Al Ellis

Sommerman & Quesada, LLP
3811 Turtle Creek Blvd.
Suite 1400
Dallas, TX 75219
(214) 720-0720
www.textrial.com


Al Ellis is known in legal circles for his leadership and integrity in the practice of law, as well as his service to the community. At Sommerman, McCaffity & Quesada, L.L.P., he focuses his practice on personal injury, products liability and medical malpractice litigation and mediation.

Al vigorously advocates for his clients, having tried more than 175 jury trials.  He is Board Certified in Personal Injury and Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and has been admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and all federal and state courts in Texas.

Al serves as Community Outreach Facilitator of the UNT Dallas School of Law.  He is also an active member in numerous prestigious legal societies, including the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, the American Board of Trial Advocates, Dallas Council on Alcoholism, the Dallas and Texas Bar Associations, and the Texas Trial Lawyers Association.  Al also enjoys using his legal skills to give back to the community, having participated in organizations such as Law Focused Education, Inc., Legal Services of North Texas, Dallas Legal Hospice, and currently in Dallas Habitat for Humanity and the the Salesmanship Club of Dallas.

Following graduation from the University of Texas at Arlington and a tour of duty in Vietnam as a U.S. Army Airborne infantry officer, Al obtained his Juris Doctor from Southern Methodist University. While attending SMU, Al was student chief counsel for the SMU Legal Clinic and a member of the board of editors for the Journal of Air Law and Commerce.

SERVICES

Personal Injury
Products Liability
Medical Malpractice
Mediation

ADMISSIONS

State Bar of Texas, 1972
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas, 1972
U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas, 1972
U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas, 1972
U.S. District Court Western District of Texas, 1972
U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1972
U.S. Supreme Court, 1972

EDUCATION

Southern Methodist University School of Law, J.D., 1971
University of Texas at Arlington

HONORS AND AWARDS

Board Certified, Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization
Board Certified, Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and by the National Board of Trial Advocacy
Nation's Top Attorneys, 2015 by National Association of Distinguished Counsel
Best Lawyers in America, 2003 - 2017 by Woodward White, Inc.
Super Lawyers, 2003-2015 by Thomson Reuters
Martin Luther King Jr. Justice Award, 2013 by the Dallas Bar Association
UTA Distinguished Alumni Award, 2011 by the University of Texas at Arlington
Justinian Award, 2010 by Dallas Lawyers Auxiliary
UTA Department of Military Science Hall of Honor, inducted in 2013
C.B. Bunkley Community Service Award, 2009 by the J.L. Turner Legal Association
Jim D. Bowmer Professionalism Award, 2009 by the Texas Bar College
Nancy Garms Memorial Award, Outstanding Contributions to Law-Focused Education, 1996 by the State Bar of Texas
Leon Jaworski Award for Teaching Excellence in Law Focused Education, 1995 by the State Bar of Texas
Distinguished Service Award, 1993 by the Dallas All Sports Association
Dan Rugeley Price Memorial Award, 2003 by the Texas Bar Foundation
D Magazine's Best Lawyers in Dallas, 2003 and 2015

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS

Million Dollar Advocates Forum
Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Past Board Member
State Bar of Texas, Past Board Member
College of State Bar of Texas
Law Focused Education, Inc., Past President and Board Member
Legal Services of North Texas, Past Board Member
Dallas Legal Hospice, Past Board Member
Dallas Habitat for Humanity, Past Board Member
Texas Center for Legal Ethics and Professionalism, Past Chair
William "Mac" Taylor Inn of Court
Dallas Bar Association, Past President
Dallas Trial Lawyers Association, Past President
Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, Past President
American Board of Trial Advocates Dallas Chapter, Past President
Salesmanship Club of Dallas
Dallas Council on Alcoholism, Past President
Dallas All Sports Association, Past President
International Association of Trial Lawyers

CLASSES AND SEMINARS

Frequent speaker on ethics and professionalism