Ella A. Shenhav is a partner in the Tampa office of Shutts & Bowen LLP, where she is a member of the Business Litigation Practice Group and the firm's Pro Bono Committee.

Ella focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation in state and federal courts as well as arbitration, including contract disputes, non-compete agreements, employment and real estate litigation, and False Claims Act (qui tam) actions. Ella’s legal abilities regularly earn her recognition from her peers, the judiciary and the community. She has been recognized by Florida Trend’s Legal Elite, by the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee for “Outstanding Pro Bono Service by a Young Lawyer” and has been featured as a Florida Super Lawyers Rising Star for three consecutive years. Ella is the Executive Director of Project H.E.L.P., a pro bono project which provides legal assistance to the homeless and indigent population.

Credentials

Education

  • Harvard Law School, J.D., cum laude, 2009
  • University of South Florida, B.A., summa cum laude, 2005

Bar Admissions

  • Florida
  • Massachusetts

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

Languages

  • Hebrew

Professional and Civic

  • Board Member, Bay Area Legal Services
  • Executive Director, Project H.E.L.P. Tampa (pro bono clinic for the homeless)
  • Board Member and volunteer attorney, Are You Safe
  • Board Member and Mentoring Coordinator, Wm. Reece Smith, Jr. Litigation American Inn of Court
  • Co-Chair, Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee’s Firm Subcommittee
  • Member, Hillsborough County Bar Association
  • Member, Annual Convention Committee of the Florida Bar (2017-19)
  • Co-Chair, Hillsborough County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Pro Bono Committee (2014-2016)

News & Insights

Presentations

  • Speaker, Tampa Bay Organization of Women in International Trade (TBOWIT), "Helms-Burton Unleashed: Uncertainty Ahead for Investors in Cuba" (September 26, 2019)
  • Speaker, 5th Annual Reception, Tampa Bay Pro Bono Partners (March 28, 2019)
  • Speaker, Social Justice Advocacy Forum, Stetson University College of Law (March 22, 2019)
  • Speaker, Leadership Development Committee Luncheon, Stetson University College of Law (April 18, 2018)

Publications

  • The Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, Author, “SCOTUS Concludes That a Defendant’s Belief Regarding Patent Validity is Not a Defense to an Induced Infringement Claim,” June 2, 2015
  • The Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, Author, “The Fourth Circuit Concludes that SCOTUS’s Nasser Opinion Did Not Change Other Burdens of Proof for Retaliation Plaintiffs,” May 27, 2015
  • American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, Co-author, "Is Possession a Requirement for Turnover?" April 2013, cited by bankruptcy treatise Collier Trustees & Debtors in Possession P. 10.02
  • The Bankruptcy Strategist, Co-author, "Sunbeam Eclipsed: Does a Sale Free and Clear Negate the Rights of Non-Debtor License," February 1, 2013
  • Real Estate Title Practice in Massachusetts - MCLE Treatise, Co-author, "Bankruptcy," 2013
  • Bankruptcy and Financial Restructuring Law 2013 - Top Lawyers on Trends and Key Strategies for the Upcoming Year, Co-author, "Licensees Beware: Recent Changes in the Intersection of Bankruptcy Law and Intellectual Property Law," 2013
  • American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, Co-author, "Can a Counterparty to an Executory Contract Perform Preassumption?" May 2012
  • Law360, Co-author, "Buyer Beware: 363 Sale May Not Absolve Successor Liability," April 20, 2012
  • The Bankruptcy Strategist, Co-author, "Choppy Waters in The Safe Harbor for Shareholders Of Failed LBOs?" March 1, 2012
  • American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, Co-author, "Bankruptcy's Impact on Financial Markets," December 1, 2011
  • American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, Co-author, "Chrysler Reflects Modern Reorganization Practice," December 1, 2010

News & Speaking Engagements

Accolades

  • "Proven Producer", Hillsborough County Bar Association's Pro Bono 5K, 2020
  • Florida Trend Legal Elite, Business Litigation, 2019
  • "Pro Bono Attorney of the Year", Are You Safe, 2017
  • "Outstanding Pro Bono Service by a Young Lawyer", Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee, 2017
  • Florida Super Lawyers, Business Litigation, Rising Star, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
  • Florida Trend Legal Elite, Up and Comer, 2017, 2018, 2019
  • Tampa Bay Business Journal, Up and Comer, 2015
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers, Rising Star, Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights, 2012, 2013

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