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Richard V. Ellis

Divorce and separation Attorney at Sarasota, FL

4.4   17 reviews
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  • Licensed for 44 years
    State FL
    Acquired 1979
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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Born and raised in Sarasota, Florida, Richard Ellis graduated with honors from the University of Florida in 1976 and received his law degree from Loyola University New Orleans in 1979. Mr. Ellis has served on the City of Sarasota Planning Board, City of Sarasota Board of Adjustment, and currently serves as Special Magistrate for the City of Sarasota, a position he has held since 1999.

Mr. Ellis has filed in excess of 5,000 Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy cases over the past three decades and has handled hundreds of family law matters since beginning practice in 1979.

Mr. Ellis spends his free time with family, including a 2-year-old granddaughter to which he is devoted. He maintains an interest in current events, sports, and reading.


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Richard V. Ellis, P.A.


4.4 / 5.0
  17 customer reviews
Client's Choice 2017
Client's Choice
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Posted by Alejandro | August 9, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Positive Experience with Mr. Ellis’s Office for Bankruptcy Process
I hired Mr. Ellis’s office a year ago to initiate a bankruptcy process. He demonstrated a strong understanding of Chapter 7 and provided me with truly professional services. His office communicated with me at each step of the process and supported me throughout this challenging decision. I highly recommend him for this process.
Posted by Jeffrey | August 1, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
My wife and i had a long road to get our BK done because of our previous failed Business. The courts gave us a hard time, but Mr Ellis and his Legal Assistant Carey fought for us. We didn't have to pay the courts any EXTRA. It may take some time, but the outcome will be in your favor the right way. Very professional and by the book.
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Posted by anonymous | August 26, 2017
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Great attorny and staff
Mr. Ellis explained very clear what options I had so I could make an educated decision. Carey was very helpful throughout the process and always responded to our questions promptly.
Posted by Ed | May 14, 2017
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There When I Needed Him
Richard Ellis handled my long and difficult divorce. I had a lawyer who seemed confused by my case. I switched and Richard's expertise and experience gave me confidence and eased my anxiety. He responded to all of my questions with knowledge that came from his decades of practicing Sarasota. Richard was also there for me when I had a car accident. It so happened that the crash occurred at 32nd Street and US41, very close to his office. While I'm nervously talking to the police here comes Richard Ellis across the street to help me. My attorney on the spot.
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Posted by Robert | April 24, 2017
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Highly recommended
Richard Ellis not only handled my case wifth consummate professionalism but his advice to switch my Banckruptcy petition was the element that brought it to a successful resolution. I recommend him highly.
Posted by Erin | April 21, 2017
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Amazing help during a crisis.
Mr. Ellis, Carey, and Dawn helped me through a very scary and difficult time. They were always available to answer questions and just plain support. This office is compassionate and kind, I was never made to feel uncomfortable with the process. I would highly recommend Mr. Ellis and staff if you need help!!
Posted by anonymous | April 19, 2017
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Such a pleasant experience
Such a helpful, experienced, down to earth attorney to work with. He was always there to help answer my questions and assist me along the way. I could count on him at anytime. I would highly recommend this attorney.
Posted by anonymous | January 24, 2017
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Thank You
Courteously processed and manage our case.
Posted by Karen | June 2, 2015
I would highly recommend Mr. Ellis and I would certainly use him again if needed
After meeting with several other attorneys, Mr. Ellis was my choice to handle what could have been a very nasty case. From the beginning he handled all my issues and concerns with professionalism, courtesy and a caring manner. He and his wonderful staff put my mind at ease and handled my case beyond my expectations. I would strongly recommend Mr. Ellis and if I ever need legal representation again in the future, he's the only one I'll be calling! Thank you, Mr. Ellis
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Posted by anonymous | November 4, 2013
Highly recommended
Being completely discouraged by several attorneys I visited seeking advice, representation and a plan to overcome the extreme hardship I experienced , I finally met Mr. Ellis. He has spent a generous amount of time reviewing my situation and the ton of documents I presented, and after considering all my options, gave me his recommendation, and agreed to represent me. What a relief that was! From the first moment on, he handled my case with the utmost confidence, knowledge, expertise and professionalism. His responsiveness during our proceedings was outstanding. My case, that several other attorneys declined to take on, ended with the most favorable outcome, for which I will always be thankful.
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Posted by Mark | October 15, 2013
Extrememly knowledgable and professional
I would highly recommend Richard V Ellis. I was hit hard by the financial downturn in 2008 and it was financially devastating. Richard handle my personal bankruptcy in excess of $50,000,000.00. He did so in a superb, professional and caring manor. It was one year from the time my bankruptcy was filed until my discharge and he handle each meeting, crisis, and need in more than a professional way but in a way that showed he cared. I know that I was directed to him my a higher power and words can not express how I feel about his handling of my case and helping me navigate through the most challenging financial crisis of my life. He gave me the courage to realize this was only a detour along the journey.
