Tufts University, B.A. (1990)
University of Minnesota Law School, J.D. (1994)
Awards & Honors
Minnesota Top 100 Super Lawyer (2014)
Minnesota Law and Politics “Top 40” Employment Law Attorney (2006-2008)
Super Lawyer (2002-2016)
V. John Ella practices in all aspects of employment law, business law, and commercial litigation, with an emphasis on employment defense and insurance defense. He also advises businesses, employers, individual executives, and professionals in the areas of employment contracts, handbooks, non-compete and trade secret litigation, drug testing law, privacy law, commission claims, defamation, fraud, sexual harassment claims, employment and housing discrimination, ERISA benefits litigation, public accommodations under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act and state law, wage and hour compliance, whistleblower and Sarbanes-Oxley claims, professional licensing issues, appeals, manufacturer sales representative contracts, and closely-held corporation and partnership disputes. Mr. Ella is also available to serve as a private mediator and neutral investigator.
Mr. Ella has obtained successful verdicts in jury trials and court trials in federal and state district courts in Minnesota and Iowa, and has appeared before the Minnesota Court of Appeals, the Minnesota Supreme Court, the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals and the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals. He has litigated non-compete disputes in Iowa, Florida, Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin.
Mr. Ella is the author of over one hundred articles or book chapters for various legal publications. He frequently lectures on the topic of workplace privacy and employee monitoring. He also speaks on common law fraud and was co-author of the Summary Guide to Fraud, Misrepresentation and Deceptive Trade Practices.
Mr. Ella is a recognized commentator on the topic of “Executive Law” and has been quoted in dozens of newspaper and magazine articles regarding stock options, executive compensation, non-competes, restrictive covenants and executive severance agreements and has lectured at several CLEs on the topic of Executive Law.
Mr. Ella is also known for having defended dozens of employers regarding claims under the Minnesota Drug and Alcohol Testing in the Workplace Act. He has also written for local and national publications on the topic of municipal and local employment law ordinances.
Mr. Ella is certified by the Minnesota State Bar Association as a Labor and Employment Law Specialist. He is also certified as an Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US) by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). He was appointed to the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice in 2010 and again in 2014 and also serves on the Minnesota State Board of Legal Certification.
Mr. Ella was a Law Clerk for Judge Carol B. Amon, Eastern District of New York from 1996-1997 and for Judge William E. Kalar, Ninth Judicial District of Minnesota from 1994-1995. After ten years as an attorney at a local general practice firm he spent almost ten years at the nation’s second-largest labor and employment defense firm as a partner where he represented many Fortune 500 and large global corporations in all aspects of employment law. He joined Trepanier MacGillis Battina in 2016.
Federal Bar Association
Minnesota State Bar Association
Iowa State Bar Association
Hennepin County Bar Association