Benjamin Ellison brings value to clients in civil litigation through his thorough, creative, and effective advocacy. His practice focuses on securities fraud and ERISA litigation, as well as appellate matters. He also has experience in a wide variety of other matters, including professional liability, antitrust, bankruptcy, and constitutional law.
Benjamin has worked with banks, medical device companies, public accounting firms, a municipal housing authority, and white-collar criminal defendants. Prior to joining Jones Day in 2017 he was a member of the team that secured a 9-0 victory in the U.S. Supreme Court in a federal preemption case involving an $824 billion insurance program; successfully represented an S&P 400 education corporation on appeal in defense against multiple securities fraud lawsuits; successfully defended one of the country's largest public housing authorities against lawsuits that threatened key features of innovative public-private solutions to provide low-income housing; represented several top medical device companies in multiple securities fraud lawsuits; and represented a top 10 accounting firm in multiple civil cases stemming from the aftermath of a collapse of a major commodities and futures broker.
He has drafted briefs in several federal appellate courts, including the United States Supreme Court, and has drafted numerous dispositive motions and briefs at the trial court level.
Benjamin also maintains an active pro bono practice, helping indigent persons vindicate their rights in immigration matters, civil rights cases, and ERISA litigation. He recently successfully represented an unaccompanied minor fleeing Guatemala in bid for asylum.
- University of Notre Dame (J.D. magna cum laude 2010; Production Editor, Notre Dame Law Review; B.A. summa cum laude 2005; Phi Beta Kappa)
- Minnesota, Illinois, U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Sixth and Ninth Circuits, and U.S. District Courts for the District of Minnesota and Northern District of Illinois
- Recognized as a North Star Lawyer by the Minnesota State Bar Association (2015-2017)
- Law Clerk to Judge Alice M. Batchelder, U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit (2011)