Julian Ellis has developed significant experience in a short time handling a variety of disputes. He represents sophisticated clients in commercial, political and public law matters. Prior to 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 was a litigation associate at a national trial firm in Denver.
Before pursuing a career 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 appreciation for the pressures companies face and the considerations that inform client priorities. Julian reflects this awareness in his approach to dispute resolution.
Issues and Appeals
Principal drafter of amicus brief in an appeal before the U.S. Supreme Court concerning whether the Eighth Amendment limits cities’ ability to enforce camping ordinances. Cert petition pending.
Appointed lead pro bono counsel by the Tenth Circuit to brief and argue a prisoner’s rights appeal involving claims of unconstitutional conditions of confinement in an Oklahoma prison. The Tenth Circuit reversed the district court’s dismissal order and remanded the case for further proceedings. Womble v. Chrisman, 770 F. App’x 918 (10th Cir. 2019).
Lead amicus counsel for public interest group in an appeal before the Colorado Supreme Court involving a mass shooting in Colorado Springs. Cert granted.
Appellate counsel for national insurer in a class-action appeal involving a novel statutory interpretation question. Allen v. USAA, 907 F.3d 1230 (10th Cir. 2018).
Lead appellate counsel for mother of two in a case of first impression involving whether courts may retroactively relinquish parents’ support obligations. In re Marriage of Gross, 371 P.3d 744 (Colo. App. 2016)
Principal drafter of briefs before the Colorado Supreme Court and the Colorado Court of Appeals successfully defending a cost award.
Tenth Circuit Historical Society, Corporate Secretary
University of Denver, Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, Coach and Arbitrator
University of Denver Professional Mentoring Program, Participant
University of Denver Law Alumni Council, Member (2014–2016)
Boykin Spaniel Rescue & Operation Little Brown Dog, Foster Parent
Colorado Civil Claims: Elements, Defenses and Sample Pleadings, 2019 EditionAuthor, Chapter on Product Liability - Warranties, CBA-CLE, 2019
A Comparative Law Approach: Enforceability of Arbitration Agreements in American Insolvency ProceedingsAuthor, American Bankruptcy Law Journal, Vol. 92, No. 1, 2018
RFRA: Circuits Split on “Compelling Government Interest
Co-author, American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, November 2015
The “Common Practice” of Bundling: Fact or Fiction?Author, Denver Law Review, April 19, 2019
Natural Persons, Unnatural Law: Conflict for Corporate Debtors Between § 548(d)(3)(A) and RFRACo-author, American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, March 2014
Comment, Florence v. Board of Chosen Freeholders: The Resurrection of Bell v. Wolfish and the Questions to FollowAuthor, Denver Law Review, 2013
Limited Liability Company Operating Agreements: Can Creditors Restrict a Borrower's Ability to File for Bankruptcy Protection?Co-author, Denver Law Review, 2013
Norton Bankruptcy Law & Practice 3d
Author, Chapter on "Arbitration Agreements in Bankruptcy, Thomson West, 2012
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