“When we found your name on the Internet, we didn’t know what a blessing you would be.  Your knowledge and expertise is beyond belief.  You have treated us with love, concern and care each time we met or talked on the phone.  And not just you—your whole team is amazing!”
-Dave and Dottie Oakes

 “Outstanding Defense Attorney! I have utilized Martin on several of our more complex general liability and auto liability involving serious medical issues and difficulty challenges. Mr. Ellis was extremely creative and identified a number of creative approaches to obtain favorable outcomes for us. Mr. Ellis does an excellent job communicating and explaining various options during the entire course of litigation. Mr. Ellis’ knowledge of the law and the venue cannot be surpassed. I would highly recommend Mr. Ellis and his firm for any defense work in Tennessee.”

Gary Nesbit, Director of Risk and Insurance, Advance Auto Parts, Inc.

Martin was attentive and polite both in private appointments with us and with opposing lawyers. He maintains a professional demeanor through his knowledge and with his negotiations; and employs an equally attentive, polite, and professional staff. He set realistic expectations and more importantly; exceeded those in the settlement. We were fortunate to have him batting for us.

Martin was attentive and polite both in private appointments with us and with opposing lawyers. He maintains a professional demeanor through his knowledge and with his negotiations; and employs an equally attentive, polite, and professional staff. He set realistic expectations and more importantly; exceeded those in the settlement. We were fortunate to have him batting for us.

Shawn Cowie was ecstatic about the representation he received from Ellis & Ellis Law, P.C. He provided the following testimonial:

“My family and I have had the pleasure of working with Martin for the past three years. He and his paralegals have always shown a friendly demeanor, pure passion in our case, and they have treated us like family from the beginning. His compassion for our unfortunate situation goes unmatched and he has continued to represent us to the fullest to produce a favorable outcome. I would highly recommend him and his team for any legal services needed.”

Judge Harrod on his own initiative mentioned the Copper Basin case and mentioned what a good job you had done on behalf of the hospital in that case. The Judge mentioned that although one week had been set aside for the trial of the case, it appeared to him that the case would easily take to weeks to try. He also was impressed with the way that you had worked the case and was not at all surprised that you had been able to discover a considerable amount of quite damaging evidence as to the defendant. He stated in this regard, “This is the way good lawyers prepare cases.”


Jim and I wish to express our gratitude to you for the successful culmination of our litigation against the United States of America. The order signed by Judge Hull is a fitting tribute to your brilliance. The documents represent so much to us — justice, status of your law firm and your friendship. Thank you for protecting and defending us through difficult times, as well as intervening successfully to secure our future. You have our respect and deepest appreciation.

So many times in our busy and hectic schedules, we don’t take the time to stop and say a “thank you,” but we usually make time to complain. This is definitely a “THANK YOU” letter from myself and my husband J. on behalf of Martin Ellis. He has worked with us for the past two years on a very traumatic and delicate matter for the two of us. He did so with the utmost care and sensitivity. Mr. Ellis always approached the matter in a very professional and non-insulting manner. He is in our opinion an asset to your firm and we will always remember his actions by recommending his services to anyone who has the need.

-J. & B. M., Maryville, Tennessee

I’m writing to suggest an addition to your list of approved counsel. As you know, we employed the services of Martin L. Ellis. None of us ever expected to see this matter settled for less than 3.5 million. Through the meticulous efforts of Martin L. Ellis, we were able to settle for 1.8 million. Gainey Corporation highly recommends that this individual be added to your list of approved counsel.

-Harvey N. Gainey, Chairman and President of Gainey Corporation, Grand Rapids, Michigan

I have to say you are my knight in shining armor. You were there for me when I felt the situation was too difficult to bear alone. It is peculiar where you find strength when you need it and God sure did know what he was doing putting you in my path. I will always be grateful for you.

I am thankful for what you have done for me and my family and I think that gratitude does not diminish over the years. Please extend my thanks to your assistants for me as well.


This is a terrific result for the company and I appreciate your skill in bringing it about. I am particularly pleased that you were able to drive the case to a favorable conclusion in such a focused manner. While the result in this case did not necessitate a trial, my experience is that the ability to consistently achieve efficient positive results, whether through motion practice, settlement or trial, is a sure sign that the person is a true trial lawyer and genuine professional.

-Craig R. Maginness, Senior Litigation Counsel, Shuler International, Inc., Denver, Colorado

Getting us out as quickly, quietly and efficiently as possible is lawyering at its best.