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Posted by Tim | October 12, 2013
Very Good Result
Mr. Ellis handled my bankruptcy and I thought it would just be routine, but nothing about a bankruptcy is routine. I was actually able to talk with Mr. Ellis when I had questions, and his office staff was very nice and professional. Mr. Ellis took the time to negotiate specific items including my mortgage issue directly with the bank, which resulted in me ultimately getting to keep my home and even have some reduced payment. I don't know how he did it all, but I am pleased with the results.
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Posted by Roger | October 12, 2013
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I would highly recommend Richard V. Ellis and his firm. I found Mr. Ellis to be very informative and communicative. Additionally he was uplifting and certainly not condescending. He sincerely offered a clear presentation of all the available alternatives and made a concerted ongoing effort to insure that all of my needs were met and taken care of. His fees were extremely fair and he often went well beyond the necessary to assist and represent me in my case, as well as explain varied strategies that could be employed in my case as well as the possible outcomes. I found him to be an extremely good attorney in his practice, but more importantly, a human being who felt true concern for his clients and their well being. He is without a doubt, an excellent attorney.
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Posted by Betsy | January 15, 2021
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Excellent with a caveat
My bankruptcy case was handled very professionally and pleasantly. It was expedited efficiently with one exception: at the last minute, a few days before my "court" hearing there was paperwork and documentation I needed to scramble to put together--things that, in my humble opinion, should have been requested along with all the other documentation weeks earlier. Other than that, Richard and his son, Brian, treated me courteously, knowledgeably, and professionally and the case was resolved satisfactorily.
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Posted by anonymous | January 5, 2017
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I would recomend Richard Eliis for Bankruptcy Proceedings
I retained Richard Eliis for Bankruptcy Proceedings. He was thorough in explaining the Bankruptcy process, his fees and even the breakdown of the fees. I had no issues and am satisfied.
Posted by anonymous | March 22, 2015
A "ghost"
Worst lawyer I have ever dealt with. Neither he nor his staff answers or returns phone calls for months on end. Be prepared to shuffle back and forth to his office to obtain any written information, as he will not spring for a stamp. Do not leave any important documents with him, as he lost mine. Mr. Ellis has very limited knowledge of bankruptcy laws. Once he takes your money, you will never hear from him again. Do not have any expectation that he will represent you in court. I had a "stranger" to represent me, who knew nothing about my case and showed up late.
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Posted by Philip | February 13, 2015
Beware of this attorney
In 2011 Ellis represented me in a bankruptcy case without incident. Even though he, himself was absent from the courtroom the case was resolved favorably. Two years later I retained him to represent me when foreclosure proceedings were filed against me. I was able to work with the bank and together we modified my loan, thereby closing my foreclosure case before much of anything happened. Ellis filed one motion in the entire case before it was resolved. I contacted him asking for a detail account of the expenses he incurred on my behalf and a partial refund of my retainer which was not used. I have been leaving voice mails, emails, and sending letters for over 6 months now, and he hasn't had the decency to respond even once. Not even enough consideration to explain to me what charges he incurred or to explain why he is not refunding any of my retainer. His refusal to respond indicates his guilt, for if he is in the right, an explanation or return call is a reasonable request.
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AVVO RATING 8.2 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Magistrate
  • City of Sarasota
  • 1998 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Richard V. Ellis
  • 1979 - Present


  • Loyola University New Orleans College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1979
  • University of Florida
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1976
  • Sarasota High School
  • 1972


  • Tampa Bay Bankruptcy Bar Association
  • 2000 - Present
  • Sarasota County Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 1980 - Present
  • Sarasota County Bar Association, Grievance Committee
  • 2004 - 2007
  • Sarasota City Planning Board
  • 1985 - 1994
  • Sarasota City Board of Adjustment
  • 1981 - 1982
  • City Of Sarasota
  • Sarasota City Mobile Home Park Advisory Board
  • 1980 - 1981
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Client Champion Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2022
  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2022
  • Client Champion Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2021
  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2021
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Bachelor of Arts with honors
  • University of Florida
  • 1976
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Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | Jan 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Rick is an extremely knowledgeable lawyer with an excellent reputation for helping his clients through difficult times. I highly recommend Rick to anyone facing bankruptcy or divorce."
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Sarasota Divorce and separation Lawyer Richard V. Ellis
Richard V. Ellis
Divorce and separation Attorney
Sarasota, FL
Licensed for 44 years
Free Consultation
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