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Gray Ellis

Family Attorney at Durham, NC

4.6   11 reviews
  • Licensed for 21 years
    State NC
    Acquired 2002
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Gray Ellis
3200 Croasdaile Dr
Suite 601 & 603
Durham, NC, 27705
Gray Ellis
27 Hillsboro St
Pittsboro, NC, 27312
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4.6 / 5.0
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Posted by Sharon | October 21, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
One of the best decisions I've made in life
Mr. Ellis represented me in a very unusual and tense custody case. From the moment I walked into his office, I was treated with respect and consideration from the entire staff. There was not a single moment during the process of preparing for court or in court that I was not confident in our strategy or Mr. Ellis' capability to represent my interests. Mr. Ellis was also a consummate professional even in response those who were not. It was very apparent that he was well respected by both the judge and other attorneys. And the outcome was exactly what I'd hoped for. Considering Mr. Ellis is one of the best attorneys for custody and divorce matters in North Carolina, his fees are incredibly reasonable. The way his office handles and bills cases is precise, conscientious and designed to benefit the client. The only thing I wish I'd done differently is be a better listener. Do everything Gray tells you to do!
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Posted by Michael | September 29, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
child custody
In 2012 I hired Gray Ellis as my family lawyer in a child custody case. He was able to get me more time that I had originally agreed too. Throughout the case, Gray kept in contact with me. If I called and Gray wasn't able to answer me at that moment, contact was made within 2 hours during regular business hours. If it was after business hours, I was contacted within 3 to 4 hours. While all this is great, the thing that impressed upon me most was that Gray was more about giving me the best outcome for my money rather than the most money for the best outcome.
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Posted by anonymous | September 22, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A true rarity!
Over the course of my child custody and support legal battles, I have worked extensively with both Gray and Autumn. They are a true rarity in this profession. Ellis Family Law has always put my legal and financial interests above their own bottom line. If you have legal matters pending in family court in NC, there is no better choice than Gray and Autumn.
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Posted by anonymous | April 29, 2015
Outstanding!
Gray and his team are amazing. Gray is prompt, professional and extremely knowledgeable. If you are looking for the best divorce attorney don't hesitate to retain Gray.
Posted by Laura | December 9, 2014
Gray's the right stuff
When I could not trust my own decisions Gray was a confident advisor. He took the worry and the emotion out of my hands. He sweated the small stuff as he artfully parlayed the law, his instincts, and sized up his opposition. He deftly created the best case for the most positive outcome. He delivered.
Posted by Nav | December 9, 2014
Exceptionally Skilled
Gray is an exceptionally skilled attorney. Among the many things that makes Gray such an outstanding attorney is the attention to detail that is given to each individual. Gray takes an analytical approach and always has the client's best interests in her counsel. My personal experience with Gray has led to results that are above and beyond what was expected and continue to provide leverage. As a J.D. myself, I have referred many clients to Gray and in good conscience would not recommend anyone else when it comes to family law matters.
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Posted by ron | November 4, 2014
the team you want!
I felt very well supported by Gray and his team. Mine was a long process with many twists and turns and they kept me appraised of my options and their pros and cons in a very clear fashion. Their thoroughness was outstanding. I was lucky to have them recommended to me.
Posted by Audrey F. | October 27, 2014
Ellis Family Law was my "Wild Card"
As I reflect on the recent journey I experienced with Ellis Family Law my emotions run high. They truly were my “wild card”. The team understood the dilemma I face and provided everything but a cookie-cutter response/solution. The team gave me an overview of why they were different than the opposing team. I would go into the court room nervous and come out trusting and believing in the Ellis Family Law team’s abilities more and more. I must say Ellis Law has teeth indeed. Their work blessed me with more than I had asked for and left me and my former spouse with a peaceful resolution. Ellis family Law served me very well. I have NO DOUBT, they would serve you well too! You defiantly get what you pay for here and I would do it over and over again. ---Everyone deserves a wild card :) #EllisFamilyLaw=THEWILDCARD
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Posted by Charlene | April 7, 2014
Professional and Trustworthy
The attorneys actually found other cases to support my situation for the best possible outcome. With their "thinking outside the box" method I was able to get a better outcome for monthly child support and an agreement that the out of pocket expenses would be shared based on each party's percentage on the child support worksheet. (modification of child support) I wish I found this law firm in 2006 at the start of this child support process. Extremely professional group of staff. Thank you!!!!
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Posted by anonymous | March 8, 2014
Exceptional Family Law Attorney
I am so grateful for Attorney Ellis representing me during a very stressful custody matter. He is very attentive, strategic and thorough in his approach. He gives clear and honest expectations and is always prepared and focused in court. When observing his interactions with his peers in the courtroom, it is apparent that he is well respected and highly regarded. I sincerely believe I received exceptional representation and that Attorney Ellis never compromised the high level of commitment he had for my case.
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Posted by anonymous | June 3, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Poor communication
To start, let me say shame on me for not doing enough research to protect my family from getting taken advantage of. I thought that researching lawyers in the area, checking online reviews and following up with a call to speak with someone at this firm about my estate planning needs would have sufficed, but after the experience I had, I’ve learned that I need to educate myself (and others) much more about what to expect. I called their office to learn more about the firm's estate planning process, fees, etc. I spoke with William. He was very nice and informative (so I thought). He told me to set up an initial consultation for which there would be a charge ($150 for up to 30 minutes, $250 for 60 minutes). When I asked what the fees were for the creation of a will, POA, etc., he didn’t know specifically. I asked if the consultation fee would be rolled up into the cost of the estate planning. He didn’t know, but asked Tiffany. He came back and said yes, that’s often the case. My wife and I adjusted our work schedules and picked up our 10 month old daughter early from daycare to come to the consultation. It lasted no more than 20 minutes. Frankly, everything that was shared was stuff we could have read about online for free. During this chat, we learned that the firm charges a flat fee of $1,000/person for the will and two power of attorney documents. And that the $150 consultation fee doesn’t apply to flat fee scenarios. For us personally, the consultation didn’t add value for the price we paid. We didn’t have to have it in person. They could have easily shared those basics via the firm's website or we could have read about them elsewhere online. That would have saved us $150. All possible if the person that answers the phone is equipped to answer questions from potential clients about what they’re actually going to get out of the in-person consultation. In posting this review, my hope is that you're able to better educate yourself on the topic/process so that you can better spend your hard earned dollars.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Ellis Family Law, PLLC
  • 2008 - Present

