MARTIN L. ELLIS

Location:190 B Marketplace Blvd., Knoxville, Tennessee 37922
Phone: 865-951-2257
Fax: 865-951-2907
Email: E-mail Me

One of Martin’s passions is his involvement with Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee (BBBS ET) Martin L. Ellis and Bill Jolly organized and led three fundraising “Big Swims” to raise funds to support the work of Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee.  The first two swims were 8 mile long swims in Norris Lake.  The third was an “Escape from Alcatraz Swim” from Alcatraz Island in the San Francisco Bay.  The following is a clip from showcasing some of Martin’s work for that great event!

AREAS OF PRACTICE

  • Personal Injury — Plaintiff
  • Tractor Trailer
  • Auto
  • Food Born Illness
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents — Plaintiff
  • Products Liability Law
  • Complex Litigation
  • Medical Device Litigation 

LITIGATION PERCENTAGE

  • 95% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

CERTIFIED LEGAL SPECIALTIES

  • Civil Trial Specialist, Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization, Tennessee
  • Civil Trial Advocate, National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • Mediator, Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31

BAR ADMISSIONS

  • Tennessee, 1978
  • U.S. Federal Courts, 1978
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 2002
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2003

EDUCATION

  • University of Tennessee College of Law, Knoxville, Tennessee
    • J.D. – 1978
  • University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee
    • B.S. – 1973

REPRESENTATIVE CASES

Examples of Martin L. Ellis’ extensive trial experience include, but are not limited to the following: 

  • Advery v. Celotex, USDC, Knoxville, TN – 10-day trial;
  • Akzo v. GATX, USDC, Knoxville, TN – 5-day trial;
  • Amos V. Celotex, USDC, Greensboro, NC – 10-day trial;
  • Anderson v. Celotex, USDC, Columbia, SC – 8-day trial;
  • Arnold v. Celotex, USDC, Knoxville, TN – 5-day trial;
  • Berlin v. Celotex, USDC, Nashville, TN – 9-day trial;
  • Boiter v. Celotex, USDC, Columbia, SC – 9-day trial;
  • Burns v. Schuller International, Inc., Knox Circuit, Knoxville, TN – 2-day trial;
  • Ellis/Mitchell v. American Water Heater, Loudon Circuit, Loudon, TN – 10-day trial;
  • Hudson v. MS Carriers, USDC, Greeneville, TN – 7-day trial;
  • McCloud v. Celotex, USDC, Columbia, SC – 12-day trial;
  • McCurry v. Container Corp. of America, Knox Circuit, Knoxville, TN – 2-day trial;
  • McFall v. Eagle Distributing Co., Knox Circuit, Knoxville, TN – 3-day trial;
  • Sharp v. Anderson County, Anderson Circuit, Clinton, TN – 2-day trial;
  • Shealey v. Celotex, USDC, Columbia, SC – 9-day trial;
  • Stricklin v. Waterbury Companies, Inc., Hardin Circuit, Savannah, TN – 9-day trial.

REPRESENTATIVE CLIENTS

  • Atlantic Mutual Insurance Company
  • Burlington Insurance Company
  • Carlisle Companies Incorporated
  • D.T.S. Truck Division
  • Gainey Transportation Services
  • Liberty Mutual Insurance Company
  • Nobel Insurance Company
  • One Beacon Insurance Company
  • RPM International Inc.
  • Star Transport, Inc.
  • Super Service, Inc.
  • Texas Roadhouse
  • Represented a Produce Supplier in California in litigation versus Taco Bell

REFERENCES

  • K-25 Federal Credit Union
  • First American National Bank

CLASSES/SEMINARS

  • 4th Annual Food Safety Symposium; Topic: Foodborne Illness-Prevention & Crisis Management, Nation’s Restaurant News & Ecolab, September 13, 2009 – September 15, 2009
  • 5th Annual Food Safety Symposium; Topic: The Best Laid Plans of Mice and Men – Foodborne Illness, Nation’s Restaurant News & Ecolab, September 19, 2010 – September 21, 2010
  • Lecturer, Medical Malpractice Issues, Knoxville Medical Association
  • Sexual Harassment Seminar – Plaintiff and Defense, Knoxville Bar Association, 1995
  • Sexual Harassment Seminar, Knoxville Paralegal Association, 1996
  • Ethical Claim Negotiations Seminar, CEU Institute, October 12, 2011 – Present
  • How Specialization is Changing The Practice of Law – A Practitioner Roundtable, Law Practice Today Expo – Knoxville Bar Association, April 20, 2012 – Present
  • Legal Liability and Best Practices for Protecting Yourself and Your Brand, FoodSafetyTech, May 7, 2012 – May 8, 2012
  • Litigating Insurance Coverage Claims: From Start to Finish, National Business Institute, December 13, 2012 – Present

HONORS AND AWARDS

  • AV Peer Review Rating, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Fellow, International Society of Barristers
  • Civil Trial Advocate, National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • Mediator, Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31
  • 2009 Top Attorney List, Product Liability, Knoxville City View Magazine
  • 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 Mid-South Super Lawyer
  • The Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Civil Pretrial Practice Advocate, National Board of Trial Advocacy

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS

  • Knoxville Bar Association, Member
  • Tennessee Bar Association, General Practice Section, Member
  • Tennessee Bar Association, Tort and Insurance Practice Section, Member
  • Attorney & Counselor of the Supreme Court of the United States, Member
  • Defense Research Institute, Member
  • Trucking Industry Defense Association, Member
  • Claims & Litigation Management Alliance, Member

FRATERNITIES/SORORITIES

  • Omicron Delta Kappa
  • Beta Theta Pi
  • Big Brother through Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee and Board Member from 2006 to 2009.

Hobbies

  • Tennis
  • Wake boarding
  • Horseback riding
  • Skeet shooting
  • Long distance swimming

 

Call or Contact us today!

Experience can make all the difference. To discuss your case and your options for free, call our office at 865-951-2257.

Attorney Martin Ellis is available days, evenings and weekends. We are off the I-40 at the Cedar Bluff exit. If needed, we will travel to the scene of the wreck, your office, the hospital to visit your employee, your employee’s home or another convenient location.


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