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David Charles Ellison

Criminal defense Attorney at Cranston, RI

5.0   22 reviews
  • State Years
    Rhode Island - RI 11 years
    Massachusetts - MA 11 years
  • Licensed for 11 years
    State RI
    Acquired 2012
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 11 years
    State MA
    Acquired 2012
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About David

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Prior to starting Ellison Law LLC, Attorney David Ellison represented hundreds of clients as a staff attorney for the Committee for Public Counsel Services in Massachusetts from 2012-2016. While there, Attorney Ellison represented people on a wide range of cases from misdemeanors to charges punishable by life in prison. He has defended the rights of his clients at jury trials in Superior Court and District Court, at suppression hearings when police violated his client’s rights, and all other stages of a criminal case. 

Attorney Ellison believes that his clients are people who deserve to have their day in court. He takes pride in treating his clients as human beings and not another number in the system. 

Attorney Ellison is licensed to practice law in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. He graduated from Roger Williams University School of Law in 2012. While in law school, he completed one year of the Criminal Defense Clinic, representing clients in Providence, Rhode Island. He also interned for the Washington County, Mississippi Public Defender’s Office and the Alaska Public Defender’s Office. He was born and raised in Providence, Rhode Island.​

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Location

Ellison Law LLC
1000 Chapel View Blvd
Suite 260
Cranston, RI, 02920
Ellison Law LLC
161 South Main St.
Fall River, MA, 02721
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Posted by anonymous | October 13, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Case Dismissed
Attorney Ellison was remarkable to work with. He is very responsive and attentive. He explained the legal process with every possible detail and was there for me every step of the way. He definitely cares about his clients and fights for the best outcome possible. I would highly recommend.
Posted by Virgilio | March 12, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Arrest warrant since 1993 dismissed
There was a warrant out for my arrest since 1993 and didn't know about it until I applied for citizenship and received a letter stating this. I live in Miami and contacted Mr. David Ellison In Providence Rhode Island, since this warrant was from there. Right away Mr Ellison started working on the case I was told by Mr. Ellison that I needed to go to Rhode Island and give myself up, in which I did. I didn't know exactly what was going to happen in court. To my amazement and shock my case was dismissed in a few minutes time. I would recommend Mr Ellison as a Professional that knows his job perfectly well and he is a wonderful human being, very understanding and very intelligent. I want to thank you so much Mr. Ellison for the great job you did. I really appreciate you as a professional and as a person Thank you again
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Posted by anonymous | December 19, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent legal service
I hired David Ellison to represent me in connection with a traffic violation case. David treated my case as being of utmost importance and did everything possible to secure the most favorable outcome of the case. David appeared with me in front of the judge and was able to negotiate the dismissal of the violation. Based on this experience, David proved to be an excellent negotiator as well as takes his clients’ interests very seriously. It was a pleasure working with David and I would highly recommend his services.
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Posted by Ty | November 20, 2019
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Traffic Court Defense
David Ellison was great! He had a few appointments today and made sure to fit me in his schedule before hand. He made sure to go over everything with me so he knew what he was dealing with. Also the result was greater than I had expected! I was in jeopardy of having my license suspended and ended up having my speeding ticket thrown out completely and only having to pay court cost! Overall positive results and hopefully I wouldn’t have to but I would definitely hire him again in the future if anything came up.
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Posted by Susan | August 20, 2019
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Suprisingly all around great experience !
We had a great experience working with David Ellison. He was personable, flexible, easy to work with, competent, knowledgeable, responsive and trustworthy. We contacted him on a Friday about a traffic tribunal trial on Monday and he didn't hesitate to take our case and work with us over the weekend and after hours. He went over and above what I would consider his realm of responsibility to work with and counsel our son. The outcome he helped to achieve was better than what we had hoped. Thank you, David!
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Posted by Loujay | July 10, 2019
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My experience
He is a great attorney and very professional. He was very attentive to the case and on top of everything that needed to be done. Always on time and very reliable. On point with documents and follow ups as well. We did receive a great result with his representation. I will recommend him to anyone for representation in a court room or advice.
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Posted by Anna | June 27, 2019
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Fantastic Lawyer!
I got assigned David Ellison in the court by what must have been an act of God. He understood that I had no experience in the court system and worked with me to explain everything clearly and concisely to make sure I knew exactly what was going on the entire time. He always made sure I felt supported, informed, and heard and listened and answered any questions I had. I also have anxiety and ADHD: he made sure I understood everything together before moving forward in the court which helped me weigh all of my options in a way that made sense to me and eased my discomfort and anxiety. All around a really fantastic lawyer and I was extremely lucky to work with him!
