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Ellen A. Presby

Ellen likes fighting for the underdog. Big Pharma has all the money in the world on their side. Ellen likes to make sure the little guy has a fair shot.

People tend to trust the FDA to supervise the pharmaceutical industry, and that’s not what the FDA does at all. Pharmaceutical companies will do whatever they can to get their drugs on the market, even when they have safety concerns. Trial lawyers are the best watchdogs of this industry on behalf of the consumer. Lawsuits and verdicts are the best measure to keep safety on the forefront. Ellen loves being part of the community that presses Big Pharma to do better. She really believes her clients and other consumers deserve more from the pharmaceutical industry, and Ellen is fighting to make that happen.

Bar Admissions:

  • State Bar of Texas, 1984
  • State Bar of Arizona, 2011
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas, 1984
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas, 1993
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois – General Bar, 2011
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1984

Pro Hac Vice Admissions:

  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Arkansas
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Arkansas
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Missouri


  • Southern Methodist University School of Law, Dallas, Texas, 1984 - J.D.
  • University of California, Davis, Davis, California, 1981 - B.A.

Professional Memberships:

  • American Bar Association
  • American Association of Justice
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • American Society of Trial Consultants
  • Texas Board of Trial Advocates
  • Public Justice Foundation
  • American Inns of Court
  • Southwestern Legal Foundation
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • Dallas Trial Lawyers Association
  • Academy of Trial Advocacy
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum

Published / Significant Legal Decisions:

  • TexasPre-Trial Practice, (Co-Author), James Pub., 2000
  • Hines v. Wyeth, No. BC 304491 (Sup. Ct. Cal, Los Angeles County, Southeast Dist. (Norwalk, CA))
  • Grace Energy v. Kaneb Pipe Line, No. 97-05135-J (191st Jud. Dist Ct., Dallas County, Texas)
  • Martin v. Waco Hilton (Jud. Dist. Ct., McLennan County, Texas)
  • Status Diamonds v. Lloyds of London (Jud. Dist. Ct., Dallas County, Texas)
  • Chacon v. Everett, No. 3-94-CV-2389-G (U.S. Dist. Court Texas (Northern Dist.))
  • Interstate Adjusters v. Luce, No. 3-93-05691-C (68th Jud. Dist. Ct., Dallas County, Texas)
  • Professional Manifest v. RCA, No. CA3-82-1697-R (U.S. Dist. Ct. TX (Northern Dist.))
  • Perrin v. Curtis, No. 86-6018-A (14th Jud. Dist. Ct, Dallas County, Texas)
  • Gregory v. Gravity, No. 83-726690B (44th Jud. Dist. Ct, Dallas County, Texas)

Professional Presentations:

  • “Trial Advocacy,” adjunct professor, SMU School of Law, 2010, 2001, 1990-1994, 2010
  • “Jury Selection,” Dallas Bar Association 2010
  • “Legal Process Outsourcing,” women in E-Discovery, 2010
  • “Issues of Funding Bankruptcy Concerns,” Lexis-Nexis Wall Street Forum: Mass Torts Litigation, 2003
  • “Fen-Phen Federal MDLs/State Courts”, American Association for Justice, 2004
  • “Sanctions for Discovery Abuse,” Advanced Civil Discovery Under the New Rules, University of Houston Law Foundation, 2000 – 2002
  • “Summary Jury Trials”, Texas State Bar Advanced Personal Injury Course, 1999