Robert J. Ellison
Rob Ellison is a member of the Litigation & Trial Department and Entertainment, Sports & Media Practice. He focuses his practice in the areas of entertainment, sports and media litigation, intellectual property litigation, including trademark, copyright and trade secrets litigation, and general commercial litigation.
Mr. Ellison actively participates in the firm’s pro bono program. Since joining the firm, he has helped Holocaust survivors secure reparations from the German government, advised the Humane Society of the United States regarding comments to the federal government concerning proposed federal shark finning regulations, successfully represented tenants in an unlawful detainer case and secured an award for a client following a hearing before the Labor Commissioner in a wage and hour claim against the client’s former employer. Mr. Ellison also recently represented the Marin Humane Society in a successful appeal related to the seizure of badly neglected horses and, following remand by the California Court of Appeal, first-chaired the subsequent three-day, evidentiary hearing before an administrative hearing officer who upheld the seizures by Mr. Ellison’s client. For their efforts, Mr. Ellison and his team were recently honored as the Marin Humane Society’s “Humanitarians of the Year.”
While in law school, Mr. Ellison externed for the Civil Division, Appellate Staff of the US Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., where he most notably co-authored a brief on behalf of the US Department of Health and Human Services in a matter before the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and drafted a brief in opposition to certiorari on behalf of the US Solicitor General’s office in a matter being considered by the US Supreme Court.