Press Release November 23, 2010

Goodwin Procter Expands California Commercial Litigation Presence with Addition of Steven Ellis in Los Angeles

BOSTON, Nov. 23, 2010 – Goodwin Procter, a national Am Law 50 firm, announced today that Steven A. Ellis has joined the firm as a partner in its Consumer Financial Services Litigation practice, in its Los Angeles office.  Ellis’ practice will focus on complex commercial litigation, defense of class action lawsuits in federal and state courts, and representation of financial institutions, insurance companies and large corporations in consumer fraud, credit card processing and other financial services matters.  He joins the firm from Sidley Austin.

“We are delighted to welcome Steve as a key member of our growing California team,” said Regina M. Pisa, chairman and managing partner.  “His expertise in consumer cases, investigations and related matters strengthens our ability to support national and regional clients, particularly those involved in litigation in the Southern California courts.”

Goodwin Procter has grown significantly in California, adding partners in its intellectual property, technology and venture capital practices.  The firm now has more than 100 attorneys in California. 

Prior to joining Goodwin Procter, Ellis was a member of the financial services/consumer class actions group at Sidley Austin in Los Angeles.  Previously, he served as associate counsel for the Office of Iran-Contra Independent Counsel.  Before that, Ellis served as a law clerk to the Honorable Douglas H. Ginsburg, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.  Ellis is the recipient of the ACLU Foundation of Southern California’s Criminal Justice Award and the Wiley W. Manuel Award for Pro Bono Legal Services awarded by the Board of Governors of the State Bar of California.  He earned his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law in 1991 and his A.B. from Harvard University in 1986.  His complete bio is available at  Ellis may be reached at 310.788.5114 or

Goodwin Procter’s Consumer Financial Services Litigation attorneys defend prominent mortgage companies, banks and credit card issuers in putative class actions and in multidistrict cases pending in federal or state courts throughout the country.  The group’s attorneys handle a variety of claims, including suits under a number of different federal lending and consumer laws, state unfair and deceptive practices statutes, privacy laws and the common law.  Goodwin Procter attorneys in this group also provide advice to clients on risk and compliance issues, and represent clients before federal banking agencies, the Department of Justice, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Federal Trade Commission, and state officials, including state attorneys general.

About Goodwin Procter
Goodwin Procter LLP is one of the nation’s leading law firms with offices in Boston, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, New York, San Diego, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, and Washington, D.C.  The firm’s core areas of practice are corporate, litigation and real estate, with specialized areas of focus that include financial services, private equity, technology, REITs and real estate capital markets, intellectual property, products liability and mass torts. Information may be found at