Benjamin L.Ellison (Ben)


Minneapolis + 1.612.217.8863

Ben Ellison brings value to clients in civil litigation through his thorough, creative, and effective strategy and advocacy.

Ben's practice spans a wide variety of practice areas, including civil and criminal antitrust, employment matters, government and internal investigations, election law, securities fraud, and Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) litigation. He has worked with clients in the banking, medical device, manufacturing, mining, agriculture, and energy sectors, as well as political parties and campaigns.

Ben has handled litigation in a variety of trial and appellate courts across the country. He also frequently advises clients on litigation strategy in Minnesota state courts. In 2020 alone, he was involved in four different cases before the Minnesota Supreme Court.

Ben previously served a temporary stint as a Special Assistant City Attorney for the City of Minneapolis, prosecuting misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor crimes. During that time, Ben tried multiple jury and bench trials.


  • National Beef Packing Company defends against antitrust suitJones Day represented National Beef Packing Company, LLC in obtaining dismissal of putative antitrust class action litigation brought against four U.S. meatpackers by feedlot operators and beef consumers who allege that the meatpackers illegally conspired to reduce the price paid to feedlot operators for their cattle while simultaneously increasing the price of beef.
  • National political campaign obtains appellate stay of discovery in TCPA litigationJones Day represented a national political campaign in obtaining an emergency stay of discovery pending appeal in a Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) lawsuit.
  • U.S. Steel defeats trespass litigation relating to Minnesota iron mining operationsJones Day successfully defended United States Steel Corporation against a lawsuit brought by a mineral rights owner alleging trespass and nuisance claims relating to U.S. Steel's mining operations along the Iron Range in northern Minnesota.
  • Manufacturing company obtains settlement in accounting discrepancy disputeJones Day represented a manufacturing company in a dispute against the former owner of a small manufacturing company that it acquired.
  • Trust benefiting former ProtaTek shareholders resolves breach of contract claims against PharmgateJones Day client Liquidating Trust of Shareholders of ProtaTek International resolved a breach of contract action against Pharmgate LLC, the purchaser of ProtaTek.