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Born in Evanston, IL and raised in Arlington Heights, IL., I came to Sarasota in 1978.    I took a job waitressing at the Mel-O-Dee Restaurant and put myself through College at USF/New College  Campus.  I returned to USF and earned a Master's Degree. After Graduation, I worked at Palms Psyciatric Hospital.  When I had my first born, I had the luxury of staying home for 10 years and raising two children.  The oldest just recently graduated from FSU Law and I am very proud of him.  He is an old soul who exercises his passion and channels his energy in a way to promote change. My daughter can excel in any profession she chooses, she's just trying to find out what that profession is.


 I attended Stetson College of Law when my youngest entered Kindergarten. Going from Sesame Street at home to Law School in St. Petersburg was quite an experience. When I graduated from Stetson Law I was 40 years old.  I had interned at the State Attorneys Office and was offered a job.  I worked as an Assistant State attorney to Earl Moreland for 5 years.  I was able to practice in Misdemeanors, Juvenille, Domestic Abuse and Felony Division. I tried over 40 Jury Trials and numerous Bench Trials.  It was a wonderful experience and after 5 years I went out on my own. 


I opened up a small practice back in 2003 in Venice, FL.  I wanted to practice Bankruptcy and help those in need of professional guidance and I wanted to educate them on their options.  I thought with my Mental Health background, helping people who are stressed and overwhelmed would be right up my alley. After the rash of Hurricanes and the scars they left behind, my practice grew and I opened an additional practice in Sarasota, FL.  I still run two offices and I still do only debt related law.  


My passion is Music, walking, traveling, food, wine, reading, film and being outdoors. At one point I was a runner and ran 12 1/2 Marathons and 12 Full Marathons.  It was the people in my group that motivated me to get up and train.  Once the group dissapated I slowly lost the drive and ambition. I love participating in the community I live in.  Sarasota is my home and I love the people here.


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Practice areas


  1. Chapter 13 Bankruptcy: 90%
    12 years, 1.17 thousand cases
  2. Debt Settlement: 5%
    12 years, 100 cases
  3. Foreclosure: 5%
    9 years, 300 cases



Hourly ($200-250/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Mary Elizabeth King

    Sherry and I have worked together when we have mutual clients. She is knowledgeable in her area of practice as well as compassionate with her clients. I highly endorse Sherry for her skills as a bankruptcy attorney.


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  • Thomas S. Hudson

    Sherry Ellis is an excellent lawyer, and I have been entrusting my own clients to her for years when they need to consult on debt or bankruptcy. Time after time, I hear that she is patient and empathetic, and has a mastery of the debtor-creditor relationship. I would readily refer any of my own family to her, and endorse her unequivocally to anyone needing a sympathetic ear and expertise in financial law.


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Contact info

Sherry Ellis, P.A.

1834 Main Street
Sarasota, FL, 34236

871 Venetia Bay Blvd Ste 224
Venice, FL, 34285-8053



FLMember in Good Standing199809/08/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Richard Garland Outstanding Program of the year award.Judge John Scheb Inn of Court2013
Improving Homes Economic EmpowermentConnectingvolunteers.org2013
2012 Walk to End AlzheimersAlzheimers Association2012
Team in Training fund raisingLeukemia and Lymphoma Society2009
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PresidentSherry F. Ellis, P.A.2003 - Present
Prosecuting AttorneyState Attorney's Office Sarasota, Fl1998 - 2003
InternSarasota County Governement Office1996 - 1996
InternGoodwill Industries of Sarasota, FL1985 - 1985
Director Of Adolescent Chemical Dependency UnitSarasota Palms Psychiatric Hospital1984 - 1987
Association namePosition nameDuration
BNI- Business by the BayN/A2014 - Present
BNI-Business By the BayMember2014 - Present
Solo and Small Firm Standing Committee, Sarasota County BarSarasota Bar Member2013 - Present
Sarasota Downtown AssociationMember2012 - Present
Tampa Bay Bankruptcy Bar AssociationAttorney Member2005 - 2012
American Bankruptcy InstituteAttorney Member2005 - 2011
Florida Association for Women LawyersBoard Member2004 - 2009
National Association of Bankruptcy AttorneysAttorney Member2004 - 2011
Sarasota County Bar Association, South CountyMember1999 - Present
Sarasota County Bar AssociationAttorney Member1998 - Present
Judge John M. Scheb American Inn of CourtMasters1997 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Laverna Ketcham vs. State of FloridaThe Court affirmed the County Court's Order.
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Publication nameTitleDate
The Docket Sarasota County Bar AssociationWho is the Wizard of Oz?2013
West Coast Woman MagazineThe 2005 Bankruptcy Reform Act and it's Implications2006
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Stetson University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1998
Institute of Family TherapyN/AN/A1989
University of South FloridaRehabilitation CounselingMA - Masters1985
University of South FloridaBusinessBA - Bachelor of Arts1983
Illinois State UniversityEnglishAssociate of Arts1978
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Gulf Coast Legal Foundation Jewish Community centerSaving your Home2013
Legal Aid of Manasota and Jewish FederationBankruptcy Overview2012
North Port Library, North Port, FLMortgage Modification Seminar2011
North Port Library, North Port, FlLearn new ways to keep your Home2010
Is your home upside down? Know your Options, Get Educated and InformedTuesday, May 25, 6 – 7:30 p.m. North Port Library, Juliano Room How to Save Your Home Join local attorney Sherry Ellis as she outlines the changes in Florida Bankruptcy Code.2010
FCPC ConferenceForeclosures, Short sales and Bankruptcy2009
Womens Resource Center in Venice, FLDebt management2006
Florida Association for Women Lawyers (Sarasota chapter)Bankruptcy Update2006