V. John Ella

Minnesota Board of Medical Practice

About V. John Ella

I am a Minnesota employment law attorney (V. John Ella) practicing in the areas of employment defense, executive law, non-compete and trade secret litigation, breach of duty of loyalty litigation, tortious interference, executive compensation, stock options, defamation, employment contracts, employment agreements, handbooks, drug testing law, privacy law, commission claims, fraud, sexual harassment claims, employment and housing discrimination, ERISA benefits litigation, public accommodations under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act and state law, wage and hour compliance, whistleblower and Sarbanes-Oxley claims, professional licensing issues, appeals, manufacturer sales representative contracts, and closely-held corporation and partnership disputes. I am also available to serve as a private mediator and neutral investigator. I have obtained successful verdicts in jury trials and court trials in federal and state district courts in Minnesota and Iowa, and have appeared before the Minnesota Court of Appeals, the Minnesota Supreme Court, the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals and the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals. I have litigated non-compete disputes in Iowa, Florida, Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin. I have authored well over one hundred articles or book chapters for various legal publications. I frequently lecture on the topics of workplace privacy and employee monitoring, executive law, common law fraud, tortious interference and other topics.


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Work experience

Minnesota Board of Medical Practice
Board Member | 2010 - 2018


University of Minnesota Law School
J.D. (1994) | 1991 - 1994
Honors: cum laude
Tufts University
B.A. (1990), International Relations | 1986 - 1990
Honors: Dean's List


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