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Ellyn S. Garofalo

Ellyn S. Garofalo



Ellyn Garofalo is an experienced trial attorney whose practice includes a wide range of criminal and regulatory matters, including white collar criminal defense and SEC enforcement actions. In her three decades of courtroom experience, she has defended clients in matters involving allegations of securities, bank, mortgage, health care, internet, and tax fraud.

Ellyn’s practice also focuses on the defense and prosecution of complex civil matters including breach of contract claims, partnership disputes, securities and investor fraud claims, real estate litigation, and other business disputes. She is a past member of the board of directors of the Federal Bar Association Los Angeles chapter, the board of directors of the Los Angeles Business Council, and the book publishing board of the American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section.


  • Lead counsel for Dr. Sandeep Kapoor in a high-profile trial involving allegations of overprescribing pain medications to Anna Nicole Smith. After a three- month trial, Dr. Kapoor was acquitted on all six felony counts. (People v. Kapoor).
  • Defended a lawyer in a 75-count indictment charging conspiracy to commit insurance fraud, money laundering, tax fraud, insurance fraud, and aggravated mayhem, regarding an allegedly massive workers’ compensation insurance fraud scheme. (People v. Arnold).
  • Lead counsel for the defendant in a criminal action regarding workers’ compensation premium fraud. (People v. Roozbeh).
  • Represented a clinic in the government's criminal investigation of alleged overprescribing of opiates. The matter was dropped without criminal charges being filed. (United States v. Lifetree Pain Clinic).
  • Represented the defendant in the first federal case involving an indictment for mortgage bailout/foreclosure fraud. (United States v. Kideys).
  • Lead counsel in a tax fraud prosecution arising from the collapse of an entertainment payroll giant, Axium. (United States v. Garber).
  • Lead counsel in a criminal securities fraud action arising from activities with a Los Angeles discount broker, connected to the collapse of a brokerage. The case was resolved after a seven-year investigation by the U.S. attorney's office and the SEC. (United States v. Kott).
  • Lead counsel in a criminal matter involving a hit-and-run that garnered significant media coverage; the matter ultimately was resolved with a probationary sentence. (People v. Goldman).
  • Lead counsel in a money laundering action against a bank owned by the Venezuelan government; the U.S. government abandoned the matter on the eve of trial. (United States v. Banco Venezuela).


  • Southern California Super Lawyers, Super Lawyers Magazine (2006–2021)
    • Top 50 Women, Southern California (2009–2010, 2013, 2015–2018)
  • Top 75 Women Litigators, Daily Journal (2011)
  • Attorney of the Year, The Recorder (2011)

Professional and Community Involvement

  • American Bar Association
    • Book Publishing Board, Criminal Justice Section
  • Federal Bar Association, Los Angeles Chapter
    • Board of Directors
  • Los Angeles Business Council
    • Board of Directors



  • Pepperdine University School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1991)
  • Brooklyn College (B.A., 1973)


Bar Admissions
  • California
Court Admissions
  • California State Courts


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