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Posted by James | June 13, 2019
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Fantastic Guide and Partner
Having never been involved with law before, being on the receiving end of something can be impossibly scary. David guided me through the entire process and at each step I felt like I was informed and supported. I got the outcome we had predicted would happen, a positive one, and would recommend him to anyone without skipping a beat.
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Posted by Amanda | May 14, 2019
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Easy & reliable z
Easy to talk to and very knowledgeable. He was nice & very punctual to court dates . Helped me a lot with my case and got it done in a fast manner ! Would totally recommend to others !
Posted by anonymous | May 2, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Best Attorney
David Ellison honestly hads been one of if not the best attorney that I have come across with . David stuck in contact with me during the period of my case and best thing of all the case was dismissed what a better way to start your day. I would definitely recommend him to anyone. Thank you David
Posted by Paula | February 14, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Justice served
David gets a 5 star rating from me. He was compassionate and professional in the case against my Mother by the Commonwealth of MA. The case required a significant amount of leg work on his side to prove her innocence. It was clear to me at time of trial he was well prepared to protect her innocence. We received the best possible outcome. Thanks David for all your hard work!
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Posted by anonymous | January 22, 2019
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Mr.
From the very first meeting with Attorney Ellison he thoroughly explained what the legal process would entail along with possible expectations...from a full trial to restitution to possible dismissal. He fully prepared for a trial but the matter was settled on the day of trial to everyone's satisfaction. Excellent legal representation.
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Posted by Markes | December 17, 2018
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Great attorney
I met Mr Ellison at a difficult time and don't think it would've have been any easier had he not have been representing me. David Ellison is a poised, smooth talking attorney that gets things done. I especially appreciated his listening skills, and the fact the he genuinely has your best interest at heart and is ready to take whatever action you specifically ask for.
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Posted by Ross | October 25, 2018
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Highly recommended
Dave spent almost a year working with me to help resolve my case in my favor. From the start the outlook was rather grim, however Dave assured me that we had options, and we would exercise all of them. He kept in touch, any time I had a question or concern, it was answered honestly and thoroughly, day or night. He helped me to understand all of the different aspects of my case, and how our actions in the courtroom might effect the outcome of my case and my life. In doing this he showed sincere concern for my future, rather than a quick and possibly undesirable result. Dealing with the legal system as a defendant is always a miserable and stressful process, though Dave always kept me reassured that he would do everything he could to fulfill my wishes. From the start my case was a lost cause, I am certain many other attorneys would have convinced their clients to plead out, and do the time, explaining to them that they had no chance to win. Dave did the opposite for me, he took my case head-on and we won. I hope I never need to deal with this system again, but if I do, I will only call one attorney, and that's Dave Ellison.
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Posted by Cathy | October 15, 2018
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| Consulted Attorney
A lawyer who puts you at ease!
David recently gave me some guidance regarding an out of state civil suit. He was very honest about my situation, but also put me at ease at the same time. He went out of his way to help me and was truly empathetic. I would highly recommend David Ellison to anyone who is looking for an honest and professional lawyer!
Posted by anonymous | November 22, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
A great lawyer!
Dave helped me when I needed some legal help. He was amazing and went above and beyond for me in any way he could. He is very helpful and makes you feel comfortable and he is confident in what he does. I would recommend him to anyone needing any advice or legal help of any kind!
Posted by Gardner | November 5, 2017
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Great Personal Injury Lawyer
David represented me when I got hit by a drunk driver. He went after the drunk driver and got my medical bills paid, money for my pain and suffering and compensation for the damage to my car. He was very professional and got me my money fast. I highly recommend David Ellison for any legal issue.
Posted by anonymous | June 11, 2017
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Speeding Tickets
I could not ask for a better lawyer than Dave Ellison. He is very caring and down to earth. He make you feel like you're a part of his family and will do everything to help me daughter case.
Posted by Gisele | October 13, 2016
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The Best Lawyer Ever
David was great. He helped proved my innocence and won my case. He also helped me with my insurance issue. I will always keep his number by my side. I would reccomend him to anybody.
Posted by Jason | September 9, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent lawyer
I couldnt have asked for a better lawyer. Very focused. Did everything he could to help me with my case. And help me settled my case without jail time.
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Cost

