Ellisen Turner Named Managing Partner of Irell & Manella

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September 2017

Ellisen Turner photoIrell & Manella LLP has elected Ellisen Turner as its next managing partner. He will succeed Andrei Iancu who has served in the role since 2012 and is completing his second three-year term, the maximum allowed tenure. Turner has long been involved in firm management, including serving on the Executive Committee and as chair of the Hiring Committee. He will continue to practice in the firm’s litigation and intellectual property practice groups.

“Ellisen has garnered a reputation as one of the country’s leading IP litigators while at the same time establishing himself as a leader both within the firm and the community at large. Through his years of leadership and service, he has earned the trust and confidence of the partners, associates and staff,” said outgoing Managing Partner Andrei Iancu. "Ellisen is tremendously dedicated to the firm, and the future is bright under his leadership."

Turner's practice focuses on intellectual property and patent litigation and also includes inter partes review and other contested patent office proceedings, trade secret disputes, IP licensing and transactions, and IP due diligence during mergers and acquisitions. Representing both plaintiffs and defendants across a wide range of industries, he has delivered $5 billion in total compensation to clients, while successfully defending others exposed to billions in liability claims. Turner has represented clients in numerous federal courts, at the Patent Office, as well as in the International Trade Commission and the ICC International Court of Arbitration.

Turner's successes have garnered him numerous accolades, including being named one of the 40 "Most Influential Minority Attorneys" in Los Angeles by the Los Angeles Business Journal. He was also recognized as a "Trailblazer Under 40" by the National Bar Association and the "Patent Litigation Lawyer of the Year" by the Century City Bar Association. The Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal has recognized Turner as one of the top 20 attorneys in California under the age of 40, and Law360 named him a “Rising Star” and one of the five intellectual property attorneys under 40 in the country to watch.

"Ellisen is part of our deep team of multiple generations of superstar litigators and significant business generators," said Irell partner Morgan Chu. "In addition to his impressive practice, he is also an exceptional and natural leader who has been actively involved with shaping the future and culture of the firm for many years. Ellisen is uniquely suited to be our next managing partner."

Turner participates in many legal and community organizations. He has repeatedly been appointed to the Judicial Elections Evaluations Committee for the Los Angeles County Bar Association and is the immediate past chair and a current board member of the IP Section of the National Bar Association, which is the nation's oldest and largest national association of predominantly African American lawyers and judges. In 2016, Turner created the organization’s Diversity In Tech Awards, which honor in-house legal departments and individual lawyers that have demonstrated and sustained a commitment towards advancing efforts to hire, retain and promote diverse and women attorneys in the technology industry.

"I'm honored to have the trust of the partnership and to serve my friends and colleagues in this new role," said Turner. "Andrei and generations of leaders before me have positioned Irell & Manella as one of the country's most respected law firms. I look forward to continuing Irell's tradition of delivering incredible results to our clients while being a wonderful place to practice law."

Before joining Irell, Turner clerked for the Honorable Robert E. Payne of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.

Prior to law school, Turner worked in private industry as a software engineer for AlliedSignal Aerospace (now Honeywell International Inc.), Hewlett-Packard, and in IBM's Santa Teresa Laboratory. He also worked as a manufacturing execution system and database design consultant.

Turner graduated, cum laude, from the University of Michigan School of Law, where he was a Clarence Darrow Scholar and a contributing editor on the University of Michigan Law Review. He earned his B.S., magna cum laude, in Computer Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Southern California.