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.

Education

  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D.
    • American Criminal Law Review
  • Harvard University, B.A., Magna Cum Laude

Prior Work Experience

  • Winston & Strawn LLP
  • Donovan, Leisure, Newton & Irvine
  • United States Office of Special Counsel, Public Affairs Director
  • United States Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs, Staff
  • Massachusetts House of Representatives, Legislative Committee Staff

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

Jessica Friedman is an intellectual property and media lawyer who focuses her practice in trademark, copyright, publishing, advertising/marketing and privacy. With more than three decades of experience, Jessica advises large corporations, non-profit organizations, smaller companies and individuals in a variety of sectors. Jessica’s work spans the technology, publishing, e-commerce and entertainment industries. Her clients appreciate the individual attention and high-level expertise she delivers through industry-appropriate fee structures.

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)

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

Julie Horowitz represents emerging growth companies, startups and established companies of all sizes and structures. As a respected business lawyer, Julie advises entrepreneurs, lenders, venture capitalists, investment bankers and investors in corporate and securities matters. With experience across a diverse array of industries, Julie counsels clients through some of the most important transactions connected to their long-term success.

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
    Graduated cum laude
  • State University of New York at Albany, B.A.
    Graduated summa cum laude

Prior Work Experience

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

Paul Model

Counsel

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

Paul Model

Counsel

Paul Model is a corporate lawyer representing public and private companies, investment and commercial banks, investment funds and nonprofit organizations. Paul has extensive experience in the fields of drug development, medical technology and life sciences. His counsel ranges from advising startup enterprises through the negotiation of licenses with multinational pharmaceutical companies and representing both issuing companies and investment funds in venture capital and other financings.

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
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Ony Okoro

Of Counsel

Ony Okoro is a corporate transactional and intellectual property attorney representing businesses ranging from Fortune-500 companies to start-ups. Her work spans many industries including life sciences, pharmaceuticals and software. With a proven track record for pragmatic business solutions, Ony partners with clients to resolve complex legal challenges so that they continue running their businesses effectively.

Education

  • New York University School of Law, J.D.
  • University of Washington, B.A., B.S.

Prior Work Experience

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

Alix R. Rubin

Of Counsel

Alix Rubin helps employers and employees resolve disputes efficiently, while minimizing disruption to their businesses and personal lives. A proactive lawyer, Alix is deeply knowledgeable about the most recent employment practices available to companies. She counsels clients on policies and contracts that help prevent lawsuits whenever possible. Should employee misconduct be suspected, she performs internal workplace investigations. And should litigation be necessary, Alix is experienced in representing both employers and employees.

Education

  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D.
  • Temple University, Master of Journalism
  • Tufts University, B.A., Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Prior Work Experience

  • Entwistle & Cappucci
  • Lowenstein Sandler
  • Hannoch Weisman

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

Michael Sussman is a corporate, funding and securities lawyer representing entrepreneurs, businesses, funds and investment companies. As an experienced and trusted advisor, Michael often acts as outside general counsel for his clients’ businesses. Michael drafts and negotiates all forms of corporate agreements, such as distribution agreements, marketing agreements and consulting agreements. He also counsels on the establishment and operation of domestic, start-up, venture capital and cross-border companies.

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 is a corporate lawyer who advises businesses in connection with M&A, venture capital finance and joint venture transactions. Ekong works with companies ranging through all stages of growth, with a particular focus on small to mid-sized companies. He represents both public and private companies with diverse capital structures across a broad array of industries. His work includes transactions involving representation and warranty insurance, no-indemnity deals, and auction-style acquisitions and sales.

Education

  • Harvard Law School, J.D.
  • University of North Carolina at Charlotte (B.A. & B.Sc.)

Prior Work Experience

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

Camille Gallardo

Legal Assistant / Office Manager

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

Camille Gallardo

Legal Assistant / Office Manager

Camille Gallardo is the firm’s legal assistant and office manager, handling many of the firm’s day-to-day business needs pertaining to clients, attorneys and staff. Camille is a go-to professional at the firm, a highly capable individual who understands the importance of detailed-oriented client service in the delivery of legal services. She touches virtually every aspect of the firm, ensuring smooth operations.

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