Will Ellerman is a trial and appellate lawyer with nearly twenty years of experience in handling complex commercial litigation on behalf of corporations and individuals. Mr. Ellerman has practiced on both sides of the docket, having represented plaintiffs and defendants in high stakes, "bet the company" litigation. He has handled cases involving intellectual property, contractual disputes, business torts, banking, securities, oil and gas, media law, and numerous other categories of complex disputes. Mr. Ellerman has obtained multi-million dollar jury and bench trial verdicts, achieved many favorable settlements, and he has successfully defended clients in Texas and beyond. Mr. Ellerman's practice spans all phases of litigation, from the inception of cases through the appellate process. In that regard, he has handled numerous appeals in federal and state courts across the country. He has briefed matters to the United States Supreme Court and multiple federal and state courts of appeal, and he has argued before many appellate courts, including the Texas Supreme Court. Prior to joining Shore Chan DePumpo LLP, Mr. Ellerman was a partner in the trial section of Jackson Walker L.L.P.
Juris Doctor, summa cum laude, Baylor University School of Law, Waco, Texas, 1998. Mr. Ellerman was named the 1998 Outstanding Law Student of Baylor University, and he graduated first in his law school class. He was the Symposium Editor and a Notes and Comments Editor of the Baylor Law Review.
Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1995.
United States Supreme Court
United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
United States District Courts for the Northern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas
Professional Achievements and Memberships
Member, State Bar of Texas
Member, Appellate Section of the State Bar of Texas
Recognized as a "Rising Star" by Thompson Reuters in 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, and 2013
Select Published Cases
Johanns v. Livestock Mktg. Ass'n, et. al., 544 U.S. 550 (2005) (submitted amicus briefing on behalf of over 100 agricultural associations in support of the famous "Beef: It's What's For Dinner" advertising campaign).
Excel Corp. v. Apodaca, 81 S.W.3d 817 (Tex. 2002) (obtained reversal and rendering of a jury verdict arising from a workplace accident).
Med. City Dallas, Ltd. v. Carlisle Corp., 251 S.W.3d 55 (Tex. 2008) (briefed and argued an attorneys' fee dispute to the Texas Supreme Court).
JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. v. Borquez, 481 S.W.3d 255 (Tex. App.-Dallas 2015) (pet. denied) (obtained a reversal and rendering of a $4 million jury verdict).
Glazer's Wholesale Distribs. v. Heineken United States, 95 S.W.3d 286 (obtained a decision holding a provision of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code to be unconstitutional).
MRT, Inc. v. Vounckx, 299 S.W.3d 500 (Tex. App.-Dallas 2009) (no pet.) (affirming a take-nothing judgment in a case involving allegations of fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, and alleged destruction of evidence).