Littler Mendelson Welcomes Defense Attorney Edward T. Ellis To Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA - Littler Mendelson P.C. has announced that Edward T. Ellis, a prominent defense attorney, has joined the firm. Ellis, a former partner at the Philadelphia office of Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads LLP, will be a shareholder in Littler's Philadelphia office.

During his time at Montgomery McCracken, Ellis served as chair of the firm's Employment Law Department. His practice focuses on labor and employment litigation, defending employers in discrimination claims, trade secret cases, whistleblower actions and wage and hour cases, among others. He has an active trial practice in the federal and state courts in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Ellis' career spans more than three decades. Before joining Montgomery McCracken in 1988, Ellis was an assistant U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania for more than five years. From 1986 to 1988, he was deputy chief for Affirmative Litigation, in which he supervised the activities of 16 civil division assistants in affirmative litigation programs. Ellis also handled district court and appellate civil litigation involving the United States and its agencies, with particular concentration in labor and employment discrimination cases, procurement fraud and government contract matters.

From 1976 to 1982, Ellis served as a staff attorney with the Philadelphia Office of the Regional Solicitor for the U.S. Department of Labor. In this capacity, he handled matters under the Fair Labor Standards Act, the veterans re-employment rights statutes, and the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act.

Ellis writes and speaks frequently on employment law issues and trial strategy. He is the author of Protection of Intangible Assets: Trade Secrets in the Age of Federal Computer Legislation, Current Developments in the Law of Retaliation, and Racial Harassment and How Employers Try to Prevent It. In addition, he has appeared as a panelist on The American Law Journal's television presentation, "The Employee's Privacy, The Employer's Right to Know," and is a regular panelist on labor and employment law programs for the American Law Institute-American Bar Association and the Pennsylvania Bar Institute.

Ellis received his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and B.A. from the University of Notre Dame cum laude. He is admitted to practice in the Pennsylvania and New Jersey state bars.

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