Alfred W. "Al" Ellis

Alfred W. "Al" Ellis

Sommerman, McCaffity, Quesada & Geisler, LLP

Recognized since 2003

Dallas, Texas

Practice Areas

Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs

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With a legal career that’s spanned nearly 50 years, Al Ellis is known for his leadership, integrity and service to the community. As Of Counsel at Sommerman, McCaffity, Quesada & Geisler, L.L.P., his practice focuses on personal injury, product liability, medical malpractice litigation and mediation. Board Certified in Personal Injury and Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Mr. Ellis is a vigorous advocate for those he represents. Over his career, he’s tried more than 175 jury trials to verdict.

Mr. Ellis serves as Community Outreach Facilitator of the UNT Dallas College of Law. He is an active member in several prestigious legal organizations, including the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, the American Board of Trial Advocates, the Dallas Bar Association, the State Bar of Texas and the Texas Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Ellis also strives to give back to the community, having participated in organizations such as Dallas Council on Alcoholism, Dallas All Sports Association, Law Focused Education, Inc., Legal Services of North Texas, Dallas Legal Hospice, Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity, Carter Work Project Habitat for Humanity International and the Salesmanship Club of Dallas.

In 2019, Mr. Ellis received the honor of being named a DTLA Legal Legend, the first year DTLA has given this award. The 2019 Legends have been in practice for more than 40 years and have dedicated their careers to achieving justice for those who have been harmed.

After graduating from the University of Texas at Arlington, Mr. Ellis served as a U.S. Army Airborne Infantry officer in Vietnam. When he returned home, he attended Southern Methodist University, where he received his Juris Doctor. While there, Mr. Ellis 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. Mr. Ellis is licensed to practice in Texas, as well as the United States District courts for the Eastern, Northern, Southern and Western districts of Texas. He is also licensed to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.

Education BA – University of Texas at Arlington

JD – Southern Methodist University


  • 3811 Turtle Creek Boulevard, Suite 1400
    Dallas, TX 75219-4492


  • Southern Methodist University, J.D., graduated 1971
  • The University of Texas at Arlington

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, State Bar of Texas


  • Dallas Trial Lawyers Association - Past President
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers - Member
  • Legal Services of North Texas - Past Board Member
  • Salesmanship Club of Dallas - Member
  • State Bar of Texas - Past Board Member
  • Texas Commission for Lawyer Discipline - Member
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association - Past Board Member

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023 for work in:

  • Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs

Special Focus

  • Automobile Collision
  • Ethics and Professional Responsibility
  • Liability Litigation
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Wrongful Death


  • DTLA Legal Legend, 2019
  • Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who's Who
  • Lawyers of Distinction (Top 10%)
  • Dallas Habitat for Humanity Mary Brock Award (2013)
  • Justinian Award, 2010 by the Dallas Lawyers Auxiliary
  • Texas Super Lawyers by Thomson Reuters, 2003-2021
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2003-2021

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