Ellis dedicates himself to listening to his clients, helping them focus on what their goals are, and then applying his knowledge and skill to achieve their goals. He listens to his clients, helps them figure out what they want, and then works with them to achieve that result. He is a very sympathetic listener who will hear and understand your problems. But you can also count on Ellis to give you solid advice even if it means you should not pursue a lawsuit. He gives you the advice of a friend and counselor. He will tell you what you need to hear to make the best decision for you, not just that you should sue everyone every time.
Ellis and Joe have been working together as a team since early 2015. Before that, Ellis ran his own law firm helping clients with a range of issues. This experience gave him the ability to focus on the challenges they faced and how to efficiently and effectively meet their goals.
Immediately prior to opening his own law firm, Ellis served as General Counsel and Deputy Secretary at the North Carolina Department of Public Safety (DPS). DPS has over 27,000 employees and is responsible for the North Carolina prison and probation/parole systems, State Highway Patrol, Emergency Management, National Guard, and the juvenile justice system.
Prior to working for DPS, Ellis served as an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) in the Eastern District of North Carolina for two years. He worked in the Civil Division and had 19 trials in federal court. He also had extensive experience representing the United States against negligence and medical malpractice claims for personal injuries under the FTCA and in bankruptcy cases.
Before serving as an AUSA, Ellis worked as an associate in the business litigation practice group of Womble, Carylye, Sandridge and Rice in Winston-Salem working primarily for companies on matters related to business disputes and dissolution of businesses. This job allowed him to appreciate and help guide his clients in managing the high-level need for strategic business advice and specific legal counsel within their budget. He also learned that attention to detail can make or break the outcome in a legal dispute. Details matter and knowing how to harness those details wins cases.
Ellis is from northeastern North Carolina. He was born and raised in Edenton. He earned a degree in history from Davidson College. After graduating, he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant by his Army R.O.T.C. program. He served as an infantry officer in the U.S. Army for four years and left as a Captain, spending time primarily in Ft. Benning, Georgia and Ft. Riley, Kansas. After serving in the Army, Ellis earned a law degree from Wake Forest University Law School, where he served as a member of the Law Review. Upon graduation, Ellis spent a year as a law clerk for the Honorable Claude Hilton, a U.S. District Court Judge in the Eastern District of Virginia.
Ellis lives in Raleigh with his wife, daughter, and son. He enjoys coaching his nephew in football for the City of Raleigh League Dolphins. He also serves on the Wake County Board of Elections and is a board member for the NC Heroes Fund that supports veterans in North Carolina.