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Samantha Valentine Ellis

Divorce and separation Attorney at Jacksonville, FL

4.7   12 reviews
  • Licensed for 15 years
    State FL
    Acquired 2008
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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

About Samantha

Learn Samantha’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation

    11 years, 250 cases

  2. Criminal defense

    15 years, 1,500 cases

  3. DUI and DWI

    15 years, 600 cases

Samantha Valentine Ellis graduated from Florida Coastal School of Law in 2007.  Ms. Ellis continued to gain valuable legal experience as an associate with a reputable, family law attorney in Duval County.  A year later, Ms. Ellis was offered an opportunity to serve the community as an Assistant State Attorney for the Fourth Judicial Curcuit.  In her work as a prosecutor she handled numerous felony and misdemeanor trials including, attempted murder, aggravated battery, sexual battery, burglary, armed robbery, domestic battery and DUI.



Ellis & Bryant, P.A.
205 N Washington St
Jacksonville, FL, 32202-2808

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Posted by anonymous | November 17, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I highly recommend Samantha Valentine Ellis. She is extremely professional and knowledgable of the law. She goes the extra mile to make sure you are taken care of. She is quick to respond and truly cares about her clients. My issues was resolved quickly and I am grateful to have found her.
Posted by anonymous | June 27, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thank you!
I was so pleased with the way Samantha handled my case. She went above and beyond to help me reunite with my child. She even called us on her days off to deliver important news. I definitely recommend her services. She’s very professional, knowledgeable and attentive. Thank you Samantha for everything!
Posted by Ben | March 22, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I had incurred several traffic violations that caused me to lose my license and potentially face prison time. I simply hoped Samantha and her firm could keep me out of jail or worse. They did more than that they were able to even get me my license back. Class, pure class. Up there with the best of them.
Posted by Sheri | May 29, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Experience
I write this review after hiring Ellis and Bryant to represent my son in a legal matter. Samantha Ellis is the attorney that represented my son. Samantha did an amazing job in my son's representation. Not only did we get a favorable and positive outcome for my son, the entire experience was positive. Samantha was always available to talk with me about the case. She explained exactly what was happening and helped me to understand the law relating to my son's case. I always felt comfortable calling her, asking questions, or just to calm my nerves. She was, by far, the best attorney I've worked with. In addition, her partner, T.J. was also always available to answer questions if Samantha happened to be in court or away from the office. I am so glad that I hired this firm to represent my son in such an important case. Again, the outcome of the case was better than we thought it would've been. Both Samantha and T.J. worked tirelessly for a positive outcome. Samantha was by and far the best attorney I've ever worked with. If you need legal services, this is the team to go with. I'm so appreciative for their hard work and efforts.
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Posted by Cora McLeod | October 22, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Lawyer!
Samantha Ellis is a great Lawyer. I hired her to help resolve and she that and more! My dad was facing a lot of prison time for something he DID NOT do and she worked her magic to get his charge reduce and now my dad is a free man. Samantha and her partner are very trust worthy and will be able to give 110% towards her cases for the best interest of her clients. I am so grateful and blessed to have came cross her!
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Posted by anonymous | September 21, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Ms Ellis took advantage of every detail and applicable law in the handling of a very contentious child custody case. Both she and Mr. Bryant were courteous and prompt in all of our correspondence. She communicated effectively with opposing counsel to facilitate a fair and equitable outcome. Highly recommend!
Posted by Lorraine | July 6, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent service
Mrs. Ellis was very honest with us about what to expect regarding the outcome of our case. Her and her staff were friendly and courteous. She took the time to listen to our concerns and advise us accordingly. She fought for us until the case was done and after the case was complete followed with us. She is one of the few attorneys I have encountered who really care.
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Posted by Brian | April 12, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very insightful backed with experience and integrity.
My first contact with the Law office of Ellis and Bryant was via phone. I called and was greeted by Ms. Ellis, right off the bat that was a great first impression. I explained my circumstance to her and after listening she invited me to the office for a better understanding of my situation and what I was looking for. Once I arrived at the office I was greeted by both Ms. Ellis and Mr. Bryant. After listening to my concerns they both explained to me the different avenues that could be taken and some possible scenarios that could play out. After leaving the office I knew I had made the right choice choosing Elli and Bryant their honest and in-depth knowledge gave me a new perspective about my circumstance. Not only were they looking out for me but also my family and things that could play out in the future. On my ride home I received a phone call from Ms. Ellis letting me know if I had any further questions or concerns to feel free to call either one of them any time. The honesty and knowledge of these two individuals helped me tremendously, I’m happy with the choice I made and if ever a problem arises in the future I can guarantee I will be contacting them again for help. Thank you both very much Brain
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Posted by Richard | February 5, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Service Deserves Great Review
It is rare that I write a review online but the service provided by Ellis and Bryant merit my time...We recently had a employee violate her contractual agreement with us and was beginning to do damage to our business. We had a non compete in place and needed some back bone to enforce that contract. I contacted Ellis and Bryant based on a referral. Samantha Ellis answered the phone on a late Thursday night to my surprise. I needed something enforced immediately and was in sort of a frenzy. Mrs Ellis calmed me down and instructed me to send her the non compete contract and said she would look it over and based on her legal opinion have a cease and desist letter by morning time emailed to me for approval if our contract was enforceable. I woke up the next morning and checked my email and there it was. I read over the "cease and desist" letter and immediately knew that Mrs. Ellis knew exactly what she was doing. Within a week of ex-employee receiving her letter via certified mail she wrote a letter of compliance to Ellis and Bryant. This is why I took time to write a review...Mrs. Ellis went above and beyond by reacting so quickly and it deserves this review!!!
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Posted by anonymous | July 12, 2015
An Attorney who you can trust and believe will fight for your best possible outcome.
Mrs. Samantha Valentine Ellis helped to guide me through one of the most difficult times in my life. My charges had a direct impact on my personal and emotional well being as well as my professional livelihood. Her professionalism, incredible knowledge of law and her compassion towards her clients is priceless. Mrs. Ellis was very open to addressing my case and taking me on as a client. She is a great listener and communicator, she was quick to analyze my case, research specific laws and client rights to ensure the best possible outcome. During the entire process I felt safe and secure that my most important matter was just as important to her. She along with her firm, The Law Offices of Ellis and Bryant, P.A. worked very diligently to ensure that my rights were met and decision deliberated by the court was the appropriate and fair judicial action in regards to my case. Words can not express my gratitude and thankfulness in having Samantha Valentine Ellis, P.A. represent me through that difficult time.
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Posted by Michaela | July 8, 2015
Criminal Defense Attorney
,If you are in need of a great Criminal Defense Attorney then this is the lawyer for you! Mrs Ellis has tons of experience and even use to be a prosecutor for the State of Florida. She has a great personality, keeps you updated regarding all information, is honest and starts out the door running. Actually I had called to set up an appointment to see if she would accept me as a client and when I appeared for my first appointment she had already researched my case! Boy was I surprised that she had the documents dealing with my arrest and charges in hand . All this before I had even hired her! I had never been in trouble and was arrested on a Class 2 Felony, which I had no idea could lead to jail time. In 3 weeks all charges were dropped and my life was my own again. She was marvelous and kept to her word! I will forever be indebted to this law firm and proudly endorse her. My only complaint was the fee, but you do get what you pay for and I served no jail time and no charges were ever filed against me and that is "priceless"!
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Posted by Dan | March 17, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Horrible Experience, Stay Away!
I had to fire Samantha Ellis and Gary Bryant soon after hiring them because I felt they were mishandling my case, lacking in communication and competence, not doing what was discussed, not providing me with billing statements, and taking too long to get anything done. They also kept my entire retainer fee, and never provided me with any billing statements even after I fired them. I regret ever having anything to do with them, and feel like I was robbed after dealing with them. Stay away! Update: See Google and Facebook for the full uncensored review. These lawyers keep trying to censor the review on this site.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 250-350 per hour
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.2 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Ellis and Bryant, PA
  • 2015 - Present
  • Assistant State Attorney
  • Fourth Judicial Circuit State Attorney's Office
  • 2008 - 2015
  • Associate Attorney
  • Owenby Law, LLC
  • 2007 - 2008
  • Certified Legal Intern
  • Family Law Clinic
  • 2006 - 2007
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  • Florida Coastal School of Law
  • J.D.
  • 2007
  • Stetson University
  • B.A.
  • N/A

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Domestic Battery Case Dropped
  • New Charge Dropped


  • Jacksonville Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Clay County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • German
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Pro Bono Honors
  • Florida Coastal School of Law
  • 2007

Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (4)
Endorse Samantha
Criminal defense Attorney | May 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Ellis is a trial lawyer of the highest quality and I endorse her."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 01
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 27
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"During my tenure as as Assistant Public Defender in Clay County, Ms. Ellis was an Assistant State Attorney. We worked together on a daily basis on hundreds of cases. Ms. Ellis was very responsive to my requests for meetings and sincerely listened to mitigating circumstances for defendants. Not only is she knowledgeable of the law, Ms. Ellis is also reliable and considerate."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I strongly recommend Samantha Ellis. She is very detail oriented and delivers results for her clients. Her professionalism and clear knowledge of the law have allowed her to be consistently successful. You are in good hands with this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I worked with Samantha Ellis at the State Attorney's Office for over five years and tried dozens of jury trials both felonies and misdemeanors with her. She is definitively the most prepared, hardest working and dedicated attorney I have ever worked with. No one will fight harder for you!"
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Jacksonville Divorce and separation Lawyer Samantha Valentine Ellis
Samantha Valentine Ellis
Divorce and separation Attorney
Jacksonville, FL
Licensed for 15 years