Benjamin L.Ellison


Minneapolis + 1.612.217.8863

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.


  • 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.
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