Julian  Ellis, Jr.
 

Julian Ellis represents sophisticated clients in complex commercial litigation at the trial and appellate levels. Prior to joining WTO, Julian served as a law clerk to The Honorable Timothy M. Tymkovich, Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, and was a litigation associate at a full-service law firm in Denver.

In his first year in practice, Julian assisted with preparing two multimillion-dollar cases for trial. He also served as lead appellate counsel in a pro bono matter and obtained a complete reversal from the Colorado Court of Appeals on an issue of first impression.

Before pursuing a degree in law, Julian worked for five years in the financial services industry. He worked for both private businesses and large financial institutions, primarily concentrating on publicly traded entities. Julian’s background gives him a unique business perspective and guides how he advises corporate clients in litigation.

In addition to practice, Julian is active in the international commercial arbitration moot community. He assists with coaching the University of Denver’s international commercial arbitration team, which competes in Singapore, Hong Kong, Brussels, Budapest, Paris, and Vienna. Julian also actively writes on the intersection of arbitration and insolvency laws.

Other Experience

Judicial Extern to Judge Michael E. Romero, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Colorado
Judicial Extern to Judge Sidney B. Brooks, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Colorado  
Lewis Roca Rothgerber LLP, associate and summer associate
Various Financial Institutions, assistant vice president and analyst 

Legal Memberships, Activities, and Honors

Tenth Circuit Historical Society, Corporate Secretary
Federal Faculty of Advocates, Member
American Bankruptcy Institute, Member 
The Federalist Society, Member
Moot Alumni Association, Member

Community Memberships, Activities, and Honors

University of Denver Law Alumni Council, Member (2014–2016)
University of Denver, Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, Coach
University of Denver Professional Mentoring Program, Mentor 
Boykin Spaniel Rescue & Operation Little Brown Dog, Foster Parent 

Personal Interests

Skiing, golf, and Boykin Spaniels


Representative Cases
  • Won a multimillion-dollar arbitration award for an energy company, recovering more than 15 times the last settlement offer made before trial.
  • In re Marriage of Gross, 371 P.3d 744 (Colo. App. 2016) - Served as lead appellate counsel and obtained a complete reversal of a lower court's decision to retroactively relinquish a parent's support obligations. The published decision establishes important precedent in Colorado concerning the effective date of an order relinquishing parental rights.
  • Represented an AmLaw 100 firm in a professional liability lawsuit involving claims of malpractice, breach of fiduciary duty, and other business torts. The plaintiffs claimed in excess of $20 million in damages. The matter resolved favorably days before trial.
  • Represented several state funds (including Colorado) in recovering millions related to underground storage tank litigation.
Bar and Court Admissions
  • Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
Other Experience

Judicial Extern to Judge Michael E. Romero, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Colorado
Judicial Extern to Judge Sidney B. Brooks, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Colorado  
Lewis Roca Rothgerber LLP, associate and summer associate
Various Financial Institutions, assistant vice president and analyst 

Legal Memberships, Activities, and Honors

Tenth Circuit Historical Society, Corporate Secretary
Federal Faculty of Advocates, Member
American Bankruptcy Institute, Member 
The Federalist Society, Member
Moot Alumni Association, Member

Government Service

Law Clerk to The Honorable Timothy M. Tymkovich, United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit

Community Memberships, Activities, and Honors

University of Denver Law Alumni Council, Member (2014–2016)
University of Denver, Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, Coach
University of Denver Professional Mentoring Program, Mentor 
Boykin Spaniel Rescue & Operation Little Brown Dog, Foster Parent 

Personal Interests

Skiing, golf, and Boykin Spaniels

Articles/Presentations
Education
  • University of Denver Sturm College of Law, J.D., 2014, Order of the Coif & Order of St. Ives, Denver University Law Review, Articles Editor
  • Valdosta State University, Langdale College of Business, MBA, 2009, Beta Gamma Sigma
  • Valdosta State University, Langdale College of Business, B.B.A., 2007, Finance
Government Service

Law Clerk to The Honorable Timothy M. Tymkovich, United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit

Bar and Court Admissions
  • Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit