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John Naif Ellem

Lemon law Attorney at Parkersburg, WV

5.0   6 reviews
  • State Years
    Ohio - OH 29 years
    West Virginia - WV 31 years
  • Licensed for 29 years
    State OH
    Acquired 1994
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 31 years
    State WV
    Acquired 1992
    Active No misconduct found

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

About John

Learn John’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Lemon law
    I have handled lemon law claims against most major manufacturers in both WV and Ohio. My cases have included not only cars and trucks but also RV’s and farm tractors.

    28 years

  2. Consumer protection
    I handle a considerable amount of consumer issues including debt harassment, predatory mortgages, and credit report errors.

  3. Bankruptcy and debt
    I handle chapter 7 bankruptcy cases.

    25 years

  4. Personal injury
    Including Auto accidents, defective products and pharmaceutical cases.

    31 years

I have practiced law for nearly 28 years in both WV and Ohio.  More than 60% 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 (we are a debt relief agency and help people file for relief under the bankruptcy code).  My website is and my blog is .   

I previously served 14 years (2001-2014) as a member of the West Virginia House of Delegates representing the 10th District. During my career in the Legislature, I served as Minority Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee and also served on the Constitutional Revisions and Natural Resources Committees. I was a member of the Legislature’s Joint Commission on Special Investigations and served on the House Committee on Redistricting. Prior to becoming a legislator, I served as a member of the WV Ethics Commission charged with administration and enforcement of the WV Ethics Act.

I am a member of the West Virginia and Ohio State Bar, the West Virginia Association for Justice,  the National Association of Consumer Advocates and the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys. I currently serve as Vice-President of Human Rights for Kids and Vice-President of Project Yoga MOV, Inc.

Along with his wife Sherry and daughter Sara, I enjoy skiing, hiking and fly-fishing. I enjoy an active yoga practice and am a registered yoga teacher (RYT) through Yoga Alliance. I currently teach yoga at the Parkersburg Correctional Center in Parkersburg, WV and as a sub at various locations in the area and in Snowshoe, WV.

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Contact John

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


5.0 / 5.0
  6 customer reviews
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Posted by Mark | October 27, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Automobile buyback
Very happy with service provided, highly recommend, very responsive to all needs and questions
Posted by Charles | July 19, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
My experience with Ellem Law office.
Mr. Ellem is a very good lawyer who represented my case in a very professional manner. He was honest and he get's things done. I recommend him to anyone!!!
Response from John Ellem August 16, 2017
Thank you for the nice review. I enjoyed working with you!
Posted by anonymous | December 27, 2014
Thanks for all the work you put into my case. I will be recommending you to anyone that has similar problems in the future.
Posted by scott | July 28, 2014
Review of Attorney. John Ellem's excellent representation of discriminatory case
Mr. Ellem was very courteous and professional in assisting me with my legal issues. He made me feel comfortable, was always responsive to my calls and emails, and followed-through with everything he said he would. I recommend Mr. Ellem to all my friends and family, or to anybody in need of excellent representation.
Posted by Shelley | June 28, 2014
Mortgage loan modification/ Foreclosure
Attorney John Ellem and his staff were very professional and helpful during a very trying time in my life. Mr. Ellem worked extremely hard to ensure that I was able to remain in my home, avoid foreclosure, and secure a loan modification for me. Mr. Ellem knows the mortgage laws and is definitely the attorney you want on your side in a situation like this.
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Posted by Marsha | March 26, 2010
Great Lawyer highly recommended
Mr. Ellem was a great lawyer, from our first meeting to the end. He kept me informed even sent me email when i sent him emails asking question. His office employees were real friendly and helpful. He settled my law suit without having to go to court. We settled out of court and i was real pleased with the outcome of my case. How many lawyers do you know that would answer questions about a case by email, and phone calls. He was always easy to get in contact with by phone and emails even after office hours. I had questions i needed answered about another possible case and he was always there to answer my questions about it also. Not many lawyers would do that.Even after my case was over i emailed him about concerns about this possible other case and he still emailed me with answers to questions i had. In the beginning of my case was in magistrate court and the case was thrown out of court there., Then i filed Law suit in Circuit Court and Mr, Ellem won my case with a good settlement in my favor in the end without having to go to court before the judge. The Company was glad to settle out of court. I was highly pleased from the beginning to end of my case. I was more than pleased with the fees i paid for my case was really reasonable cheaper than i could have been charged by other lawyers in my area. My case was settled quickly so glad it wasn't drawn out over a long period of time. Which could have taken a lot longer to settle. *I would highly recommend Mr. Ellem to anyone. I personally think he did a fantastic job settling my case,
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Contingency 25%-40%
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check


AVVO RATING 9.5 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Ellem Law Office
  • 2000 - Present
  • Delegate
  • WV House of Delegates
  • 2001 - 2014
  • Associate
  • Goodwin & Goodwin, LLP
  • 1992 - 2000


  • West Virginia University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1992
  • Wheeling Jesuit University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1989

Legal Cases

  • State v. Doonan: 640 S.E.2d 71 (2006)
  • Reversed and Remanded for new trial


  • National Association of Consumer Advocates
  • WV State Chair
  • 2014 - Present
  • National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
  • member
  • 2011 - Present
  • West Virginia Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • National Association of Consumer Advocates
  • Member
  • 2006 - 2015
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Notable
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • CV Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Legislator of the year
  • Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth
  • 2014
  • Outstanding Legislative Service Award
  • WVAJ
  • 2008
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Speaking Engagements

  • Arab American Institute Leadership Summit
  • Past and Present Arab American Elected Officials
  • 2014
  • Annual Convening
  • Passing Good Juvenile Sentencing Reform Legislation Post-Graham and Miller
  • 2014
  • Webinar
  • How to Communicate Effectively With Your Elected Representative
  • 2012
  • Arc of Wood County Workshop
  • Guardianship and Conservatorship Law (as applicable to those with developmental disabilities)
  • 1997
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Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (12)
Endorse John
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Aug 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. It is important to have someone who really knows the law on your side. John Ellem is respected."
Consumer protection Attorney | Sep 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"If you want to know how good a lawyer is, take a look at how long they have been in practice, read some of their Avvo answers to consumer questions, read what their clients and other lawyers have said about them in their reviews, look for awards and recognition and particularly their professional associations and speaking engagements. And when you do all that, you will see what I already know from experience with him, John is very likely the best in the state when it comes to consumer protection law and bankruptcy law. He knows the legal system and how to handle a courtroom. If you need help, he's the one I recommend in West Virginia. Period."
General practice Attorney | Jan 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Great reputation."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Ellem is a leader in his field. I highly recommend this lawyer to anybody needing representation in West Virginia."
Lemon law Attorney | Apr 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Very diligent and committed to providing excellent representation"
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Very experienced lawyer."
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Parkersburg Lemon law Lawyer John Naif Ellem
John Naif Ellem
Lemon law Attorney
Parkersburg, WV
Licensed for 31 years
Free Consultation