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Thompson, Ellyde R.

Ellyde R. Thompson

Direct Tel: +1 212-849-7344
New York
Tel: +1 212 849 7000 Fax: +1 212 849 7100

Ellyde R. Thompson is a partner in Quinn Emanuel’s New York office and a member the firm’s appellate practice group. She joined the firm in 2010. She has represented parties at the United States Supreme Court, in federal and state appellate courts, in federal and state trial courts, in FINRA and AAA arbitrations, and in state administrative proceedings. Ellyde has been a key member of numerous trial teams, including jury and bench trials in federal court, arbitrations, and state administrative hearings. Ellyde has extensive experience litigating disputes relating to constitutional law, copyright and trademark law, entertainment law, criminal law, employment law, sports law, commercial matters, and the energy sector. Ellyde also has an active pro bono practice. Ellyde was named a Law360 Rising Star in the area of Sports Law in 2019.

Prior to joining the firm, Ellyde was a clerk for the Honorable Betty Binns Fletcher on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

  • Elon Musk
  • Access Industries
  • Alphabet
  • Anta
  • Diageo
  • Entergy Corporation
  • Google
  • Harte-Hanks
  • KKR
  • Motorola
  • Oracle
  • Obtained a jury verdict in favor of Elon Musk in a defamation lawsuit in which the plaintiff sought $190 million.
  • Representing Major League Baseball players in federal court defamation action arising from allegations of performance-enhancing drug use.
  • Representing Alphabet and Google in U.S. Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit in lawsuit concerning Google’s AdSense program.
  • Representing major private equity fund in Delaware Chancery Court in a dispute arising out of termination of merger agreement.
  • Represented musicians in U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in appeal of jury verdict of copyright infringement involving the hit song “Blurred Lines.”
  • Represented E*TRADE in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York in lawsuit involving routing of trades.
  • Represented Entergy in proceeding to obtain state approval for transfer of ownership of in-state nuclear power plant.
  • Represented Respondent before U.S. Supreme Court in case challenging as unconstitutional on equal protection grounds sections of the Immigration and Nationality Act after obtaining favorable decision in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
  • Obtained favorable settlement for The Richard Avedon Foundation in copyright lawsuit concerning ownership of more than 4,000 photographs.Obtained favorable decision on summary judgment dismissing claims for tortious interference with contract.
  • Obtained favorable decision after bench trial, and affirmance from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, in case invalidating as preempted Vermont statutes regarding operation of in-state nuclear power plant.
  • Obtained victory for GFI Group in the New York Appellate Division, First Department, reversing entry of summary judgment against GFI in employment dispute alleging former employee violated restrictive covenants.
  • Obtained vacatur of convictions of an individual white-collar conviction in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit regarding Iranian trade embargo restrictions.


  • Fordham University School of Law
    (J.D., magna cum laude, 2008)
    • Dean’s List
    • Fordham Law Review:
      • Senior Articles Editor
    • Fordham Moot Court Board
    • Order of the Coif
  • Northwestern University
    (B.S., Journalism, 2003)
    • Dean’s List
  • The State Bar of New York
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals:
    • First Circuit
    • Second Circuit
    • Ninth Circuit
    • District of Columbia Circuit
    • Federal Circuit
  • United States District Court:
    • Eastern District of New York
    • Northern District of New York
    • Southern District of New York
  • Law Clerk to the Hon. Betty Binns Fletcher:
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 2009-2010
  • Cravath, Swaine & Moore, LLP:
    • Associate, 2008-2009
  • Article, “Finality, Habeas, Innocence, and the Death Penalty: Can Justice Be Done?”, 85 Wash. L. Rev. 107 (2010).
  • Note, “Executioner Identities: Toward Recognizing a Right to Know Who Is Hiding Beneath the Hood,” 75 Fordham L. Rev. 2791 (2007).