V. John Ella practices in all aspects of commercial litigation, employment law, and business law, with an emphasis on unfair competition and defending employment claims. He also advises businesses, employers, corporations, boards of directors, non-profits, high-level executives, physicians and other professionals in the areas of employment contracts, executive compensation, severance negotiations, non-competes, trade secrets, breach of duty-of-loyalty-claims, tortious interference, drug testing law, privacy law, constitutional law, commission claims, defamation, fraud, sexual harassment claims, employee handbooks and policies, employment and housing discrimination, ERISA litigation (including benefits claims, 510 retaliation claims, 401(k) issues, severance disputes, failure to contribute claims, breach of fiduciary duty and actions by the U.S. DOL), public accommodations under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act and state law (both private actions and U.S. DOJ investigations), wage and hour compliance including defense of collective actions and DOL litigation under the FLSA, responding to OSHA citations, whistleblower and Sarbanes-Oxley claims, Board of Medical Practice and professional licensing issues, manufacturer sales representative contracts, appeals, trust litigation, and closely-held corporation and partnership disputes. Mr. Ella is also available to serve as a private mediator and has performed several workplace investigations as a neutral investigator. He is a Qualified Neutral under Rule 114 of the Minnesota General Rules of Practice and serves as an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association. He has also served as an expert witness on the topic of employment law.
Mr. Ella is the author of Executive Employment Law – A Handbook for Minnesota Executives published in 2018 by Mill City Press as well as 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 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 including the Wall Street Journal on the topic of municipal and local employment law ordinances.
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.