Jonathan Y. Ellis, a former Assistant to the Solicitor General, has joined
McGuireWoods as a partner in Raleigh, North Carolina, and Washington, D.C.,
and co-leader of the firm’s appeals and issues team.
During his tenure at the Office of the Solicitor General in the U.S.
Department of Justice from 2017 to 2021, Ellis argued nine cases before the
U.S. Supreme Court and was the primary author of dozens of briefs filed
with the high court. He briefed and argued cases involving patent,
copyright, ERISA, international arbitration, telecommunications,
securities, administrative and constitutional law.
Ellis earlier served as a law clerk to John G. Roberts, Jr., Chief Justice
of the United States, and to Judge A. Raymond Randolph of the U.S. Court of
Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. At McGuireWoods, he co-leads an appellate
team recognized nationally for achieving critical victories in high-stakes
cases, helping clients reverse losses and defend significant wins, and
providing critical guidance on clients’ most difficult legal issues
wherever they arise. The team includes 10 former U.S. Supreme Court clerks
and many former law clerks from federal and state appeals courts. Ellis
also is a member of the firm’s Complex Commercial Litigation Department.
“Jonathan’s significant experience briefing and arguing cases before the
Supreme Court and other appellate courts will greatly benefit our clients
as they confront complex issues and appeals in litigation,” said Dion Hayes, McGuireWoods’ deputy managing partner for litigation. “Jonathan’s
valuable experience and strategic perspective will make him a formidable
asset in our clients’ litigation arsenal.”
“We are thrilled to add an appellate advocate of Jonathan’s caliber to our
national litigation practice,” noted
Robert Muckenfuss, chair of the firm’s Complex Commercial Litigation Department.
In addition to Ellis, McGuireWoods’ appellate team includes former U.S.
Supreme Court clerks John Adams,
Andrew McBride, John Moran and
“The insight Jonathan gained as an advocate before the Supreme Court, in
private practice and as a law clerk to Chief Justice Roberts is
invaluable,” said Schmalzbach, co-leader of the firm’s appellate team. “He
is an outstanding addition who will play an important role as we continue
to expand our appellate practice.”
Ellis earned his J.D. at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and has
served as a lecturer at the school. He holds a bachelor’s degree in
computer science from North Carolina State University and worked as a
software engineer at IBM Corp. before attending law school.
“McGuireWoods is a litigation powerhouse with a talented appellate team,”
Ellis said. “I look forward to helping the firm strengthen its Supreme
Court capabilities and collaborating with outstanding lawyers to serve our