On Wednesday, March 8, 2023, the Colorado Supreme Court ordered the public censure of attorney Jenna Lynn Ellis. The case is styled as “People v. Jenna Lynn Ellis”, with case #23PDJ004.
The charges cited Colorado Rules of Professional Conduct, 8.4(c), which states:
It is professional misconduct for a lawyer to engage in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation.
The Colorado Rules of Professional Conduct can be found here.
According to the filing, Ellis made misrepresentations regarding the 2020 presidential election on national television and on Twitter in November and December 2020 while working as a senior legal advisor to the then-President of the United States Donald Trump, and as counsel for his re-election campaign.
Politico, a global news and information company reported that Ellis is the latest Trump attorney involved in the former president’s post-election efforts to face discipline, and also the first attorney of the group to acknowledge she misrepresented the evidence of fraud.
Among her admitted misrepresentations were that on November 13, 2020, Hillary Clinton did not concede the 2020 election, that Trump “won in a landslide.”, and that the Trump team found 500,000 illegal votes had been cast in Arizona.
The Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel through Jessica E. Yates and Jacob M. Vos, and Ellis’ counsel filed a Stipulation for Discipline setting forth the parties’ agreement that Ellis should be publicly censured for her misconduct.
The filing states:
“The parties stipulate to the following facts. From February 2019 to January 15, 2021, Respondent was a senior legal advisor to the then-serving President of the United States. She “was a member of President Trump’s legal team . . . that made efforts to challenge President Biden’s victory in the 2020 Presidential Election.” Though Respondent “was part of the legal team. . . she was not counsel of record for any of the lawsuits challenging the election results.” Respondent made ten public misrepresentations in November and December 2020 in her capacity as counsel for the then-President’s reelection campaign and as personal counsel to the then-President, while also advertising her status as a lawyer.”
In light of the foregoing facts, the presiding disciplinary judge, after considering the parties’ stipulation, ordered the public censure of Ellis based on her violation of the above-cited rule of professional conduct. Ellis’ public censure took effect on march 8, 2023.
As of today, Ms. Jenna Lynn Ellis practices in Washington, DC. She attended the University of Richmond School of Law. She has been licensed in Colorado, license no. 44026. Her online bio can be found on LinkedIn.
A copy of the original filing can be found here.