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Robert Hugh Ellis Member

Areas of Practice


Bar Admissions

  • Michigan
  • Wisconsin

Court Admissions

  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • United States District Court, Western District of Michigan
  • United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit


University of Wisconsin Law School, J.D., cum laude, Moot Court Board, Law Review

University of Southern California, B.A., magna cum laude

Bob Ellis is a Member in Dykema’s litigation group. Mr. Ellis’s practice focuses on business and commercial litigation in the areas of privately-held business disputes, insurance litigation, complex contract and management disputes, commercial real estate, business torts, trade secret claims, recall and warranty cost-recovery matters, automotive supplier disputes, as well as matters concerning bankruptcy litigation, insurance company insolvencies, and product liability defense. 

Mr. Ellis represents some of the nation’s largest companies, including financial institutions, insurance companies, and automotive manufacturers. 

Mr. Ellis also has experience managing large, complex issues as in-house counsel, having spent most of a year seconded as in-house counsel to a national consumer financial services entity, during which time he coordinated the defense of a nationwide litigation docket and supervised outside counsel in multiple jurisdictions.


Mr. Ellis has achieved successful outcomes in state and federal courts at both the trial and appellate levels, as well as in arbitration and various forms of alternative dispute resolution, and has experience including the following:

  • Commercial litigation and arbitration, including claims involving breaches of commercial contracts and shareholder disputes;
  • Fraud, tortious interference, conversion, breach of fiduciary duty, and other business torts;
  • Insurance liability and priority disputes;
  • Real estate matters, including loan workouts and litigation, condemnation disputes, residential and commercial mortgage and construction litigation, title/lien priority disputes, contested judicial foreclosures, and other lending disputes;
  • Consumer finance litigation, including suits arising under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, Truth in Lending Act, Regulation X, Mortgage Brokers, Lenders, and Servicers Licensing Act, Fair Credit Reporting Act, Michigan Consumer Protection Act, as well as other related consumer finance claims;
  • Investment advisor claims concerning breaches of fiduciary duty, other torts, and statutory obligations; and
  • Product liability and negligence defense.

Universal Settlements Int’l, Inc. v. National Viatical, Inc., 568 Fed. App’x. 398 (6th Cir. 2014) (appellate ruling enforcing $5 million pocket consent judgment over challenges to its validity). 

Nahabedian v. OneWest Bank, FSB, No. 13–1584, (6th Cir. 2014) (appellate ruling holding that the probate exception to federal subject matter jurisdiction does not divest federal courts of jurisdiction when the subject property is removed from the estate by operation of law). 

Lessl v. CitiMortgage, Inc., 515 Fed. App’x. 467 (6th Cir. 2013) (appellate ruling holding that alleged absence of statutory compliance with foreclosure notice provisions is insufficient to warrant reversal of a sheriff’s sale if the borrower had actual notice of the sale). 

Lucido v. U.S. Bank, N.A., No. 15-13697 (E.D. Mich. 2016) (dismissal of dispute challenging title to million-dollar property).

Caggins v. Bank of NY Mellon, No. 15-11124 (E.D. Mich. 2015) (dismissal of foreclosure challenge on basis that a purported violation of Regulation X does not allow for the reversal of a foreclosure sale).

Recognized in Michigan Super Lawyers® as a Rising Star for Business Litigation, Insurance Coverage and Closely Held Business, 2015-Present