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About Me

Matthew E. Ellis received his law degree from the University of Oregon
School of Law in 2007.  He graduated with honors from Georgia Tech
with a bachelors of science in International Affairs.  Between
undergrad and law school, Matthew was an AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer,
serving in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas.  He began his legal career
practicing criminal defense in Anchorage, Alaska, where he interned
with both the state and federal public defenders.  Matthew cut his
teeth as an attorney at the Anchorage Courthouse and the
Anchorage Jail.  He lived in Washington, DC for a time, assisting in
an investigation for the United States Department of Justice before
returning to Oregon.  Matthew practiced family and criminal law for a
year in Hillsboro, Oregon, but could not resist the offerings of
practicing in the Columbia River Gorge with Morris, Smith, Starns & Sullivan.  His passion is criminal defense.  Matthew is licensed to practice law in Oregon and Alaska.


Practice Areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 80%
    5 years
  2. DUI & DWI: 19%
    3 years
  3. Speeding & Traffic Ticket: 1%
    5 years


Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

7 total 

  • Marissa E Garcia

    Mr. Ellis is a fine attorney, who works hard representing his clients. He will fight to defend your rights and his work is excellent.


    Marissa Garcia Landlord & Tenant Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • David J. Susens

    Matt is a passionate and aggressive attorney. His clients are in great hands with his representation both in and out of court.


    David Susens Ethics & Professional Responsibility Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact Info

Morris, Smith, Starns & Sullivan

414 Washington St
Suite 3
The Dalles, OR, 97058

Morris, Smith, Starns & Sullivan

116 Oak St
Hood River, OR, 97031



AKActive Out of State200801/16/2013

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Associate AttorneyMorris, Smith, Starns & Sullivan2013 - Present
Associate AttorneyCorbridge & Kroll, LLC2012 - 2013
Law Clerk - Litigation Support for US DOJCACI2010 - 2012
Attorney - Independent ContractorLa Office of J. Adam Bartlett2008 - 2010
Attorney - Independent ContractorLaw Office of Rex Butler and Associates2008 - 2010
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationN/A2013 - Present
Mid-Columbia County Bar AssociationN/A2013 - Present
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Oregon School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2007
Georgia Institute of TechnologyGovernment and International AffairsBS - Bachelor of Science2002