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David Ellison

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Attorney David Ellison is a criminal defense and personal injury lawyer who is licensed to practice law in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and the Federal District Court of Rhode Island. He has experience handling all ranges of criminal defense cases from misdemeanors to serious felonies. He has handled many personal injury cases for his clients and helped them get the compensation they deserve. He believes that his clients are people who deserve to have their day in court. His top priority is protecting his client's rights. He takes pride in fighting for his clients and treating his clients as human beings rather than another number in the system. 

David was born and raised in Providence, Rhode Island. He has a unique path of public service that led him to opening up his own law office. Prior to starting the Law Office of David Ellison, Attorney David Ellison represented hundreds of clients as a staff attorney for the Massachusetts Public Defender Division from 2012-2016. While there, Attorney Ellison represented people on a wide range of cases from misdemeanors to charges punishable by life in prison. He has defended the rights of his clients at jury trials in Superior Court and District Court, at suppression hearings when police violated his client's rights, and all other stages of a criminal case. 

David served as an Assistant City Solicitor in the City of Providence Law Department. While at the Providence Law Department, David handled many aspects of the law for the City of Providence. He represented the City when they were sued for personal injury cases. He represented the Providence School Board and helped write new policies. He helped to create, implement and give legal advice to the Juvenile Hearing Board. He researched and wrote new state laws and city ordinances. He prosecuted traffic offenses. He handled hundreds of public records requests for the City, including representation on Attorney General complaints. He prosecuted banks for Housing Code violations.

Attorney Ellison earned his Juris Doctorate from Roger Williams University School of Law and a Bachelor's Degree from Manhattan College. While in law school, he completed one year of the Criminal Defense Clinic, representing clients in Providence, Rhode Island. He also interned for the Washington County, Mississippi Public Defender's Office and the Alaska Public Defender's Office. He was the President of the Association of Public Interest Law. He is a proud graduate of Providence Public Schools.

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  • Excellent Legal Representation

    From the very first meeting with Attorney Ellison he thoroughly explained what the legal process would entail along with possible expectations...from a full trial to restitution to possible dismissal. He fully prepared for a trial but the matter was settled on the day of trial to everyone's satis...
  • Special Attorney with a Rare Talent

    David Ellison is a special attorney with a rare talent. The law, with all its history and codes, can be challenging and seem excluding. A few months back, I had a decision to make and received legal consultation from a few well known, established RI attorneys. No one came close to the quality of ...
  • Compassionate and Professional

    David gets a 5 star rating from me. He was compassionate and professional in the case against my Mother by the Commonwealth of MA. The case required a significant amount of leg work on his side to prove her innocence. It was clear to me at time of trial he was well prepared to protect her innocen...
  • David took my case head on

    Dave spent almost a year working with me to help resolve my case in my favor. From the start the outlook was rather grim, however Dave assured me that we had options, and we would exercise all of them. He kept in touch, any time I had a question or concern, it was answered honestly and thoroughly...
  • Compassionate and Thorough

    David did an extraordinary job at not only getting my case resolved but with the best possible outcome. He is compassionate and thorough. I highly recommend him to anyone seeking a defense attorney.
  • David went above and beyond

    Dave helped me when I needed some legal help. He was amazing and went above and beyond for me in any way he could. He is very helpful and makes you feel comfortable and he is confident in what he does. I would recommend him to anyone needing any advice or legal help of any kind!
  • I would recommend him to anybody

    David was great. He helped proved my innocence and won my case. He also helped me with my insurance issue. I will always keep his number by my side. I would reccomend him to anybody.
  • Helped Me Get My Court Case Behind Me

    Helped me get my court case behind me in my favor in a very short time. Thank you attorney Ellison, my family and i and i are forever in debt to you! Thanks again.
  • Support Through the Whole Process

    Attny. Ellison was great to work with! He always kept me involved in every detail of my case, returned calls very promptly and supported me thru this whole process! I recommend Attny Ellison to ANYONE AND EVERYONE! Im am greatful He represented me.... THANKYOU FOR ALL YOUR HARD WORK IN WINNING MY...
  • Caring, Compassionate Lawyer

    Attorney Ellison was assigned to our case when a family member was falsely identified as a suspect in a felony. We could not have asked for a more caring, compassionate lawyer. He walked us through the case, explaining in detail all of the legal procedures in language we could understand. He kept...
  • Highly Recommended

    David represented me when I got hit by a drunk driver. He went after the drunk driver and got my medical bills paid, money for my pain and suffering and compensation for the damage to my car. He was very professional and got me my money fast. I highly recommend David Ellison for any legal issue.
  • Poised Attorney

    I met Mr Ellison at a difficult time and don't think it would've have been any easier had he not have been representing me. David Ellison is a poised, smooth talking attorney that gets things done. I especially appreciated his listening skills, and the fact the he genuinely has your best interest...
  • Simple & Comfortable

    Really knows his stuff! If you need a save call Dave. I'm glad I did. Handled all the paperwork for me and made things really simple and comfortable setting
  • David Treated Us Like Family

    When my family was in a very tough legal situation David was the first person we called. Throughout the whole process he treated us like family. He went above and beyond to get the best results possible. The final outcome was much better than what we could have ever imagined. We are forever grate...
  • If you want your life back, have Dave there in your corner

    I truly like to thank Dave for fighting strong and winning my case. Three months we went back and forth to court until July 9 where we ask for a bench trial... that day Dave had to go against a witness and the procescuter. He fought hard and brilliantly and on three counts the judge found me not ...
  • Very Helpful

    After speaking with david he decided to help me out with a traffic ticket (speeding) I know it don't seem like a big deal but being a small business owner and having a commercial drivers license this could add thousands of dollars to my insurance policy and points to my license he was very helpfu...
  • Not a number, but a person

    David represented me when I got hit by a drunk driver. He went after the drunk driver and got my medical bills paid, money for my pain and suffering and compensation for the damage to my car. He was very professional and got me my money fast. I highly recommend David Ellison for any legal issue.
  • A Great Lawyer, Recommend to Anyone

    David has represented me on a few things, and every time he has made me feel comfortable, safe, he reassured me that It was going to be okay. He is a great lawyer, I'm so glad to have come to David! I recommend him to anyone!
  • Focused

    I couldnt have asked for a better lawyer. Very focused. Did everything he could to help me with my case. And help me settled my case without jail time.
  • David is very relatable to your needs

    If you are looking for a professional, compassionate and empathetic attorney, look no further! David Ellison is the only attorney you need! He takes his job very seriously and is quite knowledgeable. He is very relatable to your needs. I would highly recommend David to anyone!
  • Great Guy, Great Lawyer

    After being wrongly accused of a crime (OUI Marijuana), Mr. Ellison was appointed to be my lawyer by a judge. He fought daily to prove my innocence in court, was always available to talk to and meet with me, and was dedicated to my case. His enthusiasm for his job was obvious and he was personall...
  • Time Efficient & Friendly

    David Ellison helped me get all legal documents together for my LLC. He was extremely time efficient and always friendly. I am very new to the small business world but he made everything super easy and took the stress out of it. Any time I have a legal question he responds right away clears it up...

Advocating For You

When you hire Attorney David Ellison, not only are you getting a skilled, experienced, and aggressive lawyer in your corner, but you're getting a lawyer who understands the importance of empathy, honesty, and trustworthiness. Attorney Ellison is a lawyer who loves to advocate for you.