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David Ellison

Attorney David Ellison is a criminal defense and motor vehicle offense 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 in both Rhode Island and Massachusetts. 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. He puts an emphasis on representing clients aggressively with honesty, compassion and empathy. 

David has been selected as a "Rising Star" by Super Lawyers in 2021, 2020 and 2019 in both Rhode Island and Massachusetts for Criminal Defense. He also received the Professional Excellence in Law award from Rhode Island Monthly in 2021, 2020 and 2019. 

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 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 both 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, including prosecuting motor vehicle offenses. 

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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  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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 ...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • Extremely Knowledgeable

    The most amazing lawyer I have ever had. He does an amazing job with amazing results. Extremely happy with the results. Extremely highly recommended by me. He is a man of his word and is extremely knowledgeable about his field of expertise. Amazing job David Ellison. Keep up the great work
  • Takes His Job and Role in Society Very Seriously

    Takes his job and his role in society very seriously and actually puts the work in for his clients and does not settle for less. He told me what he was going to do for me and he executed it to it's fullest extent. I highly recommend him to anyone that is fighting for justice.
  • Outstanding Legal Expertise and Professionalism

    I just want to thank Mr Ellison for his outstanding legal expertise and professionalism. In the short amount of time that we have met you were quick with responses and paid attention to every detail. If it werent for your skills and knowledge the matter would not been settled. I feel so indebted ...
  • One of the Best Attorneys

    David Ellison honestly has been one of if not the best attorney that I have come across with. David stuck in contact with me during the period of my case and best thing of all the case was dismissed what a better way to start your day. I would definitely recommend him to anyone. Thank you David
  • Personable and Compassionate Lawyer

    Finding a good lawyer is tough. Finding a trustworthy , honest, and reliable lawyer is even tougher. When my husband was given a mandated court attendance traffic violation ticket we panicked. We were concerned that he would have his licence suspended. Since he is self employed this would cause a...
  • Easy and Reliable

    Easy to talk to and very knowledgeable. He was nice & very punctual to court dates . Helped me a lot with my case and got it done in a fast manner ! Would totally recommend to others!
  • David was Kind and Easily Accessible

    David went above and beyond helping to resolve the matter quickly. He got the best possible outcome and was kind and easily accessible throughout the whole process. I can not recommend him more highly!
  • David Went Above and Beyond

    We were so fortunate to have been referred to David Ellison for our legal needs. We had two positive outcomes on two separate cases because of David. He went above and beyond for us, very clear with great attention to detail. He is extremely professional and very personable. I truly believe we wo...
  • Fantastic Guide and Partner

    Having never been involved with law before, being on the receiving end of something can be impossibly scary. David guided me through the entire process and at each step I felt like I was informed and supported. I got the outcome we had predicted would happen, a positive one, and would recommend h...
  • A Fantastic Lawyer

    I got assigned David Ellison in the court by what must have been an act of God.He understood that I had no experience in the court system and worked with me to explain everything clearly and concisely to make sure I knew exactly what was going on the entire time. He always made sure I felt suppor...
  • Very Professional

    David is a great attorney and very professional. He was very attentive to the case and on top of everything that needed to be done. Always on time and very reliable. On point with documents and follow ups as well. We did receive a great result with his representation. I will recommend him to anyo...
  • David Did a Great Job

    I was happy to David Ellison on my case he did a great job could not ask for a better lawyer thanks for all your help
  • Very Smart, Thorough and Understanding

    Very smart, thorough and understanding. Worked to get my issue resolved quickly. I would reccomend him to anyone who needs legal services.
  • David Truly Cares

    If anyone is experiencing tough times and needs an attorney, I would highly recommend David. During a time where I was extremely stressed and unsure of what to do because of what I was going through with the court system, he was able to calm me down and explain our plan of action. David made sure...
  • David Helped Me Through a Tough Time

    David Ellison is one of the best Attorneys out there.. I was in a tough spot with a case that went against me.. For a year I had a horrible lawyer that did nothing for me except delay case longer for months.. I got fed up and talked with David.. He assured me he would do everything possible he co...
  • Personable, Flexible, Easy to Work With, Competent, Knowledgeable, Responsive and Trustworthy

    We had a great experience working with David Ellison. He was personable, flexible, easy to work with, competent, knowledgeable, responsive and trustworthy. We contacted him on a Friday about a traffic tribunal trial on Monday and he didn't hesitate to take our case and work with us over the weeke...
  • Very Understanding and Compassionate

    David Ellison was very understanding and compassionate. He kept in touch and was always up to date. If you're looking for honest great legal representation contact David Ellison!
  • Extremely Efficient

    Was extremely efficient and gave me and my family complete confidence in our situation.
  • David Will Go Above and Beyond

    David is a great lawyer. He will go above and beyond. He helped me more than family would. Truly a great lawyer.
  • Dedicated, Knowledgeable, and Passionate Attorney

    "Attorney David Ellison was referred to me by another reputable Attorney. I was eager to work with Attorney Ellison to abolish an OUI charge for a family member (Class A career driver). Quickly, i saw first hand how compassionate and caring Attorney Ellison is with his clients. Attorney Ellison u...
  • Effective, Engaged, and Honest

    "David is a great lawyer but more importantly a solid and genuine human being. He was effective, engaged, and honest throughout my entire case. He gave me sound, nuanced advice and kept me in the loop every step of the way. We ultimately received the best possible ruling I could have hoped for. I...
  • David was Great

    "David Ellison was great! He had a few appointments today and made sure to fit me in his schedule before hand. He made sure to go over everything with me so he knew what he was dealing with. Also the result was greater than I had expected! I was in jeopardy of having my license suspended and ende...
  • David Went Above and Beyond

    "David Ellison went above and beyond to get me a favorable result for my case. He took the time to educate me on all options I had, and was patient with my questions. He was readily available whenever I needed to go over anything. I would strongly recommend David to anyone looking for a professio...
  • David is Kind, Genuine, and Knowledgeable

    "I was referred to Dave Ellison by a colleague and he is just the most kind, genuine, and knowledgeable lawyer I've had the pleasure of working with. He treats you like a good family member would/should; reliable, honest, and straightforward. Dave is very responsive which is more than I can say a...
  • Excellent Legal Service

    "I hired David Ellison to represent me in connection with a traffic violation case. David treated my case as being of utmost importance and did everything possible to secure the most favorable outcome of the case. David appeared with me in front of the judge and was able to negotiate the dismissa...
  • Honest and Caring

    The best lawyer and man I have met in a while and an honest and caring man! Via Google
  • David is a Great Attorney

    David is a great attorney!! I would recommend him to anyone in need of a lawyer!! Not only did he get me the best results possible, he made me feel so safe and less nervous with him standing by my side! Via Google
  • Attorney Ellison Did a Great Job on My Case

    "Attorney Ellison did a great job on my case, I would recommend him to anyone who needs help with the law." Via Google
  • David was Personable

    "I hired Attorney David Ellison to represent me on a traffic violation. My license was at risk of suspension and he immediately recognized the impact this would have on me personally and professionally. I was pleasantly surprised at how personable he was and how he took the time to explain all po...
  • David Did a Fantastic Job

    "David did a fantastic job representing me. He explained everything that was happening at all points throughout the process. If the need arose in the future I would absolutely call David Ellison for my legal needs." Via Google 
  • Top Notch Attorney

    "I had an five year old case. Attn. Ellison was able to help me resolve the case in such a timely professional manner. He stayed by my side through the whole process. He did an excellent job. I recommend him to anyone in need of a good attorney. I can't thank him enough. He's very Professional. T...
  • David is a Wonderful Human Being, Very Understanding and Very Intelligent

    "There was a warrant out for my arrest since 1993 and didn't know about it until I applied for citizenship and received a letter stating this. I live in Miami and contacted Mr. David Ellison In Providence Rhode Island, since this warrant was from there. Right away Mr Ellison started working on th...
  • David is Professional and Easy to Talk to

    "David is a great lawyer. He has helped me a few times when I have needed legal help. He's professional and easy to talk to. I would highly recommend him to anybody in need of a lawyer." Via Google
  • David is Super Responsive

    "Mr. Ellison represented me after I was rear ended by a MACK truck. He was super responsive, always available, and I didn't worry about anything. I've recommended him to anyone who has needed an attorney." Via Google
  • David Knows and Will Protect Your Rights

    "Very knowledgeable of his profession and receiving results. Dave helped me out on numerous occasions, good or bad he's knows and will protect your rights" Via Google
  • David was Engaged, Responsive, and Above All Else Empathetic

    My first experience ever needing representation: David was engaged, responsive, and above all else empathetic to my situation. Many times I was frustrated with the process, David was there to lend an ear and offer a reassuring voice. I couldn't have made it through this without David and I strong...
  • Very professional and lots of experience

    "Very professional and lots of experience. Really takes the time to send you information you need to know prior to going to court. He answered every question I had and was able to get better results than I expected. I didn't even have to say a word, he took care of everything. If I was in another...
  • I Recommend David's Services to Anyone in RI or MA

    "David was the best possible choice I could've made for my legal needs. He gave me a clear set of options based on my legal rights. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend his services to anyone in Rhode Island or MA." Via Google
  • Very Responsive and Attentive

    "Attorney Ellison was remarkable to work with. He is very responsive and attentive. He explained the legal process with every possible detail and was there for me every step of the way. He definitely cares about his clients and fights for the best outcome possible. I would highly recommend." Via...
  • David was a Pleasure to Work with

    "David Ellison worked diligently to get me a great result for my case. I would recommend his services to friends or family if they should need legal representation. Despite the circumstances, he was a pleasure to work with." Via Google
  • Great Communication and Hard Work

    "David worked so hard on my case and really kept pushing for what I deserved! I can't thank him enough for always keeping me up to date and the great communication throughout this process. David went above and beyond to make things fair and I truly can't thank him enough for all his hard work! If...
  • Well Polished Attorney

    "David is a well polished attorney. When I sought legal representation he was one of the lawyers I was referred to by a peer in his field. I am beyond grateful for David's help." Via Google
  • Excellent Lawyer

    "Dave is an excellent lawyer!  He has great determination and has helped me through multiple difficult times. He shows courage and analytical skill that proves he doesn't give up until he wins the case. I highly recommend his firm to anyone who needs a lawyer." Via Google
  • Very Helpful and Professional

    "I worked with David Ellison to prepare for a Massachusetts show cause hearing. David was very helpful and professional, everything went smoothly and as hoped." via Google
  • Top Notch Legal Assistance

    "My experiences with David have been nothing but great. He has made every situation stress free on my part and thoroughly sticks to his word. While handling all legal matters with complete professionalism and precision I wouldn't recommend anyone else! Without a doubt the best decision if seeking...
  • David Cares

    "David is an amazing person. When I was 18 I was getting into my first real legal trouble, going to jail and what not. David was my court appointed attorney and I figured “I'm screwed this guys probably a hack”. Boy was I wrong. David was the most caring, hard working SOB attorney I've ever had. ...
  • Dedicated, Devoted, and Personable

    "This man is a very dedicated, devoted, and a personable person. You'll never find someone who works has hard for you, as close with you, and as transparent with you. I'm so glad David's practice was the one I called. I couldn't have asked for a better result! Thank you David!!" Via Google 
  • David is Professional and Cares

    "David is very professional and really cares about his clients. Couldn't have asked for a better lawyer!" Via Google 
  • Professional, Quick, and Responsive

    "Mr. David is a great lawyer. One may find great lawyers but is difficult find the a great humanbeing with all positive qualities. He was professional, quick, and responsive. Couldn't ask for more than what Mr. David as a lawyer is. Kudos!" Via Google 
  • David Knows How to Help

    "David Ellison knows how to help people who are in need, when the need it. He makes sure he is their for you and he can get the job done. 10/10 would recommend hire him for the case you need to be resolved." Via Google 
  • If I could give him more than 5 stars I would!

    "I first met David just before Covid 19 hit to represent me in my DMV Intoxolock violation appeal hearing. While waiting for the court date the world was shut down as well as the hearings office. It took over a year to finally get a court date!! David was there for me every step of the way consta...
  • Prompt, Professional and Helpful

    "David was prompt , professional and and helpful . All my questions were answered and I had a clear understanding of my case the cost and what to expect after just a few short conversations . Everything you need is there - to feel like you are getting the help you need . Thank you" Via Google 
  • David Takes Pride in his Work

    "David Ellison is an extremely hardworking gentleman who went above and beyond to help me. I would highly recommend him to anyone. He takes pride in his work and communicated with me throughout the whole process." - Travis via Google
  • It was Great Working with David

    "It was great working with David. He was able to get my ticket dismissed on the first try and he also saved me the trip of driving down! Highly recommended." - Cristian via Google
  • David was Kind and Patient

    "David was so wonderful to work with. He did an amazing job helping us. Throughout the whole process, he was kind and patient and I felt like he really cared. I trusted him and I really encourage everyone to contact him and utilize his services." - Tatiana via Google 
  • Highly Recommend

    "Successful trial! David secured the best possible outcome in my case. Highly recommend his notable service." - Jorge Via Google 
  • David Did an Excellent Job

    "David, you did an excellent job! I am very satisfied! You are worth a 10 star rating if I could give you one. Thank you David." via Google 
  • Quick Communication

    "One of the best lawyers I've ever had. He was quick to text whenever I had a question and helped fight off both of my tickets and got my driving record to a clean slate. Would highly recommend." Via Google 
  • David Will Fight For You

    "I couldn't have asked for anyone better to represent me. if you're looking for someone that's always on top of the game and will fight for you, David Ellison is your guy." Via Google 
  • Highly Recommend David

    "David did an excellent job with my interaction with the law. He noticed something that showed he had a great understanding of the law. He helped to prepare me for the situation and everything went smoothly and with a positive outcome. David has a great rapport among his colleagues and came highl...

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.