Our People

Paul Ellis

Managing Partner

Paul Ellis

Managing Partner

Paul Ellis represents companies at all stages of their life cycles, as well as funds and angel investors. Clients choose Paul to negotiate complex business matters and provide sophisticated, strategic legal advice for establishing, financing, operating and exiting highly successful, and often rapidly-growing, companies. His experience spans multiple industries including software, digital media, e-commerce, healthcare, fintech, manufacturing and retail and consumer products. Paul routinely handles cross-border matters, often in collaboration with the firm’s network of foreign counsel worldwide.

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Julie K. Horowitz

Counsel

Phone: (212) 949-5900
jhorowitz@pelglaw.com

PRACTICE AREAS

General Corporate • M&A • Securities • Private Equity • Private Placements • VC/Angel Finance • Emerging Companies • Technology Companies • Real Estate Finance • Bankruptcy • Secured Transactions • Proxy Fights

EDUCATION

New York University School of Law, J.D.
Order of the Coif; American Judicature Society Prize; Articles Editor, Journal of International Law and Politics; Law Revue

State University of New York at Albany, B.A.

PRIOR WORK EXPERIENCE

  • Cravath, Swaine & Moore
  • Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP
  • Camhy Karlinsky & Stein
  • Citicorp Real Estate Inc.

Jessica R. Friedman

Of Counsel

Phone: (212) 949-5900
jfriedman@pelglaw.com

PRACTICE AREAS

Trademark • Copyright • Literary Property • Licensing • Software Development Agreements • Technology Transactions • Privacy • Emerging Companies

EDUCATION

Yale Law School, J.D.

Princeton University, B.A.
Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa

PRIOR WORK EXPERIENCE

  • Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson
  • Deutsch, Klagsbrun & Blasband (previously Linden and Deutsch; now McLaughlin & Stern)
  • Reboul, MacMurray, Hewitt, Maynard & Kristol (now Ropes & Gray)

Paul Model

Of Counsel

Phone: (212) 949-5900
pmodel@pelglaw.com

PRACTICE AREAS

General Corporate • M&A • Securities • Private Equity • Private Placements • VC/Angel Finance • Debt Finance • Emerging Companies • Life Sciences • Biotech • Drugs and Medical Devices • Licensing

EDUCATION

Harvard Law School, J.D.
Magna Cum Laude

Hampshire College, B.A.

PRIOR WORK EXPERIENCE

  • Davis Polk & Wardwell
  • Emed Technologies Corporation, General Counsel

Ony Okoro

Of Counsel

Phone: (212) 949-5900
ookoro@pelglaw.com

PRACTICE AREAS

Licensing • Intellectual Property • Technology Transactions • Privacy • M&A • Emerging Companies • Technology Companies

EDUCATION

New York University School of Law, J.D.

University of Washington, B.A., B.S.

BAR ADMISSIONS

Illinois
New York
Washington

PRIOR WORK EXPERIENCE

  • Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
  • Dorsey & Whitney LLP
  • GE Healthcare

Alix R. Rubin

Of Counsel

Phone: (212) 949-5900
arubin@pelglaw.com

PRACTICE AREAS

Employment Counseling • Employment Litigation • Employee Handbooks • Workplace Investigations • Employment, Non-Compete and Severance Agreements • Reductions In Force

EDUCATION

University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D.

BAR ADMISSIONS

  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania

PRIOR WORK EXPERIENCE

  • Lowenstein Sandler
  • Hannoch Weisman
  • Entwistle & Cappucci

Michael J. Sussman

Of Counsel

Phone: (212) 949-5900 (O)
(646) 745-5446 (C)
msussman@pelglaw.com

PRACTICE AREAS

M&A, Joint Ventures and Other Business Combinations • Financing Transactions and Private Placements • Domestic, Cross-Border, Start-Up and Venture Capital Companies • Corporate Investment • Commercial Agreements • Funds • Employment Contracts

EDUCATION

Georgetown University Law Center, J.D.
Cum Laude
Law and Policy in International Business

University of Massachusetts, B.A.
Cum Laude

PRIOR WORK EXPERIENCE

  • Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton
  • Mayer, Brown & Platt
  • Squire, Sanders & Dempsey
  • Citigroup Global Markets Ltd.
  • StormHarbour Partners

Ekong Udoekwere

Counsel

Phone: (212) 949-5900 (O)
eudoekwere@pelglaw.com

PRACTICE AREAS

General Corporate • M&A • VC/Angel Finance • Joint Ventures • Emerging Companies • Capital Financing

EDUCATION

Harvard Law School, J.D.

University of North Carolina at Charlotte, B.A. & B.Sc. 

BAR ADMISSIONS

  • California

PRIOR WORK EXPERIENCE

  • Loeb & Loeb LLP
  • Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
  • Troy Gould PC

Camille Gallardo

Legal Assistant / Office Manager

Phone: (212) 949-5900 (O)
cgallardo@pelglaw.com

EDUCATION

Barnard College of Columbia University, B.A.

Instituto Superior de Derecho y Economía, Master’s
International Law, Foreign Trade and International Relations

PRIOR WORK EXPERIENCE

  • Permanent Mission of Uruguay to the United Nations
  • Gleason & Koatz, LLP