Ellie Lockwood focuses her practice in commercial and intellectual property litigation. Prior to joining Snell & Wilmer, she gained significant litigation experience at a boutique trial firm, where she handled a broad range of business disputes. Representative matters include defending a multimillion dollar trade secret dispute filed simultaneously in three jurisdictions, prosecuting a RICO/COCCA action on behalf of a government entity, defending a qui tam suit against a Fortune 500 company and prosecuting a fraud case under the Colorado Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act, including seeking prejudgment attachment orders, temporary restraining orders and a preliminary injunction freezing assets until trial. She also has substantial experience with contempt and post-judgment proceedings.
In 2011, Ellie helped represent a private equity firm in a bench trial, a subsequent appeal and in seeking an award of attorneys’ fees and costs. In 2013 and 2014, she was a member of the trial team representing the rights of certificate holders in connection with a proposed multibillion dollar settlement of mortgage-backed securities claims against multiple banks in New York Supreme Court in Manhattan.
Ellie has experience with drafting complaints, dispositive motions practice, e-discovery, taking and defending depositions, trial work, expert witnesses, motions practice for temporary relief, including injunctions, stays, and protective orders, evidentiary hearings and argument, contempt hearings, cases with parallel criminal proceedings and appellate work. The majority of cases she has worked on involve fraud claims and business torts, including breach of fiduciary duty claims and claims in the mortgage-backed securities context.
She has an active pro bono practice. In 2015, Ellie represented the State Public Defender in an action against the Denver County Court challenging its bond-setting practices. She also has served as Special Counsel for the State Public Defenders Office and in that capacity represented an indigent person in the Denver County Court. In 2012, Ellie represented a client in a civil rights lawsuit against the State of Colorado related to the provision of competency evaluations to pre-trial detainees. She is an active member of the Colorado Lawyers Committee, where she participates in the Mental Health Task Force, Lobato School Finance Litigation Task Force and co-chairs the Legal Night Team of the Young Lawyers Division. Ellie recently received back-to-back recognition from the Colorado Lawyers Committee for her assistance on the Legal Center v. Bicha case (2013) and the Lobato v. State of Colorado case (2012).
Before becoming an attorney, Ellie gained significant practical experience clerking at a boutique trial firm full time for nearly three years while attending law school in the evening. Ellie graduated second in her class from University of Denver Sturm College of Law, where she was senior staff editor for Denver University Law Review and recipient of various scholastic excellence awards and scholarships. While in law school, Ellie pursued an interest in intellectual property litigation with membership in the school’s intellectual property law society. She is a member of the Colorado Bar Association intellectual property section.
Ellie holds an undergraduate degree in biological sciences, magna cum laude and with highest honors, from the University of Denver. While in this program, she conducted research on rainforest foliage to aid in predicting prehistoric climates at the Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) in Queensland, Australia. Ellie also achieved a minor in legal studies.
- University of Denver, Sturm College of Law (J.D., 2010)
- Order of St. Ives
- Senior Staff Editor, DU Law Review
- Scholastic Excellence Awards: Contracts, Patent Litigation, Lawyering Process
- Recipient of merit scholarships
- University of Denver (B.A., Biological Sciences, magna cum laude, 2004)
- Minor: Legal Studies
- University Honors
- Honors in Biology
- Phi Beta Kappa Honors Society
Professional Memberships and Activities
- American Bar Association
- Litigation Section
- Colorado Bar Association
- Intellectual Property Section
- Denver Bar Association
- Colorado Women's Bar Association
- Faculty of Federal Advocates
Representative Presentations and Publications
- "FFA's Trial Advocacy Program: A Win for All," Author, Faculty of Federal Advocates Newsletter Issue 2016/2 (May 2016)
- "Litigating Claims Under the Colorado Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act," Author, Colorado Lawyer (April 2016)
Professional Recognition and Awards
Colorado Super Lawyers®, Rising Stars Edition, General Litigation (2015-2018)
Colorado Lawyers Committee, Team of the Year (2017)
- Snell & Wilmer Community Involvement Award (2017)
- Award of Special Recognition, Colorado Lawyers Committee (2013)
- Team of the Year Award, Colorado Lawyers Committee (2012)
- Colorado Lawyers Committee
- YLD Legal Night Team, Co-Chair (2015-present)
- Mental Health Task Force (2011-present)
Other Professional Experience
- Reilly Pozner LLP
- Trial & Litigation Associate (2011-2016)
- Law Clerk (2009-2011)
- David W. Kirch, P.C., Law Clerk (2007-2008)
- Supreme Court of Colorado
- United States District Court, District of Colorado
- United States Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit