Minnesota Appellate Law

Attorney V. John Ella

Minnesota appellate law attorney V. John Ella is a shareholder at the Minneapolis law firm Trepanier MacGillis Battina P.A. He has handled dozens of appeals over the course of eighteen years including cases before the Minnesota Court of Appeals, the Minnesota Supreme Court, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Florida Court of Appeals.  V. John Ella has been named as a Minnesota “Super Lawyer” in the area of appellate law.  He is certified by the Minnesota State Bar Association as an Employment Law Specialist. He is a member of the Appellate Law Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association and the Association of the Bar of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. He was also named as the exclusive featured attorney for Minneapolis by Premier Appellate Lawyers. Mr. Ella clerked for judges in both state court and federal court. He has published over 100 articles on legal topics, several book chapters, and a book on Executive Employment Law. Mr. Ella also taught legal writing at the University of Minnesota Law School.

Mr. Ella has represented clients with appeals involving claims of breach of contract, business licensing, civil service rules, constitutional law, claims under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, the corporate practice of medicine doctrine, defamation, denial of benefits under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), employment law, the employee duty of loyalty, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), immigration, marital status discrimination, non-competes, professional negligence and malpractice, retaliation, sexual harassment, unemployment benefits, trusts, and whistleblowing, among other issues.  Mr. Ella’s experience includes bringing and defending appeals and cross-appeals, filing petitions for writs of certiorari, petitions for interlocutory review, appellate motion practice, appeals of injunctive relief, oral argument, and settlement of cases on appeal. Mr. Ella offers competitive flat fee rates for most appeals. He can be contacted by telephone at 612.455.0500 or by e-mail at jella@trepanierlaw.com

Representative Cases

  • In re: US Bancorp Litigation, 276 F.3d 1008 (8th Cir. 2002)
  • In re Appeal of the Selection of Process for the Position of Electrician, 674 N.W.2d 242 (Minn. Ct. App. 2004)
  • Raskin v. North Prairie Tileworks, Inc., No A04-1252, 2005 WL 949049 (Minn. Ct. App. 2005)
  • Monson v. Northern Habilitative Services, Inc. No. A05-1102, 2006 WL 77919 (Minn. Ct. App. 2006)
  • Chesney v. Hypertension Diagnostics, Inc. No. A05-2210, 2006 WL 2256590 (Minn. Ct. App. 2006)
  • Freeman v. Ace Telephone Ass’n, 467 F.3d 695 (8th Cir. 2006)
  • Waller v. Harvey, 214 Fed. Appx. 983 (Fed. Cir. 2007)
  • Taylor v. LSI Corp. of America, 781 N.W.2d. 912 (Minn. Ct. App. 2009)
  • Willcox v. Liberty Life Assur. Co. of Boston, 552 F.3d 693 (8th Cir. 2009)
  • Savoren v. LSI Corp. of America, Inc., No. A08-0675, 2009 WL 1657990 (Minn. Ct. App. 2009)
  • Willcox v. Liberty Life Assur. Co. of Boston, 368 Fed. Appx. 700 (8th Cir. 2010)
  • Coursolle v. EMC Ins. Group, Inc. 794 N.W.2d 652 (Minn. Ct. App. 2011)
  • Taylor v. LSI Corp. of America, 796 N.W.2d 153 (Minn. 2011)
  • Quinn v. St. Louis County, 653 F.3d 745 (8Th Cir. 2011)
  • Sherman v. Rinchem Co., Inc. 687 F.3d 996 (8th Cir. 2012)
  • Magee v. Trustees of Hamline University, Minn. 747 F.3d 532 (8th Cir.  2014)
  • Magee v. Hamline University, 775 F.3d 1057 (8th Cir. 2015)
  • Mascari v. Lifetime Fitness, Inc. 193 So. 3d 1109 (Fla. 4th DCA 2016)
  • Hearing Associates, Inc. v. Downs, No. A16-1317, 207 WL 2414852 (Minn. Ct. App. 2017), review granted Aug. 22, 2017
  • Engelhardt v. Qwest Corp., 918 F.3d 974 (8th Cir. 2019)
  • Allstate Indemnity Company, et al v. Twin Cities Diagnostic Center, LLC, No. A20-0097, 2020 WL 4280035 (Minn. Ct. App. 2020)
  • Azarax, Inc. v. William Syverson and Stinson Leonard Street LLP, 990 F.3d 648 (8th Cir. 2021)
  • In the Matter of Cigarette/Tobacco and Gas Station Licenses Held by Midway University & Hamline, LLC v City of Saint Paul, No. A20-0581, 2021 WL 562416 (Minn. Ct. App. 2021)
  • In re The Robert Preus and Donna Mae Preus Lake Property Trust, No. A21-0030 (pending) 
  • Pilot Air Freight, LLC v. Trenberth, No. A21-0058 (pending)


Email : jella@trepanierlaw.com

Phone : 612-455-050

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