Ellyn S.




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Ellyn S. Garofalo



Ellyn S. Garofalo is a Partner in Liner’s Litigation Group and Head of Liner's White Collar Criminal Defense practice group.  She has extensive trial and litigation experience, defending and prosecuting complex civil matters involving health care, professional negligence, real estate and shareholder and partnership disputes.  Ms. Garofalo represents a roster of celebrities and is adept at resolving sensitive matters both in and out of the courtroom.  Her criminal and regulatory work includes defending individuals and corporations in a broad range of matters including health care fraud, medical licensing issues, insurance fraud and bank fraud.  She has significant experience handling Fifth Amendment issues implicated in parallel civil, criminal and regulatory proceedings.


Pepperdine University School of Law (J.D., cum laude)

Brooklyn College (B.A.)

  • Southern California Super Lawyers (2006-2017)
  • Top 75 Women Litigators, Los Angeles Daily Journal (2011)
  • Attorney of the Year, The Recorder (2011)
  • Southern California Super Lawyers, Top 50 Women (2009-2010; 2013; 2015)
  • Board member of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
  • Board member of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Federal Bar Association
  • Member, Bar Association's Criminal Justice Section Book Publishing Board
  • Board member of the Los Angeles Business Council
  • American Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association

Notable Civil Matters

Wineberg v. Perelmutter.  We represented Minnie Driver in a contempt proceeding (brought in a civil court( against a neighbor.   After a two week trial, in November 2016, the neighbor was convicted of contempt and is awaiting sentencing.

Farmers & Merchants Bank v. Ukleja.  Lead counsel in action involving $12 million in commercial loan guarantees.

LMNO Cable v. Ikegami & Co.  Lead counsel for defendant in accounting malpractice     and involving the production of reality television shows for Discovery Communications.
Karsin v. Sheppard Mullin.  Lead counsel in legal malpractice claim against Sheppard     Mullin arising from a dispute over a complex web of family trusts.  

Donley v. Misho.  Lead counsel in legal malpractice claim involving the misappropriation of client funds.

Zisette v. Starline.   Lead counsel for defendants in action arising from a highly publicized fatal accident on a Starline double decker party bus.  

Peikin v. Aletheia Asset Management.  High profile civil action arising from a dispute between the founders of Aletheia Asset Management, a highly successful asset management firm

Bodega Latina v. Lakeview.  Lead counsel in a lease dispute between grocery chain and     landlord.

SAW-AVP Partners, LLC v. Pircher, Nichols & Meeks.  Lead counsel for plaintiffs in a legal malpractice action stemming from a law firm’s conflicted representation of members of a real estate ‘fund of funds’ formed by plaintiffs and then-CEO of Arden Realty, Richard Ziman.

Haden v. Audience Delivered, LLC.  Lead counsel in shareholder dispute involved internet startup.

Global Icons v. Bear Stearns & Co.  Lead counsel for plaintiff in litigation against The Sillerman Companies and Bear Stearns & Co., arising from the sale of the Elvis Presley estate.

Goldentree Asset Management v. Garber.   Lead counsel for defendant in fraud case arising from the collapse of entertainment payroll giant Axium International, Inc. Goldentree dismissed the case after defendant demurred.

Ehrenberg v. Visconti.  Lead counsel for defendant in an adversary proceeding brought by the trustee for debtor Axium International, Inc.

Experian v. Ybrant Digital.   Lead counsel in a $100 million dispute arising from the sale of two Experian internet subsidiaries.

New Stream Secure Capital, LLC v. Rankin.  Lead counsel for former Chief Financial Officer of the publicly traded House of Taylor Jewelry, against an $11-million claim lender New Stream Secure Capital, LLC.

Corona Corporation v. Global Capital Partners, LLC.   Lead counsel for defendant broker-dealer in an action for breach of fiduciary duty and fraud.

Orange County v. Daiwa Securities, et al.  Lead counsel for Daiwa Securities in connection with broker dealer litigation arising from the Orange County bankruptcy.


People v. Kapoor.  Sandeep Kapoor, M.D. was the lead defendant in a profile indictment charging with six felony counts of over prescribing pain medications to Anna Nicole Smith.   Dr. Kapoor was Smith's personal physician  before her death from a drug overdose in Florida.  Smith's boyfriend and her psychiatrist were co-defendants.  After a three month trial in Los Angeles Superior Court, the jury acquitted Dr. Kapoor on all charges.  

People v. Arnold.  Tatiana Arnold was named in a 75 count indictment charging conspiracy to commit insurance fraud, money laundering, tax fraud, insurance fraud and aggravated mayhem in connection with an allegedly massive worker's compensation insurance fraud scheme.   

People v. Roozbeh.   Prosecution alleging worker's compensation premium fraud.

United States v. Lifetree Pain Clinic.  Investigation into well-known pain clinic for over prescribing opiates.  The matter was dropped without criminal charges being filed.

United States v. Kideys.  First federal case to be indicted for mortgage bailout/foreclosure fraud.

United States v. Garber.  Lead counsel in tax fraud prosecution arising from the collapse of Axium

United States v. Kott.  This was a securities fraud arising from activities at J.B. Oxford, a Los Angeles discount broker.  The matter arose in connection with the fraud.  The case was connected to the collapse of brokerage Stratton Oakmont – the subject of the film "Wolf of Wall Street."  The case was resolved after a seven year investigation by the Office of the United States Attorney and SEC.  Kurt Eichenwald of the New York Times wrote significant articles on the matter.

People v. Goldman.  This case involved a high profile hit and run which garnered significant media coverage.  It was resolved with the DA's office with a probationary sentence.

United States v. Banco Venezuela.    This was a money laundering action against a bank owned by the Venezuelan government.   The government abandoned the case on the eve of trial.