Example Settlements from 2014

11/2014-Settled Workers’ Compensation case on behalf of client, Amy Norman. Ms. Norman was savagely assaulted while on the job.  Fortunately for Ms. Norman, her assault was captured on video.  As a result of injuries received as well as a diagnosis of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, the firm was able to negotiate an 89% to the body as a whole settlement.  That settlement was recently approved by the Workers’ Compensation specialist for the State of Tennessee.

10/2014-Settled Knox County, Tennessee auto accident case for $151,000 during mediation.

8/2014 – Settled a rear-end collision case for policy limits on behalf of client from Union County, Tennessee. Policy limits of $300,000 were tendered and accepted.

6/2014 – Settled auto accident case on behalf of client from Roane County, Tennessee. Immediate investigation of the case resulted in a policy limit tendered by the defense in the amount of $100,000.

1/2014 – Settled a fall-down case against Mountain Motor Sports on behalf of a client from Michigan. Plaintiff was severely injured when thrown from improperly secured boat on the display floor. As settlement was confidential, case was settled for an undisclosed amount.

Example Settlements from 2013

7/2013 – Settled personal injury case on behalf of resident of Delta, British Columbia against automobile defendants for $1.35 million.

3/2013 – Settled insurance bad faith coverage case on behalf of a trustee of revocable trust against Tennessee Farmers Mutual Insurance Company (Settlement amount subject to Confidentiality Agreement required by the Defendants).

3/2013 – Mediated and settled liquor liability case on behalf of resident of Delta, British Columbia against Buffalo’s Billiards Parlor in Nashville, TN (Settlement amount subject to Confidentiality Agreement required by the Defendants).



August 6, 2014 – Knoxville Bar Association presentation by Martin L. Ellis entitled “The Fourth Drink, The Gift That Keeps on Giving – Liquor Liability in the State of Tennessee.”  Comments from the CLE Evaluation Summary Form completed by attendees included:  “This was by far the greatest CLE I’ve attended in my years as an attorney.”;  “Outstanding!  Very interesting and timely.”;  “Excellent information and thorough procedure and analysis, motivational and informative for those wanting to begin taking not only more dram shop but general personal injury cases as well.”;  “Would like to have him speak at more seminars.”;  “Engaging and informative-great, obvious real world mastery of topic.  Well done.”


Examples of our Community to Our Community

2015 -Founding partner, Martin Ellis, donated his mid-life crisis Mercedes convertible to the Holy Family Orphanage in Anyigba, Nigeria. Even though greatly appreciative of the gesture, the orphanage promptly sold the small two-seater convertible and purchased a minivan which is of much more use to them.

3/2015 – ELLIS AND ELLIS LAW, P.C.’s Tractor Trailer Rapid Response Team was on the ground conducting an initial evaluation of a damaged vehicle within 24 hours of our clients request!

August 9, 2014 -Paralegal, Helen Spradlin, joyously entered into marriage with Melvin Haas. The couple to honeymoon in Panama City, Florida, at a later date.

August 1, 2014 – The firm is sad to announce that Penny Wilson, ACP, has decided to retire after many years of valuable and distinguished service. Penny will be sorely missed by all. She has, however, kindly accepted our invitation to return and drink our coffee and visit with us as often as possible.

August 2014 – Martin Ellis, founding partner of Ellis & Ellis Law, P.C., authored an article on liquor liability published in the Greater Knoxville Business Journal.

June 14, 2014 – The firm is happy to announce that senior partner Martin L. Ellis married this date to Kimberly Coomer Ellis. The happy couple to honeymoon in Nova Scotia, Canada.

Kim’s Vows to Martin:

You are the man sent from heaven to love me beyond all my imperfections.  You are a gift from God.
You lift me up with I am down, understand me like no other and support my every dream.  You believe in me no matter what, accept all my flaws and limitations.  You nurture my heart and should with your love, deepen my faith with your prayers, actions and words of God.

You call me Darlin’!



Martin’s Vows to Kim:

When one finds a worthy wife, her value is far beyond rubies.

