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David William Zellis

Criminal defense Attorney at Langhorne, PA

5.0   47 reviews

also known as Dave Zellis, Zellis Law

  • State Years
    Pennsylvania - PA 38 years
    Georgia - GA 38 years
  • Licensed for 38 years
    State PA
    Acquired 1985
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 38 years
    State GA
    Acquired 1985
    Status
    Inactive Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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

About David

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My wife and I are the parents of four wonderful children. My two oldest are girls and they have left our nest to study. My two youngest are boys and we are thrilled to have them in our home. My youngest boy is special, but is the caboose that runs our train. I enjoy spending my free time with my kids. I especially like watching and coaching my boys when they play sports. We live and breath sports.

 

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Zellis Law, LLC
1701 Langhorne-Newtown Road
Langhorne, PA, 19047

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Posted by Jeffrey | May 26, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great guy, better lawyer
David saved me from a pretty sever sentence, words can’t describe the gratitude I have for that. I wasn’t the easiest client to deal with either. I procrastinated quite a bit but in the end David got it done. If you are looking for a defense attorney David is my first and only suggestion. He has worked with me every step of the way and he was very understanding and helpful. Today I’m not sitting in a cell and that is thanks entirely to david Zellis.
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Posted by anonymous | January 6, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The best lawyer
I would not use anyone else. David Zellis is patient, kind, and shows me the person I should learn to become!
Posted by James | April 23, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Extremely effective.
I have had no prior experience in the legal system by which to compare the services of David Zellis, Esq. I did, however, find him to be courteous, engaging, knowledgeable, smart, and experienced. He outlined for me all possible outcomes of the issue and was careful to advise me that all decisions as to how to proceed would be mine. I found that the justice system does not treat everyone equally under the law, and that law enforcement officials are extremely short on scruples and integrity. Dave worked effectively under these constraints and achieved the best possible outcome for me - in short, I’m a free man. I would wholeheartedly recommend David Zellis to anyone needing legal representation along what most certainly has become a rather bumpy road through the courts.
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Posted by Darryk | March 4, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best lawyer I have ever had
Mr. Zellis represented me on a 2 separate cases for Driving while on dui suspension from 2016. The typical outcome of that is a mandatory 60 days jail sentence for each. I had just came home from state prison after being already incarcerated and had gotten my life together only to find out I may have to go back. Mr. Zellis met me at my home and diligently went over every detail and aspect of my life to present the best possible picture of how much I have changed to the court. When we got to court he was there before me waiting with a smile on his face. He, himself was able to convince the police officer who issued the citations that a 4 time convicted felon with a long history of drug addiction and poor decision making has made a change for the better and that he should drop the charges to a lesser ticket with no jail time. Needless to say the police officer reduced my charges on both infractions to Failure to Admin License which holds no points, no further suspension and was only a 150$ fine. Mr. Zellis was the best lawyer I have ever had and if I had only met him sooner maybe I would have never done the amount of time I had for previous crimes. He is an outstanding person, not just a lawyer. As a person he is incredible, than you add the intelligence and expertise with his determination to help those who need it the most, and you get this superhero of a lawyer. My Grandmother cried happy tears after this court hearing because it was the last hearing I ever have to attend because of the dedication Mr.Zellis put into my case. Truly the best lawyer I have ever had.
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Posted by anonymous | October 16, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Open & Honest & Really Caress
Mr. Zellis is absolutely a great attorney and one who care about his clients. He is not your typical 8-5 attorney. If he knows and feels that your case civil or criminal is worth fighting, you will get an honest answer with or hesitation. Your money is valuable and he won't take advantage of you and treat your case as if it's a family member of his he is fighting for. I was recommend by a close person to me that Mr. Zellis knows the law and is good at his job and I was able to see for myself. I will recommend him to anyone and if i ever need his services again, I will contact him.
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Posted by Anju | September 26, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Good Understanding, Knowledge and Patience
Understood our problem and Explained the legal plan very clearly. Was very honest in returning my deposit as the case settled before he started any instigation. Seemed to have a lot of experience.
Posted by Mike | June 11, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
David made it easy
David was honest, up front, knowledgeable and very easy to work with. I felt that he operated in my best interest at all times. I would be very comfortable recommending David.
Posted by Zach | May 28, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
David Zellis is a great lawyer
David Zellis makes every part of the judicial process a breeze. Very flexible and easy to work with. Fair with his pricing and excellent with preparation. If you need help, don’t hesitate to reach out to David.
Posted by Doug | March 21, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A Day Away From 7 Yrs In Jail!
When I was arrested and charged with several Felony and Misdemeanor Counts regarding alleged Falsifying of Documents Subject to A Firearms Transfer Application I was Dumfounded, Shocked, and Fearful! I knew in my Heart and Mind that I had not lied on the forms and that I was Innocent, however, The PA State Police had a different version of the story to tell and were all too happy to be Prosecuting me. After much research on my part about the nature of the charges and the seriousness of their repercussions from a criminal stand point I decided to exert the same energy in researching Criminal Defense Attorneys in Bucks County. I spoke to friends as well and one had mentioned David Zellis as a Reputable Attorney and "Great Guy". After speaking with a few on the phone I then made a call to Mr. Zellis who answered via his Cellular and asked me why I was calling. I explained to him that I was in a heap of trouble and very frightened. He was heading back to his office and invited me to meet him there straight away. I agreed and this decision turned out to be the best decision I have ever made in my life. From the moment he shook my hand in introduction Mr. Zellis put me at perfect peace and ease. His confidence in his ability to offer me the best possible defense to my matter(s) where only 2nd to his taking the time to see I was scared and experiencing high levels of anxiety which he as a Human Being not an Attorney addressed first. Then he listened to my story and our 1/2 hr consultation turned into an 1 hr 45 min meeting. He outlined a preliminary plan of defense verbally that he said we would later work on together throughout the time we spent together. I will never forget what he last said to me as I departed his office that day 11 months ago, "Doug, I can guarantee you this, you will not spend One Day in Jail". My process was drawn out time wise to to several continuances via both sides but through that time I got to meet Dave's right hand man, or should I say woman Linda, his Paralegal and other members of his dedicated staff. I watched my case file grow from one thin folder into a stack of documents, research, and legal papers over a foot and a half high off his desk. Their "Can-Do" attitude and willingness to go the extra mile on my behalf coupled with their sensitive nature and genuine empathy towards my plight as a Human Being continued to sooth my forebodings throughout the entire process. Dave represented me at My Preliminary Hearings, as well as, My Formal Arraignments both at The District Court and The Common Pleas Level with a Degree of Tact, Professionalism, and Fervor that way exceeded my expectations. Then that fateful day came here recently this March of 2019 when my trial commenced. There were three days of testimony which Mr. Zellis shouldered with the accuracy of a Franchise NFL Quarterback never missing an opportunity to expose holes in the Prosecutions Theory(s). He put on a Defense when it came time to present our side of the facts that amazed even me and I knew some but not all of what was coming. He and his dedicated Staff really did their due diligence in researching Case Law regarding the particulars of my situation and it played well with the Judge in the matter. And then, as quickly as the trial started, you could only imagine my utter shock and profound happiness when I heard the Judge state, as of matter of factly as he knew how, those five words every innocent Man/Woman defending themselves in a Criminal Matter wants to hear, "NOT GUILTY OF ALL CHARGES"! These people had saved my life, I shook in excitement and hugged this man thanking him for what he did for me. I was a free man! My world began to look livable again through their best efforts. This meant a lot to me as I was facing upwards of 7 yrs. in State Prison in the Aggravated Sentencing Range. I would recommend the Legal Services of The Law Offices of David William Zellis, Esq. to ANY Criminal Defendant Facing Charges! Thanks, Dave!
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Posted by Eric | January 21, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Top Notch attorney who is dedicated to your defense.
Dave is an excellent lawyer who did a great job representating me during my case. He really knows what he's doing inside of a courtroom. His professionalism and expertise really made me feel at ease during the whole process. I couldn't have asked for a better outcome in my case... all charges dropped!! He is also completely affordable and willing to work with you as far as a payment schedule for his services. Thanks again, Dave! I would have been lost without you!
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Posted by Cassandra | December 5, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very helpful and professional
David was very professional and responsive. He helped me understand and complete court requirements before my trial which ultimately helped my case tremendously. He was there whenever I had a question or needed him, which is rare for lawyers. He’s overall a compassionate, competent, hard working lawyer and I’m very grateful to have found him.
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Posted by Brett | October 29, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
One of the best in the area!
Dave has been excellent from the day I met him over 7 years ago. He has given me free consultation anytime I’ve needed him and has taken time out of his personal life to answer my questions. In the courtroom, he has exposed weaknesses from the DA’s trying to come down with harsh penalties that didn’t even apply to me. Personally, he has helped turned my life around from being a nuisance to being apart of a community and having a purpose in life. Dave isn’t a “take your money and run” type of lawyer. He really does care!
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Posted by Jared | October 26, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Lawyer in Bucks
David is as great a lawyer as he is person. He knows people both in the court system and especially helped me outside the court room with all the anxiety that comes with the process. I cant recommend him enough
Posted by Ron | October 20, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Plenty of Experience
His past in the Bucks County DAs office shows in the courtroom. He is very friendly and most of all he is easy to talk to/with. He never makes you feel like just another case on the assembly line.
Posted by Bill | October 19, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
"It feels like a freaking t-Rex is defending me"
Here is a text message from a young man who found himself with some pretty serious charges and I convinced him to fire his current attorney and hire David just the night beforehand;... "Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I feel like so much better with Dave helping me. It feels like a freaking t-Rex is defending me. I let you know how it goes. Also I show up and Dave is sitting in the corner and when I walk in the detectives come over to get me and Dave stands up and goes I'm representing M*** now and all the detectives were like uhhhhhh hold on and they all went back into a conference room to talk haha".... I think that says it all! Not to mention that I myself, would be sitting in jail rite now if it wasn't for David Zellis. He really has been my "ace in the hole" during some very troubled times in my life . I would (and have) recommend him to anyone who needs serious legal counsel.
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Posted by Mike | September 14, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
5 stars, not surprised
I wish I could give 10 stars! I was assaulted by my soon to be ex who scratched me to hell and pushed me down the stairs. I went for a restraining order against her and surprise surprise she said I hit her, and I was subsequently charged with assault and harassment. David cared, talked me off the ledge, didn't over promise, but set me at ease. I was adamant not to take a plea (they would drop assault and give probation on harassment). David didn't push me one way or the other, but was completely supportive in my decision for a trial. He was amazing at trial, setting up my ex in lie after lie, destroying her credibility, and getting evidence admitted after hours of arguments from the state not to allow it. "Not guilty" on all counts was the verdict. Regarding finances, David is quite reasonable, even generous. The state didn't show up to the preliminary hearing and the charges were initially dismissed. When the state re-filed the charges David did not charge me a penny for the second hearing...I understand you could argue that either way, I was pleased I didn't have to. David is a stand up guy and great attorney. If you're reading this and don't retain his services allow me to say "told you so" now!
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Posted by Mike | August 8, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Definition of professionalism and master of his craft.
I was referred to Dave by my uncle who is a police officer that worked with him for years about a DUI I was charged with. Dave took me through everything step by step and answered every question along the way. He never promised me the moon & stars, but he did deliver on everything he said he would do. I would hire Dave again without a doubt, but I don't plan on getting in trouble again. Once is enough for me. However I will recommend him to anyone.
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Posted by anonymous | May 22, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mr.
David did an amazing job in getting my moving violation waved. He exceeded my expectation by far.
Posted by Michele | April 20, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Impeccable
David Zellis was impeccable in managing my sons case. We came to Dave when we were dropped by another attorney who decided he couldn't handle it. Dave has proven he is highly qualified to handle the most difficult of cases. He is a true professional and very personable. I am very grateful we had Dave as our attorney in this time of intense crisis. I have such respect for him and felt confidence in his knowledge throughout the process. I can't speak enough of his professionalism. Highly recommend Zellis Law!
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Posted by anonymous | February 10, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Great guy
Helped my ass so much, and explained everything for me when I didn’t understand.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.6 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Founder
  • Zellis LAW
  • 2011 - Present
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Bucks County District Attorney's Office
  • 1985 - 2011

