Deshani Ellis represents corporations through all stages of high-stakes civil and criminal litigation from trial to appeal.
Prior to joining Jones Day in 2021, Deshani served as a law clerk for: Judge Halil S. Ozerden of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi and Judge Mark J. Dinsmore of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana.
Deshani has an active pro bono and public service practice. Deshani currently serves as a mentor to underrepresented young adults through Just the Beginning – A Pipeline Organization. She immigrated from Sri Lanka and is a first generation professional.
- University of California, Irvine (J.D. with honors 2019; Associate Articles Editor, UC Irvine Law Review; Certified Law Clerk, Community and Economic Development Law Clinic; Pro Bono Graduation Honors; B.A. in Political Science 2013); University of Pennsylvania (M.Ed. magna cum laude 2016, with an emphasis in Public Policy)
- California and Illinois
- Legal Extern, Office of Chief Counsel, Internal Revenue Service (Spring 2019)
- Law Clerk to: Judge Halil S. Ozerden, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Mississippi (2020-2021) and Judge Mark J. Dinsmore, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana (2019-2020)