Her husband entrusting his heart to her, has an unfailing prize.

She brings him good, and not evil, all the days of her life.

She reaches out her hands to the support and extends her arms to the needy.

She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs at the days to come.

She opens her mouth in wisdom and on her tongue is kindly counsel.

Her children rise up and praise her;

Her husband, too, extols her:  Many are the women of proven worth, but you have excelled them all.


May 9, 2014 – The firm of Ellis & Ellis Law, P.C., was thanked by Catherine Stuart, Membership Coordinator for Tennessee Trucking Association, for their recent donation of a sound system that has assisted the Tennessee Trucking Association in their presentations at numerous roadside events.

February 2014 – The firm is ecstatic to announce that Martin Ellis asked for the hand in marriage of Kimberly Coomer. She graciously, and somewhat surprisingly, accepted.

2014 – Member of Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee–Inner Circle Council.

November 28, 2013 – Ellis & Ellis Law, P.C., hosted its First Annual UT Tailgate event.

October 1, 2013 – The name of the firm was changed to Ellis and Ellis Law, P.C., to reflect the addition of attorney, Daniel L. Ellis to the firm.

August 2013 – I am pleased, proud and bursting with emotion when I announce that my son, Daniel L. Ellis has decided to join my practice. Daniel is a seasoned litigator with extensive experience in Security Clearance administrative hearings. After only four years of practice, Daniel has successfully participated in over 20 administrative hearings before Administrative Law Judges located in Washington, D.C. Most of his cases have actually been tried through a “videoconferencing” system employed by the U.S. government to reduce expenses. The opportunity to practice law with my only son is a dream come true.

May 2013 – Filed a product liability case in the MDL related to Yaz in the Southern District of Illinois. This tragic case involves a seven-month ingestion of Gianvi resulting in our client’s death at the young age of 33.

October 2012 – After 34 years of practicing law, Martin L. Ellis decided to follow in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, both solo medical practitioners, and open his own law firm. It had long been his dream to provide professional legal services with a personal touch, and he is now in a position to fulfill that dream. Mr. Ellis retained his office “family,” Penny Wilson and Helen Spradlin, and they are both with him at Ellis & Ellis Law, P.C.

May 2012 – Martin L. Ellis was an invited speaker to a FoodSafetyTech Event entitled “Supply Chain Vulnerabilities: Benchmarking and Best Practices in the Food Industry,” May 7-8, 2012, in Chicago, Illinois. Mr. Ellis presented on the topic of Legal Liability and Best Practices for Protecting Yourself and Your Brand.” A copy of the PowerPoint presentation is available upon request.

Mr. Ellis presented a session during a recent seminar called “What’s at Risk?” This program focused on legal issues that confront the insurance industry, its agents and adjustors. When is a company acting in bad faith? What damages are recoverable? Is there personal liability for the agent or adjustor? What can be discovered from an adjustor’s file? When is an agent liable? Best practices were also discussed.

July 23, 2011 – The Ellis family traveled to Masada on the eastern edge of the Judaean Desert in Israel. There is a long “snake path” that winds its way up to the top of the fortress, the former palace of Herod the Great. Upon arriving at the top of Masada, Martin’s two beautiful daughters, Eleanor and Elizabeth, were surprised to meet the actor, Kevin McKidd. Mr. McKidd had formerly been one of the lead actors in the HBO series, Rome, from 2005 through 2007. He currently is a member of the cast of Grey’s Anatomy. As you can see from the photograph below, Mr. Ellis’ daughters were star-struck.

October 2011 – Martin L. Ellis was selected to speak at a CEU Institute Seminar on October 12, 2011. The topic of the presentation was Ethical Claims Negotiations. The presentation was made before members of insurance companies, litigation and risk managers and claims professionals. A copy of the presentation may be viewed here.