Education

  • Emory University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1985
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1982

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Commonwealth v. Mary Jane Fonder
  • Guilty of First Degree Murder

Associations

  • Federal Criminal Justice Act Panel
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Bucks County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • United States Supreme Court
  • Member
  • 1992 - Present
  • Georgia State Bar
  • Member
  • 1985 - Present
  • Pennsylvania Bar
  • Member
  • 1985 - Present
  • Bucks County Professional Network
  • Member
  • 2011 - 2022
  • Middletown Community Foundation
  • Memeber
  • 2011 - 2020
  • The Council of Southeast Pennsylvania, Inc.
  • Vice President
  • 1998 - 2022
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Appreciation for All the Work on Behalf of Victims
  • Network of Victim's Assistance
  • 2011

Publications

  • The Legal Intelligencer
  • Kane's Law License Temporaily Suspended by Pa. Supreme Court
  • 2015
  • The Legal Intelligencer
  • Wiretap Act Charges Against Lawyers a "Wake-Up Call'?
  • 2015
  • The Writs of the Bucks County Bar Association
  • How David Slew the Cookie Monster
  • 2015
  • The Legal Intelligencer
  • Pensions Seen as Bargaining Chip in High-Profile Cases
  • 2014
  • Guillford Press
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders in Adolescents and Adults
  • 2014
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Speaking Engagements

  • Paralegal Program
  • Criminal Minds --A Case Study
  • 2015
  • Luncheon
  • Law and Order from the Defense Perspective
  • 2015
  • Bucks County Community College
  • Law and Order Bucks Style
  • 2015

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (3)
Endorse David
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David possesses a tremendous amount of experience. You will find no better attorney. Contact him today about your case and he will not disappoint. He gets the results"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. David is the first lawyer to whom I refer criminal law matters. He is knowledgeable, experienced and has a great appearance in court."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I give one of my highest recommendations to criminal defense attorney, David Zellis. In the past year or so, I have spent some time getting to know David, both personally and professionally. He is the Bucks County authority on criminal law. He put his time in at the Bucks County District Attorneys Office for over 25 years learning the ropes and then participating in management while still litigating Bucks County's highest profile cases. David has now made a life change and has opened up a criminal defense practice here in Bucks County. There can't be a more qualified person for the job. Personally, David is a family man who cares for his clients. He is responsive, responsible, and truly cares about customer service. Good luck David in your new venture. Your ideals will bring you great success!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse David Zellis as one of the finest criminal attorneys I have worked with over the course of my career. David is a former First First Assistant District Attorney for Bucks County. In this position he successully handled many high profile cases. He presently opened his private criminal defense practice. I know that David cares passionately for his clients and will work very hard to obtain the best results for them."
Criminal defense
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Divorce and separation

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Langhorne Criminal defense Lawyer David William Zellis
David William Zellis
Criminal defense Attorney
Langhorne, PA
Licensed for 38 years
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