ELLYCE COOPER is a partner in the firm’s Century City office and member of the White Collar: Government Litigation and Investigations practice. She serves as a lead lawyer on the firm’s Crisis Management and Strategic Response Team, which is ranked in the 2021 Chambers Crisis & Risk Management guide, as one of the top two teams in the United States, and among the top six teams globally for crisis management. Ellyce is recognized in the guide as a key contact for crisis management both in the U.S. and globally.
Ellyce assists companies facing significant crisis situations and government investigations. She leads companies in determining a complete, thoughtful and responsive strategy. She is adept at working on multi-faceted matters that involve a number of different government and regulatory entities and parties. Ellyce’s diverse white collar experience includes representing clients in internal investigations and government investigations. She frequently represents providers in the banking industry, along with Medicare Fraud and Abuse matters, and has also worked on investigations related to regulatory compliance issues.
In addition, Ellyce has extensive experience handling complex civil litigation. She is also a member of Sidley’s Consumer Class Actions and Corporate Governance practices, and serves on the firm’s COVID-19 Task Force.
Ellyce’s state and federal litigation practice includes representing clients in connection with False Claims Act matters, including qui tam “whistleblower” lawsuits, accountant liability litigation and medical device and pharmaceutical matters. She has defended clients through various stages of litigation, from trial preparation through verdict. Ellyce's client list includes notable companies from the healthcare, pharmaceutical, accounting, financial, defense and automotive industries.
Ellyce is ranked in the 2022 Chambers USA guide for California Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations, with clients noting, “She is just phenomenal. She is an extremely knowledgeable person - when she gets a case, she knows the facts backwards and forwards and has an encyclopedic knowledge of the facts.” L.A. Biz named her as one of their 2019 “Women of Influence”, a list recognizing women who have found success in a range of businesses affecting the Los Angeles economy while also making time to mentor younger executives, work with nonprofit organizations and pursue charitable endeavors. She has also been recognized by Best Lawyers in the category of Criminal Defense: White-Collar (2018-2022).
Ellyce earned her J.D. from University of California, Los Angeles School of Law and her B.A., magna cum laude, from the University of California Berkeley.