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Josephine M. Ellis

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Bar Admissions

  • California
  • Louisiana


  • Hon. James L. Dennis, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (2012-2014)
  • Hon. Edward M. Chen, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California (externship)


  • J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif
  • B.A., University of California, Berkeley, Highest Honors, Phi Beta Kappa

Josephine Ellis joined Kaufhold Gaskin LLP in 2015.  Her practice focuses on complex commercial litigation in the state and federal trial and appellate courts.

Prior to joining Kaufhold Gaskin, Josephine was an associate at a litigation boutique headquartered in New Orleans, Louisiana, where she was a part of the firm’s nationally recognized class action and multidistrict litigation practice, and served on the litigation teams successfully representing State Attorneys General in complex matters, including the Deepwater Horizon litigation, of unprecedented scale.

Josephine served as law clerk to the Honorable James L. Dennis on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit from 2012 to 2014.  Before clerking, she worked as an attorney at Horvitz & Levy LLP, the nation’s oldest and largest appellate litigation boutique.  Josephine also maintains an active pro bono practice, currently focused on free speech issues.

Josephine received a B.A. in Linguistics from the University of California at Berkeley (Highest Honors and Phi Beta Kappa) and a J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law (magna cum laude and Order of the Coif).  She was a Senior Articles Editor of the Hastings Law Journal, was a member of the Moot Court Board, and served as an intern for Judge Edward Chen on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Josephine is licensed to practice in both California and Louisiana.