JOHN C. ELLIS
John C. Ellis has over a decade of legal experience and has litigated civil matters of all ranges of size and complexity in both state and federal court. John helps businesses and individuals bring or defend lawsuits related to breach of contract, personal injury, fraud, professional malpractice, breach of fiduciary duty, trademark infringement, and other statutory and common law actions. Additionally, John advises clients in the role of hourly general counsel in a manner focused on anticipating and avoiding potential litigation.
John founded Ellis Legal P.C. in 2015 after ten years of practicing at an established eight-lawyer firm in Chicago where he gained experience in a wide array of practice types. At Ellis Legal, John continues to emphasize a client-centered approach endeavoring to provide cost-effective solutions to clients' legal issues. John has managed every phase of various types of civil litigation and his clients have particularly benefited from his specialized abilities in trial and trial preparation.
John values frequent client communication and employs an aggressive but civil style of litigation aimed at maintaining prompt and fair results for his clients.
As an associate at Ellis Legal, Samantha Ditore uses her extensive trial and appellate experience to effectively litigate claims on behalf of our clients. Samantha represents those clients in a wide array of commercial litigation matters including breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, trade secret, and fraud claims.
Prior to becoming an associate at Ellis Legal, Samantha served as an Assistant State’s Attorney in the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office. As a prosecutor, she successfully completed numerous jury trials, acting as first chair trial counsel on all but one of them. She additionally conducted over 500 bench trials, substantive motions, and contested hearings relating to both civil and criminal disputes. These matters extended from misdemeanor to felony offenses.
In addition to her trial experience, Samantha brings valuable appellate experience to the firm. While assigned to the Criminal Appeals Division of the State’s Attorney’s Office, she drafted appellate briefs and defended convictions in more than 20 cases involving serious felonies such as Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault and Armed Habitual Criminal charges. During that time, Samantha presented oral argument in the First District Court of Appeals, where she successfully defended and upheld felony convictions of complex financial crimes including stringing of bids and money laundering.
Outside of her work at Ellis Legal, Samantha works as an Adjunct Professor of Trial Advocacy at Loyola University Chicago’s School of Law, educating law students in advocacy and evidence through both lecture and demonstration. Samantha also serves on the Committee for the Howlett Cup, an annual mock trial tournament dedicated to fostering community among a diverse group of Chicago area Catholic high school students.
While a student at Loyola, Samantha was twice awarded the Philip H. Corboy Fellowship in trial advocacy, an award given to a select group of students annually who demonstrate superior trial advocacy ability. She was asked to serve as a coach for that same program following graduation, a post she now proudly holds. While in the Fellowship, Samantha attained unprecedented success as an advocate in law school trial competitions, including National Championships at both the 2012 and 2013 William W. Daniels National Invitational, and Regional Championships at both the 2013 and 2014 National Trial Competition Regional Tournament. Samantha was the first and only Loyola student to reach the semi-finals or better in consecutive years at the prestigious National Trial Competition co-hosted by the American College of Trial Attorneys and Texas Young Lawyers Association. She was also honored with the Best Advocate Award at the 2013 William W. Daniels National Invitational, awarded to the most skilled advocate out of over 60 advocates from around the country.
Robert’s competitive nature and compassion for his clients drive him to achieve the best possible outcome in every case, large or small. As a litigator representing both individuals and businesses, Robert knows that the best results are only attained through consistent client communication coupled with a comprehensive understanding of the law. As such, Robert makes it a priority to understand the needs and position of each client and tailors the legal strategy to meet these needs. Robert handles a variety of civil litigation matters including breach of contract, fraud, Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act (RICO) & Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) violations, personal injury, defamation, wrongful death, and invasion of privacy claims. Robert also advocates on behalf of retired coal miners suffering from pneumoconiosis by helping them obtain health benefits through the Federal Black Lung Program.
Prior to joining the firm as an Associate, Robert spent nearly two years with Ellis Legal, P.C. as a Law Clerk where he expanded his knowledge in civil litigation by drafting dispositive motions, pleadings, and research memoranda. In law school, Robert earned his Advocacy Certificate and competed for Loyola’s nationally ranked Moot Court program for two years. Before graduating, Robert gained courtroom experience by assisting qualified ex-convicts to obtain post-conviction relief, so that they could enter the workforce and earn a living.
Before beginning law school, Robert graduated with a history degree from Grinnell College where he also played college football.