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Leroy Johnston Ellis IV

Real estate Attorney at Old Hickory, TN

4.2   5 reviews

also known as Johnny Ellis, Leroy Johnny Ellis

  • Licensed for 26 years
    State TN
    Acquired 1997
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Leroy

Learn Leroy’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Real estate
    This is my primary field of practice. Any and all real estate matters considered

    27 years

  2. Probate
    Wills, Trusts and Estates.

    27 years

  3. Contracts and agreements
    All manner of Small Business relationships, Incorporations, LLC's, & Partnerships.

    27 years

  4. Appeals
    I will handle Appeals related to the other fields of practice identified in this listing of my practice areas.

    16 years

General Civil practice. Real Estate, Probate, Business formation and asset protection, will also handle Appeals that are within my primary fields of practice.

Practicing since 1997.  5th generation attorney practicing in Nashville Middle TN. area. 

Previous work experience as a Loan Officer for United Lending Corp. in Baton Rouge, LA. (1988-1993);  Owner/Operator of HomeOwner's Title & Escrow 1996-2005. 

Reported Case:  Bryant v. Bryant, 522 S.W.3d 392 (Tenn. 2017).

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Great Grandfather George J. Stubblefield. U.S. Attorney General, 1866- 1868

Contact Leroy

Johnny Ellis Attorney, P.C.
3844 Old Hickory Blvd
Old Hickory, TN, 37138


4.2 / 5.0
  5 customer reviews
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Posted by Bart | May 3, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Strategic expert that got me a result
I’ve used Johnny for planning my estate and, most recently, successfully getting thousands in damages from a bad tenant. He is a first-class attorney that cares very deeply about getting you the best outcome possible. He comes from a long line of Nashville lawyers and holds a superb strategic mindset.
Posted by Dave | October 28, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
A Very Competent Attorney
We recently had occasion to consult with Johnny Ellis concerning Tennessee property law. Mr, Ellis was very professional and answered all of our questions. We left his office feeling very satisfied with the information that he provided and the manner in which we were treated.
Posted by S. Thomas | December 21, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Probated father's estate
Mr. Ellis recently closed my father's estate, and I am pleased to state that he did so professionally and timely. Every aspect of closing an estate that involved family conflict was handled with dignity and respect. Mr. Ellis answered my questions and returned my calls promptly, which was reassuring during this difficult time. Obviously the negative review written about Mr. Ellis was written by someone who did not understand probate law in the state of Tn.
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Posted by anonymous | December 19, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
performance as executor
I want to thank Mr Ellis for his outstanding work in driving a timely, professional, and fair processing of my family's estate after the death of our parent. Johnny was responsive to all our requests and concerns and took extra time with us to ensure that we were comfortable with the process and how he was going through it. I would highly recommend him for anyone that needs help with wills and probates and I thank him for his help during this difficult time for me and my family. Thanks're a real professional.
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Posted by anonymous | December 18, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Estate Probate
DO NOT hire this man to handle your probate case. It is our opinion that he is the most unethical and immoral attorney out there. It took him well over a year to get everything done and it was one lie after another when we could get him on the phone. He told us the value of the estate when we first picked up the copy of the will and according to what he told us and what was in the account to disburse it looks as though there is about $200,000 missing! He was not only the attorney for the estate but also the Executor of the will. THIS IS A BIG PROBLEM!!! He also added the clause in the will that waives any bond of the Executor and further waives the requirement of filing and inventory or making any accounting to the court. This means he doesn't have to give a full accounting or inventory of the estate. We don't really know how much was in the estate and what happened to it all. AND his wife was the witness to the signing of the will. He gave away personal property of the deceased before offering it to all heirs listed. Every time we spoke to him the story changed and he NEVER followed through on what he said were his intentions throughout the entire process. I guess attorneys get away with things like this everyday but I hope this will keep someone else from having to deal with such an incompetent and negligent attorney.
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Response from Leroy Ellis December 20, 2018
NOTICE: This comment was filed by someone who was "consulted" NOT a CLIENT. I'm very sorry you feel that I did not handle your father's Estate properly. When he wrote the Will he was competent and he named me Executor because of family conflicts which, I think you will agree, are significant. I did this out of respect for your father. You had the right to Object to my appointment as Executor, or your attorney could have objected, but you did not object at any time over the entire course of the 11 months of administration. While I was Executor, anyone who wanted access to full and complete bank records, and records for the Expenses of Estate Administration need only ask. I would have been happy to provide them to your attorney, and I will be happy to provide them today. You will find that every penny is accounted for and I did not take any fees during the year we spent in administering the Estate. I preserved the assets that existed at the time of death. As you know your father's accounts had been raided prior to his death and that was resolved by written agreement that you signed. What was given to Goodwill or otherwise I was instructed to waive claim to by you and your sisters. There were no other heirs to distribute to. As for my wife being a witness, this is not unethical or irregular considering size of our community and availability of witnesses. It took 11 months to complete the administration, Opened Jan. 2018 Distributed in December 2018. Many attorneys do not close an estate until after the 12th month because the Statute of Limitations in Tennessee is one (1) year from the date of death. This is prudent practice. I admit that I need another employee just to answer and reply to phone calls. I accept this critical comment as valid and will work to do better with future clients. I would remind you that attorneys are forbidden from communicating with someone represented by counsel unless their attorney is present. If you made a call directly to me, while represented by counsel, I will NOT return it. Because the Estate is closed, If you would like to discuss your concerns, I will be happy to respond in greater detail over the phone or via e-mail.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 250-300 per hour
  • Contingency 25%-33%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 7.0 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Chief Manager
  • HomeOwner's Title & Escrow, llc
  • 1997 - 2005


  • University of Tennessee, Knoxville (main)
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • N/A
  • Nashville School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • N/A

Legal Cases

  • Darryl Bryant, Sr. vs. Darryl Bryant, Jr.
  • The decision was Favorable to Mr. Ellis' client and was published by the Tennessee Supreme Ct on April 19, 2017.
  • Amos, et al. vs. Taylor, et al.
  • Secured client's right to percentage of sale proceeds
  • Cinco de Mayo vs. Cinco De Mayo #5
  • Permanent Restraining Order against use of Trademark and name.
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  • Old Hickory Chamber of Commerce
  • Past President
  • 1998 - 2000

Languages Spoken

  • Arabic
  • German
  • Spanish

Speaking Engagements

  • Fixing Title Problems
  • Missing Grantor in Title, Easement Issues
  • 2019

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