Rob Ellison is a member of the Litigation & Trial Department and the Complex Commercial Litigation and Entertainment, Sports & Media practices. He advises clients in the areas of entertainment, sports, and media litigation, general commercial litigation, and trade secrets litigation. 

Mr. Ellison has been recognized as one of America’s Top 200 Lawyers by Forbes, one of Hollywood’s Top Entertainment Litigators by Variety, a Next Generation Partner by The Legal 500, and Litigator of the Week by The American Lawyer. He has successfully represented clients ranging from public companies, private equity backed portfolio companies, sports franchises, and celebrities to leading internet, entertainment, and emerging companies. Mr. Ellison is a seasoned trial lawyer and has co-first chaired numerous successful arbitrations.  He also has extensive experience conducting highly sensitive internal investigations and regularly consults on Entertainment, Sports & Media transactional matters with an emphasis on limiting clients’ litigation exposure.

Since joining the firm, Mr. Ellison has also actively participated in the firm’s pro bono activities, ranging from helping Holocaust survivors secure reparations from the German government to advising the Humane Society of the United States and other animal rights organizations. 

Mr. Ellison currently serves on the firm’s Ethics Committee, and he previously served on the firm’s Recruiting and Training & Career Enhancement Committees.

Mr. Ellison’s recent representations include the following:

  • Co-lead counsel on behalf of Marcus Lemonis and Camping World in the successful defense of lawsuits arising out of the CNBC television show The Profit
  • Co-lead counsel on behalf of the NHL’s Arizona Coyotes in a week-long arbitration before the NHL Commissioner arising out of an employment dispute with the Coyotes' former General Manager and resulting in a resounding victory
  • Second chair in successful arbitration arising out of high stakes real estate partnership dispute involving US$200 million of commercial real estate properties. After week-long arbitration, clients awarded specific performance and millions of dollars in prevailing party attorneys’ fees
  • Lead counsel for major property developer and largest owner of shopping malls in United States in pending high-stakes litigation with City over failed $500M+ development.  Successfully argued at California Court of Appeal, resulting in published decision holding that the alter ego doctrine may apply to hold one municipal entity liable for the debts of another
  • Kjersti Flaa, et al. v. Hollywood Foreign Press Ass’n, et al., C.D. Cal. (2021): On behalf of clients Hollywood Foreign Press Association and several of its members, obtained complete dismissal with prejudice of sweeping antitrust, fair procedure, and declaratory relief claims brought by two member applicants
  • Major league baseball franchise in sweeping, high-profile grand jury investigation led by US Department of Justice and the United States Attorney’s Office (D.C.) related to the recruitment of international baseball players
  • Major league baseball franchise in dispute with television network partner
  • Madison Square Garden Sports & Entertainment in a high-profile litigation arising out of the City of Inglewood’s agreement to convey property to be used as the site for a new arena competitive with the MSG Forum in Inglewood, California
  • Media company and its executive against claims of sexual harassment and hostile work environment by former employee
  • Auto club and insurance company against trade secret misappropriation claims by a competitor
  • Live Nation and Ticketmaster in a sprawling, high profile anti-trust and trade secret case, which settled on the eve of trial
  • Plaintiff craigslist, Inc. in a web scraping case with roughly 20 causes of action, including copyright, trademark, CFAA, and breach of contract in the Northern District of California. craigslist obtained substantial monetary judgments and stipulated permanent injunctions against defendants. In its annual Top Verdicts of 2015 feature, the Daily Journal selected this settlement as a Top Plaintiffs’ Verdicts by Impact in California
  • In re Estate of Saley, Los Angeles Sup. Ct.; Case No. KP011186: Successfully represented City of Hope National Medical Center and its employee in a four week jury trial resulting in a complete defense victory

Bar Qualification

  • California


  • JD, University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, 2010
  • BA, University of Southern California, 2005
    magna cum laude