-Peter S. Gold, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Akzo America Inc., Dobbs Ferry, New York

I wish to extend my sincere appreciation for the excellent professional and competent assistance provided by attorney Martin Ellis, regarding a recent case. I believe Mr. Ellis prepared for the trial exceedingly well and did an extremely thorough job preparing me for the trial. I believe the entire matter was handled in a very professional manner and I do not believe that a better job could have been provided.

-Dr. G. B. C., Oak Ridge, Tennessee

Just a note to say thanks again for all your work on the case. I’m confident that had I a different attorney, the outcome might have been quite different.

-Dr. W. S. D., Knoxville Tennessee

I want to thank you and your staff for the professional courtesies extended to us throughout the handling of this case. You provided formidable resistance every step of the way. I have great respect for your talent and execution.

-Bob Ramsey, Upchurch, Colvard, York & Ramsey, Crossville, Tennessee

Martin Ellis represented us in Tennessee litigation in 2003. Martin was successful in resolving those cases under very challenging circumstances. During the litigation, I came to know Martin on a professional level as well as on a personal level. I strongly recommend him to the National Retail and Restaurant Defense Association.-George S. Boskovich, Jr., Boskovich Farms, Incorporated, Oxnard, California

Mr. Ellis,

It is with great pleasure that we communicate with you in reference to the handling of our insurance company issue. As you well know, the situation warranted professional experience and expertise.

We have been extremely satisfied with the service that you and your staff have provided. The neat thing about everything is that you have always been nothing but a phone call away to answer any questions that we might have had regarding our issues. Beyond this, we always felt as if you and the crew treated us like family.

This is hard to place into words; however, when you don’t know “who to trust,” we found trust in you! Thank you so much for your advice, professionalism, and understanding of our situation. It has been difficult working the legal trapeze but you and your staff made our experience better than expected. Please don’t be a stranger and as always…Go Vols!

Sincerely yours,

Don & Mendy Miller


Martin is a very thorough litigator. I have personally witnessed his litigation skills through cases we have had similar interests in and adverse interests against. He always conducted himself in a professional manner and served his clients with dignity and pose.

– Deno Cole, Attorney

If you need a litigator in East Tennessee, he is your man.
– John Spainhour, Managing Partner at Givhan & Spainhour

I have had the pleasure of knowing and being a friend of Martin for about 40 years. His character is impeccable and you can always count on Martin to be there for you.

With his 34 years of experience, I know that he will bring value to his current and future clients
– Pete Peters, IT Manager Prym Consumer USA

I have worked with Martin for many years. Martin is definitely an expert in law and a true professional.
– Ernie Tracy, Owner Of Tracy Imaging, Knoxville, TN

Martin is a skilled litigator who provides excellent representation to his clients.
– Clint Woodfin, Attorney – Managing Member – Knoxville Office at Spicer Rudstrom, PLLC

I have been retained by Martin as an independent expert witness on at least two cases. My assignment in each case was to basically examine documents, conduct research, and express my opinions on the issues of the case. He has been respectful of my opinions, and has a good attitude in discussing differences in opinions. I would consider Martin a “real professional”
– Billy L. Akin, CPCU, ARM, President, Professional Consultants & Services, Inc.

I worked with Martin representing a mutual client in high stakes tort litigation. Martin did a very fine job on behalf of our client and thoroughly impressed me with his work.
– Ron Cox, South Carolina Civil Litigation Attorney at Proffitt & Cox, LLP

Construction can be a very litigious environment, and you need the right attorney to assure you are represented well. Martin and his team proved to be the right choice and resolved our matter quickly and to our benefit.
– Brandon Tate, Luxury Real Estate Sales at Coldwell Banker Florida

I have worked with Martin dating back to the early 1980’s. He has always been very successful in the cases I have worked on with him. He is detail oriented and does everything it takes to achieve a good outcome for his clients, including a case in which he represented a good friend of ours. I highly recommend him.
– Jeff Rusk, RPR, CLVS at Truesdel & Rusk Court Reporters

Martin is a very able and skilled trial lawyer
– Albert Harb, attorney at Hodges Doughty and Carson PLLC

I had the pleasure of getting to know Martin during the time he served on the Board of Directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee and as a volunteer ‘Big Brother’ mentor. Martin expertly navigates the tricky terrain of being a consummate professional while always developing personal relationships along the way. He consistently displays insight, integrity, compassion and humor. From a community service standpoint, Martin is enthusiastic, committed and passionate and always does what he says he will do. If the need ever arises I would want Martin by my side and would not hesitate to retain his services.

-Sharon Moore, Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee

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