September 2009 – Martin L. Ellis was an invited lecturer at the 4th Annual Food Safety Symposium sponsored by Nation’s Restaurant News and Ecolab. Mr. Ellis lectured on the topic of “Foodborne Illness – Prevention & Crisis Management” (see related article in Restaurant News discussing the H1N1 virus). Fifty corporate representatives were present representing in excess of $10 billion in annual sales. The picture below represents a cooking class taught by students from the Johnson & Wales University, College of Culinary Arts in conjunction with the sponsors of the symposium.

In 2008 and 2009, Martin L. Ellis was named a “Mid-South Super Lawyer.” Being named a Super Lawyer is a great honor as only 5 percent of attorneys in Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee are chosen. The selection process, which is merit based, involves peer nominations with ballots mailed to 23,000 Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee lawyers, a blue-ribbon panel review and independent research on candidates.

March 2008 – Martin L. Ellis’ experience and abilities as a trial lawyer were recognized by his election to the International Society of Barristers (Fellow). The International Society of Barristers is an honor society of outstanding trial lawyers chosen by their peers on the basis of excellence and integrity in advocacy. Created in 1965, the society arose out of a desire to bring together the best of the trial bar in a setting devoid of partisan interests. With limited membership, the society has fellows from every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Australia, Canada, England, Scotland and Mexico.

Fall 2007 – Martin L. Ellis was selected a member of the Board of Directors for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee.

September 2007 – Martin L. Ellis was selected as a member of the Trucking Industry Defense Association (TIDA), and its members are devoted to sharing knowledge and resources in defense of the trucking industry. Founded in 1993, TIDA has become the organization of choice for over 1,200 motor carriers, trucking insurers, defense lawyers and claims servicing companies. TIDA is committed to reducing the costs of claims and lawsuits against the trucking industry.

June 2007 – Founding member, Martin L. Ellis, and fellow swimmer, Bill Jolly, 71, swam eight miles in Norris Lake as part of a fund-raiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee.

November 2006 – Paralegal, Helen Spradlin, successfully completed the Advanced Paralegal Certification Program on “Discovery.” Helen is now entitled to use the credential “ACP” in connection with her paralegal work. The Advanced Paralegal Certification program is provided by the National Association of Legal Assistants to paralegals who have already achieved the Certified Paralegal designation, taken the certification and continuing education process one step further by acknowledging successful completion of an advanced course on a specifically defined area of work. To achieve the advanced certification in the subject area of Discovery, Helen successfully completed 13 learning modules.

January 2006 – Martin L. Ellis received an AV rating with Martindale-Hubbell* that identifies lawyers with very high to pre-eminent legal ability, indicating they demonstrate the highest professional and ethical standards and reflect the confidential opinions of the bar and the judiciary.

November 2003 – Martin L. Ellis was duly admitted and qualified as an attorney and counselor of the Supreme Court of the United States of America.

August 2000 – Helen Spradlin was certified by the National Association of Legal Assistants as a CP (Certifier; Paralegal). This involved successful completion of a comprehensive two-day examination covering Communications, Legal Research, Legal Terminology, Judgment & Analytical Ability, Human Relations, Interviewing Techniques, Ethics and Substantive Law. The examination is a result of ongoing and continuous research of certified paralegals, members of the American Bar Association and legal assistant educators. Established in 1976, the CLA/CP (Certified Legal Assistant/Certified Paralegal) program has enabled the profession to develop a strong and responsive self-regulatory program offering a nationwide credential for legal assistants.

May 1999 – Martin L. Ellis completed 40 hours of trailing and subsequent Continuing Legal Education by the Supreme Court of Tennessee Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee to have qualified as a Rule 31 Mediator in the field of General Civil Mediation.

October 1998 – Martin L. Ellis successfully completed testing and other requirements by the National Board of Trial Advocacy to be designated as a Civil Trial Specialist. Mr. Ellis was among the first attorneys to be certified by the commission under a program established by the Tennessee Supreme Court in 1994. To be certified, Mr. Ellis was required to have years of experience in his field, special education and to pass an examination as well as receive positive recommendations from other lawyers, judges and his clients.

* AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.