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I have practiced law for 22 years in both WV and Ohio.  More than 70% of my practice is devoted to various types of consumer litigation (lemon law, debt collection abuse, fraud and credit report errors, etc.) as well as personal injury and bankruptcy.  I also handle select criminal defense cases (felonies and misdemeanors).  My website is and my blog is   


Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 30%
    23 years, 170 cases
  2. Consumer Protection: 30%
  3. Bankruptcy & Debt: 20%
    15 years, 125 cases
  4. Lemon Law: 20%
    19 years, 250 cases



Contingent (25-40%), Free consultation (30 minutes)

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  • Donald F. Harris

    I endorse this lawyer. Great reputation.


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  • Seth S. Gaskins

    Attorney Ellem is a leader in his field. I highly recommend this lawyer to anybody needing representation in West Virginia.


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Contact info

914 Market St
P.O. Box 322, Suite 207
Parkersburg, WV, 26102-0322


WVAuthorized to practice law199210/30/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Legislator of the yearCampaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth2014
CV RatingMartindale-Hubbell2013
Outstanding Legislative Service AwardWVAJ2008
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerEllem Law Office2000 - Present
DelegateWV House of Delegates2001 - 2014
AssociateGoodwin & Goodwin, LLP1992 - 2000
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Association of Consumer AdvocatesWV State Chair2014 - Present
National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneysmember2011 - Present
American Bankruptcy InstituteAttorney Member2011 - Present
National Association of Consumer AdvocatesMember2006 - Present
West Virginia Association for JusticeMember2006 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v. Doonan: 640 S.E.2d 71 (2006)Reversed and Remanded for new trial
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
West Virginia University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1992
Wheeling Jesuit UniversityEconomicsBS - Bachelor of Science1989
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Arab American Institute Leadership SummitPast and Present Arab American Elected Officials2014
Annual ConveningPassing Good Juvenile Sentencing Reform Legislation Post-Graham and Miller2014
WebinarHow to Communicate Effectively With Your Elected Representative2012
Arc of Wood County WorkshopGuardianship and Conservatorship Law (as applicable to those with developmental disabilities)1997