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Jay Ellwanger

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Top Rated Employment Litigation Attorney in Austin, TX

Ellwanger Law
8310-1 N Capital of Texas Hwy, Suite 190
Austin, TX 78731
Phone: 737-248-1321
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2021
Selected to Rising Stars: 2007 - 2013
Licensed in Texas Since: 2002
Practice Areas: Employment Litigation: Plaintiff (80%), Civil Rights (20%)
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Attorney Profile

Attorney Jay D. Ellwanger is a partner at Ellwanger Law in Austin, Texas. Mr. Ellwanger focuses his practice on employment law matters involving discrimination, harassment, and wage and hour violations as well as civil rights matters involving police misconduct. He serves a wide client base throughout the the nation.

Mr. Ellwanger has been licensed to practice law since 2001 and has more than 19 years of experience. Before establishing his own law practice, he practiced commercial, employment and intellectual property law at two private Texas-based firms. He founded his practice with the goal of defending clients whose civil rights have been violated and reducing discrimination on both an individual and classwide basis.

Outside of his practice, Mr. Ellwanger is as an adjunct professor at The University of Texas at Austin School of Law. He is also involved in his local community and formerly served as board chair for Urban Roots and the We Raise Foundation. He is a former barrister of the Robert W. Calvert American Inn of Court and received the “Austin Under 40” award from the Young Men’s Business League Austin and the Young Women’s Alliance.

Mr. Ellwanger received a bachelor’s degree from The University of Texas at Austin and earned his law degree from The University of Texas at Austin School of Law. While attending law school, he was chair of the university’s Board of Advocates and belonged to the Texas International Law Journal. He was the national champion of the Tournament of Champions mock trial competition, was selected to the Order of Barristers, and was named the top advocate of his class.

Multiple Locations To Serve You:



8310-1 N. Capital Of Texas Highway

Suite 190

Austin, TX 78731



400 South Zang Boulevard

Suite 1015

Dallas, TX 75208

Practice Areas
  • 80%Employment Litigation: Plaintiff
  • 20%Civil Rights
Focus Areas

Employment Discrimination, Wrongful Termination, Retaliation, Americans with Disabilities Act, Police Misconduct, Race Discrimination, Disability, Discrimination


9 Years Super Lawyers
7 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2021
  • Rising Stars: 2007 - 2013

About Jay Ellwanger

First Admitted: 2001

Professional Webpage:


  • Texas Rising Star 2003-2007
  • Super Lawyer, 2007 - 2018
  • Recipient of the 2009 Austin Under 40 Award in the legal category

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Board of Wheat Ridge Ministries, Chair, 2016-2017
  • Chair of the Board of Urban Roots, 2011-2016

Educational Background

  • The University of Texas at Austin, B.A., Major: English, Honors: with Special Honors, 1998

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Panelist at the West Legalworks Seminar entitled Electronic Discovery after the New Federal Rules: Strategies for Coping with the Latest Challenges and Intricacies, addressing the topic of "Forensics 101:  When Does Your Case Warrant the Full 'CSI' Treatment?", 2007
  • He recently co-authored with Andrew DiNovo, Prof. Tracy Walters McCormack, and Meredith Fitzpatrick the article "Ten Patent Litigation Questions for Texas District Court Judges," which was published by the State Bar of Texas IP Litigation Committee in January 2009.


  • “ Jay is responsible for some of the biggest verdicts and settlements in the entire state for employment discrimination cases.”

These comments were made by fellow attorneys during the annual nomination process.

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Office Location for Jay Ellwanger

8310-1 N Capital of Texas Hwy
Suite 190
Austin, TX 78731

Phone: 737-248-1321

Last Updated: 10/20/2021

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