Education

  • North Carolina Central University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2001
  • North Carolina State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • N/A

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Degn v. Degn
  • sole custody with support and unequal division of assets in my clients favor

Associations

  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • Durham County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Chair
  • 2014 - 2016
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Best Lawyer Honoree
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2021
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2021
  • Best Lawyer Honoree
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2020
  • Best Of Durham Honoree
  • Durham Magazine
  • 2019
  • Torch Award
  • Better Business Bureau - Eastern North Carolina
  • 2019
  • Best of Durham
  • Durham Magazine
  • 2018
  • Best of Durham
  • Durham Magazine
  • 2017
  • Best of Durham
  • Durham Magazine
  • 2016
  • Best Attorneys
  • Indy Weekly
  • 2015
  • Best Attorneys
  • Durham Magazine
  • 2015
  • Best Attorneys
  • Durham Magazine
  • 2014
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Star Search
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2010
  • Board Certified Specialist - Family Law
  • North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization
  • 2007
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Publications

  • North Carolina Bar Association publication
  • Child Support
  • 2011

Speaking Engagements

  • N.C. Board of Legal Specialist
  • Same Sex Divorce Issues
  • 2015
  • NBI CLE
  • Temporary Hearings
  • 2012
  • NBI CLE
  • Commencing Family Law Actions
  • 2011
  • Law Office Management
  • NCC School Of Law
  • 2009
  • Impacts of Divorce on Families
  • Unitarian Universalist Church
  • 2008
  • Self Help
  • Divorce Clinic
  • 2002
  • Clinic
  • Equitable Distribution
  • 2002
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Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (3)
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Unknown Attorney | May 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am impressed with Mr. Ellis's thoughtful advice and answers to legal questions on Avvo. He has an in-depth understanding of the law and an ability to communicate legal concepts clearly and effectively. I endorse this lawyer!"
Family Attorney | Apr 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Gray Ellis and his firm are highly professional and very capable handling any family law issues like divorce, alimony, custody and division of marital property. I have practice Family Law in Durham for thirty years and have had many cases where the opposing party has been represented by Gray and his firm. They are dedicated to the interests of their clients but seek to minimize aggravation and bitterness while reaching a fair solution. He and his lawyers are extremely capable in trial when settlement cannot be reached. This firm has an excellent reputation in the legal community and its clients speak well of their experiences with the attorneys and support personnel of Ellis Family Law."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Gray is a very knowledgeable and detailed family law attorney. He always stays up to date (if not ahead) of the latest trends, case law and research in the family law practice. I often call upon Gray for his advice and guidance when dealing with issues I may be uncertain of or am seeking confirmation about a certain issue I am dealing with. Without hesitation I have referred and will continue to refer cases to Gray and his firm."
Family Attorney | Jun 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Gray. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Jul 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer!! Attorney Gray Ellis is one of the most competent and efficient domestic attorneys in the Triangle Area. His firm is normally the first that I refer if I am unable to assist those in need. If I had a personal domestic matter, I would retain his services."
Family Attorney | Jun 27
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. I've referred several clients and friends to Mr. Ellis for his expertise, compassion, and persistent advocacy. Should I have need, Mr. Ellis is likely my first choice for a family law attorney."
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