lawyer (January 2000) [Author] 17 Steps to Protect Your Trade Secrets
You and the LAW 30.1 (January 2000) [Co-Author] A Stock Options Primer for the Employment Law Attorney
Hennepin Lawyer (June 1999) [Author] Qui Tam Lawsuits Increasing
Law Watch (Winter 1998) [Co-Author] Front Pay Damages in Eighth Circuit Employment Law Cases
Minnesota Lawyer (August 1998) [Author] Settlement Negotiations - They're Not that Confidential
Bench & Bar (April 1998) [Co-Author] Tips for Litigation in Federal Court
Bench & Bar (March 1997) [Co-Author] Lawyers Make the Best Lawmakers
Minneapolis Star Tribune (8/10/1996) [Author] Minnesota Legal Terms - A Quiz
Minnesota Journal of Law & Politics (November 1995) [Author] The Visegrad Countries of Central Europe: Integration or Isolation?
Minnesota Journal of Global Trade 2.1 (Summer 1993) [Co-Author]

Honors, Awards and Pro Bono Activity

Appointed to Minnesota Board of Medical Practice 2010

Top 40 Employment Law Attorney - Minnesota Law and Politics
2006, 2007, and 2008

Super Lawyer - Minnesota Law and Politics
2002 - 2012

Rising Star - Minnesota Law and Politics
2001 & 2002

Commisioner, Robbinsdale Human Rights Commissinon
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)

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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225 South Sixth Street, Suite 3850
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