Ellison Keller

Attorney Profiles

Tracey N. Ellison

Tracey N. Ellison has extensive trial and arbitration experience.  Prior to founding Ellison Keller, Ms. Ellison was Senior Counsel for SBC Communications (now AT&T) where she was responsible for all areas of commercial/civil litigation.  Ms. Ellison successfully represented the company as first chair attorney in numerous jury trials as well as labor and commercial arbitrations involving contract, Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act, negligence, personal injury, warranty, regulatory, employment and labor law claims.  Ms. Ellison has also practiced in the Commercial Litigation sections of Kutak Rock in Denver, Colorado and Gibson, Ochsner & Adkins in Amarillo, Texas where her practice focused primarily on complex commercial litigation.

Ms. Ellison is uniquely qualified to assist corporate counsel in handling their litigation demands.  Having been a corporate counsel herself, Ms. Ellison understands the primary objective of resolving cases efficiently and expeditiously through negotiation, mediation, arbitration or trial.

Ms. Ellison grew up in Oklahoma and obtained her B.B.A. in Accounting and Juris Doctor, with Distinction, from the University of Oklahoma, where she was a member of the National Moot Court Team, National Trial Team and Order of Barristers.  She authored Liens:  Federal Tax Liens and Oklahoma Homestead, and served as a Note Editor for the Oklahoma Law Review.

Bar Admissions:

  • State Courts of Texas
  • State Courts of Colorado
  • The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • The United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • The United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • The United States District Court, Colorado
  • The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • The United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.

Representative Trials and Arbitration Hearings:

  • Obtained $11,800,000 award in commercial arbitration involving insurance coverage and valuation issues for a loss sustained by a hydrometallurgical processing and recovery plant.
  • Obtained a Directed Verdict on all counts in an international toll fraud case in which the Plaintiff asserted claims of negligence, gross negligence, breach of implied warranty, breach of express warranty, breach of contract, violations of the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices – Consumer Protection Act and Slander per se.
  • Obtained a Directed Verdict on all counts in a personal injury case in State Court in Beaumont.  Plaintiff alleged he sustained serious injuries due to improper equipment installation and sought to recover actual as well as punitive damages under theories of negligence and gross negligence.
  • Obtained no liability Jury Verdict on all counts in a lease dispute involving claims of breach of warranty, negligent misrepresentation, U.C.C. violations, breach of contract and fraud.
  • Obtained no liability Jury Verdict on all counts in a construction dispute and received an award of damages and attorney fees on counter-claim of breach of contract.
  • Obtained a reverse and render appellate decision in a property damage case based on legal ownership of cause of action.
  • Obtained numerous labor arbitration awards upholding management decisions in disciplinary cases including dismissals and disciplinary suspensions, as well as contract interpretation disputes including seniority scheduling, validity of physical ability testing, validity of driving review policy and Internet/Email policies.
  • Handled numerous Texas Work Force Commission hearings on behalf of major corporate employers and responded to National Labor Relations Board complaints.

Representative Matters Resolved Prior to Trial or Arbitration:

  • Negotiated resolution of multi-million dollar house explosion involving multiple parties (Plaintiffs and Defendants) and obtained full releases from all Plaintiffs with no monetary contribution from client.
  • Negotiated resolution of numerous personal injury cases for significantly less than actual medical expenses with no payment for other claimed damages such as pain and suffering, physical impairment, lost wages or decreased earning capacity.
  • Collected full damages, loss of use and interest on numerous plant damage cases.
  • Represented clients in preparing responses to charges of discrimination filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Texas Commission on Human Rights.
  • Represented clients and management employees during on-site investigations by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
  • Resolved numerous Title VII cases including claims of sexual harassment, violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act, age and race discrimination.
  • Negotiated agreements governing corporate contribution to private financing of public sports facilities.