John N. Ellison

John N. Ellison



  • Pennsylvania State University, The Dickinson School of Law, 1987, J.D., honor society
  • The Ohio State University, 1983, B.A., with honors

Professional Admissions / Qualifications

  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
  • District of Columbia
  • Texas

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court - Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court - Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court - Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court - Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court - District of Nebraska
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Ninth Circuit

John's practice concentrates in the insurance coverage area exclusively on behalf of policyholders. John's clients range from Fortune 50 companies to small closely-held companies. He has been recognized by Chambers USA 2007-2015: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business as an "analytical and upbeat litigator with a great presence in the courtroom” and "first-class trial attorney."

John has a wide variety of experience in the insurance coverage field. John is also co-lead counsel for many of the world's large financial institutions regarding mortgage crisis-related insurance issues. He has also handled claims under directors and officers policies, fidelity bonds, first-party property policies and other liability insurance products, as well as prosecuting successfully bad faith claims against many of the large insurance organizations. John has successfully obtained recoveries for environmental liabilities, asbestos related claims and other toxic torts. In addition, he also regularly counsels his clients on insurance-related issues, spanning from structuring insurance programs to reviewing policy wording and related documentation. Over the past few years, John's clients have recovered in excess of $4.5 billion in insurance coverage for matters that were being contested by their insurance companies.

John's international practice involves appearing in courts and tribunals throughout the United States and in Europe. As an example, John has been lead US counsel in over twenty Bermuda form arbitrations in London. He has further been lead counsel in some of the largest insurance disputes over the last decade. He also serves as a party-nominated arbitrator in many insurance arbitrations. He currently sits on the National Advisory Board for Mealey's Conferences and the Insurance Law Teleconference Advisory Board for Strafford.

In addition to his active practice on behalf of policyholders, John regularly lectures around the world on insurance coverage topics and has published numerous articles in national journals and periodicals. John has been rated "AV" by Martindale Hubbell.

Employment History

  • 2008 - Reed Smith
  • 1992 - Anderson Kill & Olick
  • 1987 - Dilworth Paxson

Honors & Awards

  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2007-2014)
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers (2006-2016)
  • The Best Lawyers in America in the area of Insurance Law (2010-2016)
  • Listed, The International Who's Who of Insurance and Reinsurance Lawyers (2012-2014)

Professional Affiliations

  • The District of Columbia Bar
  • Philadelphia, New York State and American Bar Associations