The Honorable Steven A. Ellis

Los Angeles County Superior Court, Department 084 – Room 835


The Hon. Steven A. Ellis is a judge for the Los Angeles County Superior Court in California. He was appointed to the bench by Governor Gavin Newsom in 2019. He filled the vacancy created by the retirement of the Hon. Margaret S. Henry (Ret.).

He is a registered Democrat.

Judge Ellis graduated with his A.B. in history from Harvard University in 1986. He went on to earn a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law in 1991.

He began his legal career as a law clerk to the Hon. Douglas H. Ginsburg with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, where he served from 1991 to 1992.

Upon completing his clerkship, Ellis served briefly as associate counsel for the Office of Iran-Contra Independent Counsel in Washington, D.C. Then, after relocating to Los Angeles, California, he became a litigation associate at Sidley Austin LLP in 1993. Ellis practiced in that capacity until being named a partner at the firm in 1999. At Sidley Austin, he was a member of the firm’s financial services and consumer class action groups and maintained a broad-based complex commercial litigation practice. He served as a partner there until 2010. It was at that time Ellis became a partner of the Consumer Financial Services Litigation practice at Goodwin Procter LLP. There, his practice focused on consumer class action defense as well as litigation matters brought against financial institutions. Ellis remained with Goodwin Procter until his appointment to the bench.

In addition to being named a Southern California Super Lawyer, Ellis received the Criminal Justice Award from the ACLU Foundation of Southern California and the Wiley W. Manuel Award for Pro Bono Legal Services from the Board of Governors of the State Bar of California.

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