Al Ellis

Al Ellis is known in legal circles for his leadership and integrity in the practice of law, as well as his service to the community. At Sommerman and Quesada, LLP, he focuses his practice on personal injury, products liability and medical malpractice litigation and mediation.

Al vigorously advocates for his clients, having tried more than 175 jury trials.  He is Board Certified in Personal Injury and Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and has been admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and all federal and state courts in Texas.

Al serves as Community Outreach Facilitator of the UNT Dallas School of Law.  He is also an active member in numerous prestigious legal societies, including the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, the American Board of Trial Advocates, Dallas Council on Alcoholism, the Dallas and Texas Bar Associations, and the Texas Trial Lawyers Association.  Al also enjoys using his legal skills to give back to the community, having participated in organizations such as Law Focused Education, Inc., Legal Services of North Texas, Dallas Legal Hospice, and currently in Dallas Habitat for Humanity and the the Salesmanship Club of Dallas.

Following graduation from the University of Texas at Arlington and a tour of duty in Vietnam as a U.S. Army Airborne infantry officer, Al obtained his Juris Doctor from Southern Methodist University. While attending SMU, Al was student chief counsel for the SMU Legal Clinic and a member of the board of editors for the Journal of Air Law and Commerce.



  • State Bar of Texas, 1972
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas, 1972
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas, 1972
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas, 1972
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas, 1972
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1972
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1972


  • Southern Methodist University School of Law, J.D., 1971
  • University of Texas at Arlington



  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Past Board Member
  • State Bar of Texas, Past Board Member
  • College of State Bar of Texas
  • Law Focused Education, Inc., Past President and Board Member
  • Legal Services of North Texas, Past Board Member
  • Dallas Legal Hospice, Past Board Member
  • Dallas Habitat for Humanity, Past Board Member
  • Texas Center for Legal Ethics and Professionalism, Past Chair
  • William “Mac” Taylor Inn of Court
  • Dallas Bar Association, Past President
  • Dallas Trial Lawyers Association, Past President
  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, Past President
  • American Board of Trial Advocates Dallas Chapter, Past President
  • Salesmanship Club of Dallas
  • Dallas Council on Alcoholism, Past President
  • Dallas All Sports Association, Past President
  • International Association of Trial Lawyers


  • Frequent speaker on ethics and professionalism