Felicia Ellsworth has built a distinguished portfolio of work in the Litigation/Controversy Practice Group as a member of both the Appellate & Supreme Court Litigation Group and Business Trial Group. Her trial practice focuses on complex commercial litigation in both state and federal courts and her appellate practice spans both civil and criminal matters in the state and federal appeals courts, including the Supreme Court of the United States.
Ms. Ellsworth has counseled numerous clients in commercial disputes on issues including patent infringement, trade secret misappropriation, contract law, civil procedure, real property disputes, tort law, administrative law and procedure and constitutional law. She has also counseled and represented clients in both civil and criminal appeals involving patent infringement, contract law, constitutional law and criminal law and procedure. Ms. Ellsworth has argued appeals in the First, Second, and Sixth Circuits and the Massachusetts Appeals Court.
Throughout her time at the firm, Ms. Ellsworth has become deeply involved in numerous pro bono matters. Recently and significantly, she played a lead role in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts' challenge to the constitutionality of DOMA, leading to the historic Supreme Court ruling favoring marriage equality.
Ms. Ellsworth remains involved in the fight for marriage equality nationwide, and is helping lead the firm's representation of Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders in various federal courts of appeals considering marriage equality issues in the Fourth, Sixth, Seventh and Tenth Circuits.
In addition to her marriage equality pro bono representations, Ms. Ellsworth has a robust pro bono practice that includes representing individuals seeking asylum based on religious and gender persecutions and individuals appealing their criminal convictions and sentences. She is a member of the First Circuit Court of Appeals Criminal Justice Act panel, through which she provides pro bono representation to indigent defendants on appeal.