Ellis, Julian R.

Julian Ellis is a seasoned litigator who represents a diverse group of sophisticated clients in commercial, political and public law matters in all phases of litigation. He has served as lead counsel in a variety of high-stakes cases at both the trial and appellate levels.

At the trial level, Julian prosecuted a breach-of-contract action through trial on behalf of a Colorado company, securing the enforcement of an unsigned agreement and an award of full damages and attorney’s fees and costs. He also defended a multimillion-dollar arbitration in Florida that resulted in zero liability for the respondent. Julian has also gained valuable experience as a second chair, including prosecuting an oil and gas arbitration on behalf of a company, resulting in a multimillion-dollar award that was 15 times more than the last settlement offer.

In addition to his trial work, Julian has served as lead strategist and brief writer in complex-motions practice. He has been instrumental in developing class-opposition strategy in class actions across the country. His strategy and briefing helped to defeat class certification and declaratory claims in a putative class action regarding a national insurer’s handling of claims for medical payments coverage and also to oppose successfully class certification in a products case that presented complex Dukes and Comcast issues.

At the appellate level, Julian advises on a range of issues, including preservation, and is counsel of record in appeals in federal and state courts across the country. For the 2019 term, he was the principal drafter or counsel of record for multiple amicus briefs before the U.S. Supreme Court, including City of Boise v. Martin (19-247) (constitutionality of Boise’s camping ban), Facebook Inc. v. Duguid (19-511) (constitutionality of TCPA), Seila Law LLC v. CFPB (19-7) (separation-of-powers case involving the CFPB) and Colorado Department of State v. Baca (19-518) (case involving state authority to bind presidential electors). Julian regularly appears in Colorado appellate courts, including the Tenth Circuit, the Colorado Supreme Court and the Colorado Court of Appeals.

Before joining the firm, Julian served as a law clerk to Chief Judge Timothy M. Tymkovich of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, and he worked as a litigation associate at a national trial firm in Denver. Julian also worked for five years in the financial services industry where he acquired a unique business perspective that informs his approach to dispute resolution.

News & Events

Tenth Circuit Historical Society, Corporate Secretary (2017–19), Director (2020–present)

University of Denver Professional Mentoring Program, Participant (2014–present)

University of Denver, Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, Coach (2014–19)

University of Denver Law Alumni Council, Member (2014–16)

Publications & Presentations
  • J.D., 2014, Order of St. Ives and Order of the Coif, University of Denver Sturm College of Law
  • M.B.A., 2009, Valdosta State University, Langdale College of Business
  • B.B.A., 2007, Valdosta State University, Langdale College of Business
  • Colorado
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois

Best Lawyers in America, Ones to Watch, 2021

Denver University Law Review, Articles Editor   

Robert J. Jackson Scholar

American Bankruptcy Institute Medal of Excellence

Krendl Business Planning Award

Hartje Writing Award

Outstanding Langdale College of Business M.B.A. Student


Supreme Court Historical Society

Tenth Circuit Historical Society

Federal Faculty of Advocates

The Federalist Society

Colorado Bar Association

Denver Bar Association

Moot Alumni Association