Professional Details

Michelle Ellis


Michelle Ellis is an associate attorney in the Litigation and Corporate practice groups of Theodora Oringher, PC.  She has a range of trial and appellate experience in state and federal court, litigating business disputes, employment and hospital privilege matters, physician retaliation claims and related torts, and fraud and abuse issues.  She has also represented clients in medical staff peer review proceedings and licensing proceedings before the California Medical Board.

Ms. Ellis has experience providing regulatory counsel on a wide range of federal and state healthcare regulations, including the corporate practice of medicine, HIPAA, the Stark Law, and state anti-kickback and self-referral regulations.  She has advised clients in the purchase and sale of medical practices, as well as in the formation of medical groups and partnerships.  Her practice focuses on advising hospitals, health systems, medical staffs, physicians, medical groups, and other players in the healthcare sector dealing with challenging transactional, investigatory, and regulatory issues. 

She is a member of California Society for Healthcare Attorneys and serves as Treasurer on the Board of the California Academy of Attorneys for HealthCare Professionals, a statewide health care attorney organization focused on physician peer review and discipline, state agency licensing and discipline, and other regulatory and administrative issues affecting health care providers.

Prior to joining Theodora Oringher, Ms. Ellis earned her J.D. and Certificate in Dispute Resolution from Pepperdine University School of Law.  While in law school, she served as the Senior Articles Editor of the Dispute Resolution Law Journal and was the Legal Research and Writing Teaching Assistant for first-year law students.  Ms. Ellis also served as a law clerk for Justice Victoria Chavez of the Second District, California Court of Appeal.

Ms. Ellis’s pro bono work includes representing children with disabilities and their parents in disputes with various school districts on behalf of the Pepperdine Special Education Advocacy Clinic.

She has authored a number of articles including The Medicare Appeals Crisis: Why Mediation Is the Medicine, Vol. XVI, Pepp. Dispute Resolution L. Journ., 61-82 (2016) and What happens when a party is added after an offer?, L.A. Daily Journ., June 29, 2015, at 5.