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On its Web site, the Sacramento, Calif., litigation boutique Ellis, Coleman, Poirier, LaVoie & Steinheimer touts its mission to promote women in the legal profession. Founded by Mark E. Ellis last fall, the 13-lawyer firm says it is 50 percent women-owned and that two of its name partners are leaders in a local bar association dedicated to the advancement of women.

But multiple lawsuits filed against Ellis over the past eight years paint a starkly different picture of the attorney’s attitude toward women. And according to his former firm, the most recent allegations of misconduct led them to show Ellis the door.

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