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  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Ellison Law LLC
  • 2016 - Present
  • Assistant City Solicitor
  • City of Providence Law Department
  • 2016 - 2018
  • Staff Attorney
  • Committee For Public Counsel Services
  • 2012 - 2016

Education

  • Roger Williams University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2012
  • Manhattan College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2009

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Felony Carrying a Firearm without a License
  • Dismissed
  • Distributing Heroin
  • Suppressed/Time Served
  • Illegal Search Warrant on Felony
  • Suppressed/Dismissed
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Associations

  • Rhode Island Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2018 - Present
  • Rhode Island Bar Association
  • 2012 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2023
  • Professional Excellence
  • Rhode Island Monthly Magazine
  • 2023
  • Professional Excellence
  • Rhode Island Monthly Magazine
  • 2022
  • Rising Star Criminal Defense
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2022
  • Rising Star Criminal Defense
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Professional Excellence
  • Rhode Island Monthly Magazine
  • 2021
  • Rising Star Criminal Defense
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Professional Excellence
  • Rhode Island Monthly Magazine
  • 2020
  • Rising Star Criminal Defense
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Professional Excellence
  • Rhode Island Monthly Magazine
  • 2019
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Speaking Engagements

  • New Leader’s Council May Institute
  • Criminal Justice Policy
  • 2019
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Attorney endorsements

Received (14)
Given (22)
Endorse David
Criminal defense Attorney | May 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. David is smart, dedicated, and truly does care about his clients. He is my go-to for any question about Massachusetts criminal law and procedure."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Dec 19
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse David Ellison for his Legal skills, work ethic, knowledge of the law and respect within the legal community. You will be well served with David by your side"
Personal injury Attorney | Jul 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I enthusiastically endorse this lawyer. David is a brilliant and zealous advocate for his clients and obtains results."
Personal injury Attorney | Oct 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Ellison is one of the most professional and compassionate people I have had the privilege to know. He truly is the epitome of empathy. He gives his full attention to all of his clients and genuinely cares about each and every case. I endorse and recommend Attorney Dave Ellison for both personal injury and criminal defense without hesitation or reservation. I'm honored to consider him both a colleague and a friend."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"David is an exceptional attorney. I have had the privilege of working with him and am always astonished by his knowledge of the law and his commitment to his clients. He zealously advocates for his clients and work hard to bring about the best resolution for their case."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Ellison is a smart, aggressive attorney with experience handling hundreds of criminal cases. I recommend him without reservation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David Ellison is a phenomenal criminal defense attorney. Dave takes an aggressive approach to each case and fights tirelessly for every client. What sets Dave apart is his willingness to go the extra mile in every case. Dave takes the time to understand the facts of each individual situation and to get to know every client. As a public defender he had the opportunity to handle hundreds of complicated criminal cases and has now taken that experience into his own private practice. Dave has the courage to fight even difficult cases and the heart to truly understand each client. I would highly recommend Dave to anyone."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Dave is an excellent attorney. If you do not see him hard at work in the office or in the courtroom, you will see him attending outreach programs or training events so that he may better serve his clients and the community at large. I highly recommend David because he is a knowledgeable attorney with a great personality."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Having handled a number of cases with Attorney Ellison back when I was a prosecutor, I can say that he is a very knowledgeable attorney, who vigorously fights for his clients and has a great courtroom presence."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"When I think of the words that would best describe Attorney Ellison's representation of his clients, those words would be passionate, compelling, empathetic, and aggressive. Those are the things that make him stand out above all other criminal defense attorneys. He cares and he pushes for the best outcome possible. I highly recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
""Need a Save? Call Dave!" I have had the pleasure of working with Attorney David Ellison on numerous criminal defense and personal injury cases. Mr. Ellison brings a lot to the table with both his legal acumen and trial experience. Attorney Ellison is willing to go the extra mile for his clients. His zealous advocacy inside the courtroom, and his bedside manner in handling clients outside of the courtroom, make him a unique asset to the profession."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 18
Relationship: Friend
"I have known Attorney Ellison for many years. Over that time, I have watched him put in long hours working hard for the success of his clients. He goes above and beyond and pours his heart and soul into his cases. He's very smart, compassionate, and personable. He doesn't settle for the status quo. A real game changer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Dave is an excellent lawyer he handles criminal and personal injury cases in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. He is very hard working, has a great ability to communicate with juries and has earn the respect of the legal profession in both States. I would highly recommend Dave."
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