"... lead counsel for the plaintiff in a commercial real estate dispute winning a $16.5 million verdict."
ATTORNEY JARRETT ELLZEY
“The very astute members of the jury saw through the defense and made the right decision after deliberating for less than two hours. I’m proud of our client for standing up for himself when most people would have taken the blow and tried to move on with their lives.” – Jarrett L. Ellzey
Lawyers are supposed to fight for their clients, but it is the rare advocate that truly believes in the cause of their profession — helping people fight for themselves in the face of injustice.
Jarrett L. Ellzey has been a litigator his entire legal career, but learned the art of trial law by actually taking the other side to trial when a settlement proposal is not reflective of injustice suffered by his client. Since the beginning of his career, Jarrett has represented plaintiffs and defendants in matters ranging from simple breach of contract cases involving two small businesses, to nationwide consumer class actions in state and federal courts across the nation, including Texas, California, Florida, New York, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Oklahoma, and Mississippi. Jarrett began practicing law at a prominent defense firm where he represented physicians, hospitals, and nurses in medical malpractice actions. The opportunity to represent distinguished medical professionals was extraordinary. But, Jarrett’s professional interests always swayed toward working for individuals injured by unfair or negligent practices of businesses with greater economic clout and influence than the average consumer or working person. The chance to realize this goal came about in 2010 when Jarrett teamed up with his long-time friend and partner Craft Hughes to form Hughes Ellzey, LLP.
Since Hughes Ellzey, LLP opened in 2010, Jarrett and his partner Craft have tried dozens of cases and, during only a five-year stretch, succeeded in obtaining over $23 million in verdicts. Jarrett served as lead counsel for the plaintiff in a commercial real estate dispute winning one of the largest fraud verdicts in Texas, earning him and the firm honoree distinction in the Texas Verdict Hall of Fame by Texas Lawyer VerdictSearch and recognition for one of the largest civil awards in Texas in 2012.
Jarrett’s success is not limited to results in the courtroom for his individual clients. His practice also focuses on consumer related class actions, and whistleblower (qui tam) actions. Jarrett and the members of his firm have successfully handled a large class action docket, successfully recovering millions of dollars in settlements for consumers injured by deceptive and illegal business practices. Jarrett also has extensive experience investigating and working closely with the government in the prosecution qui tam actions, often involving hundreds of millions of dollars of losses to the government at the hands of a dishonest business. Jarrett will not hesitate to fly across the country in short notice to meet personally with the potential whistleblower because he understands the brave and selfless act of reporting outside the company is likely to have an everlasting effect on that individual’s career and personal life. The importance of a close working relationship under such circumstances is critical to ensure the client’s comfort throughout the process and facilitate trust and communication between the client and his or her lawyer.
Jarrett brings a wealth of world experience to his practice. Born in Dallas, Texas, Jarrett is the son of a Navy officer and airline pilot and lived in numerous cities across the country before settling back in Texas. Jarrett and his wife Jennifer married while living in California, and now raise their three daughters a few miles from where Jarrett played little league and attended High School.
Areas of Practice
- Personal Injury
- Consumer Law
- Class Actions
- Business Litigation
- Whistle Blower – Qui Tam
- Employment – Wrongful Termination & Retaliation
Professional Associations and Honors
- Texas Verdicts Hall of Fame, Honoree
- Texas Lawyer Magazine – Litigator of the Week, September 16, 2015
- Texas Bar Foundation – Fellow. Only 1/3 of 1% of all members of the State Bar of Texas are selected as Fellows
- Texas Super Lawyer, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
- Texas Super Lawyer, Rising Star, 2013
- Texas Trial Lawyers Association
- Houston Trial Lawyers Association
- Houston Bar Association
- Texas, 2003
- United States District Court Southern District of Texas
- United States District Court Eastern District of Texas
- United States District Court Western District of Texas
- United States District Court North District of Texas
- United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
- United States Supreme Court
- South Texas College of Law, Houston, Texas
- Juris Doctorate – 2003
- Texas Tech University, Lubbock , Texas
- Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance – 2000