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Melissa Lynne Ellis

Tax Attorney at San Antonio, TX

5.0   7 reviews

also known as Melissa Ellis

  • Licensed for 25 years
    State TX
    Acquired 1998
    Eligible to Practice in Texas No misconduct found

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

About Melissa

Learn Melissa’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Tax
    My practice is focused on federal tax litigation and resolving all tax disputes both administratively via IRS collections and appeals and in US Tax Court. I am also licensed in the US Court of Federal Claims. I have handled approximately 320 cases since 2006 when I started my own practice. Prior to that I worked on hundreds of tax cases at a law firm in Dallas

    25 years, 320 cases

  2. Litigation
    I have handled many civil litigation cases primarily in state district and county courts, including DTPA, breach of contract, and tort cases.

    25 years, 20 cases

My practice is focused on federal tax litigation.  I help clients resolve all kinds of disputes with the IRS, including audits, proposed deficiencies, penalty abatement, refund claims, unfiled returns, employment tax and trust fund disputes, and collection issues.  I have been representing clients before the IRS since 1999 and I know the way the IRS works and how to best approach a problem to get it resolved quickly and efficiently.   


Melissa L Ellis P.C.
70 NE Loop 410 Ste 725
San Antonio, TX, 78216-8415

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Posted by Margo | October 30, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
IRS issue
An issue related to the IRS/Federal taxes came up late in the game of our selling a house. We needed competent and quick help so the sale could move forward. We found Melissa Ellis and she was able to work with us, the IRS, and the home title company and buyer to resolve the problem quickly and allowed the sale to go through with little delay. I would highly recommend Melissa for all tax related legal work needed. She is knowledgable, practical, and very easy to work with. She is also very responsive to client queries.
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Posted by MARTIN TAMEZ | August 12, 2019
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Miss Ellis is a person who really cares about the legal situations of her clients. He has a very developed sense of responsibility, an excellent academic preparation, is very analytical in preparing the necessary strategy for each legal situation for each of his clients, because he knows perfectly the processes adopted by the IRS. It also has an exceptional character that no matter how serious your problem is, she makes you feel very good. She is a true professional in what she does for what gives you security in representing you in any situation with the IRS
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Posted by Kathy | March 1, 2017
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Melissa Ellis - the best tax attorney!
Melissa Ellis has been a life-saver for me and my family. My husband passed away in 2014 after a 10 month battle with pancreatic cancer. Prior to his death, he had been working with Melissa on back taxes owed for his business. As you can imagine, I was basically lost after my husband's passing. Melissa took control of my tax issue and worked extensively with the IRS. She was extremely successful in getting my tax debt reduced to an amount that I could manage to pay. Melissa is the most helpful and sincere person to work with. I cannot thank her enough for helping me.
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Posted by Tammie | February 27, 2017
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Excellent Attorney
Our company hired her to fight the Texas Workforce Commission. They had tried to say that our subcontractors were employees. Needless to say after she presented the case the review board reversed the TWC decision. She is an excellent attorney, worked very diligently and won the case for us.
Posted by Kathleen | February 27, 2017
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Finest tax attorney in San Antonio!
Ms. Ellis settled a long time dispute we were having with the IRS. She kept in touch every step of the way. She negotiated a $24,000 IRS debt down to $250! I think that fact alone is an accurate evaluation of her ability to help with any tax problem.
Posted by anonymous | December 18, 2015
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The Best Attorney I have Ever Used!
The BEST Attorney I have ever used. I have engaged over 10 other attorneys in course of business, from litigation, contract, and personal legal services. A previous business owner I built a medium sized company with millions in payroll tax liabilities. My company collapsed, I was then bankrupt, had no means to pay the IRS liabilities. Bankruptcy would not clear this liability. Payroll tax trust fund liabilities are not forgivable. The IRS was relentless, wage garnishments from myself and my spouse. The IRS agents were even so bold to claim to take away social security in 25 years from now in retirement, after a lifetime of wage garnishments. The IRS agents relished in the kill and wanted blood, they could not be reasoned with or negotiated with. I could not move on from this self-inflicted disaster, no one who did back ground checks would hire me! I was ruined, no amount of money that I could earn would fix my problem. Melissa developed a plan and short of a miracle being worked settled my case with the IRS for less than 3-5% of my tax liability including Melissa's fees. Keep in mind I was liable for over a million! Melissa got the strangling liens released and cleaned my financial record. I was employable again and able to start my life over! Melissa, Is by far the most productive attorney per billable hour that I have ever used. Most or at least some attorneys take advantage of you when you are desperate, not Melissa. She works with you and gets results and does not string you along like some other large firms. These large firms assign you to a newbie, and are all about billable hours. In short, Melissa is the best at what she does, the most efficient, and delivered results in the face of insurmountable odds. THANK YOU MELISSA!
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Posted by Barry | December 18, 2015
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I retained Melissa to represent me on a tax matter related to a divorce settlement. She was extremely diligent on handling all aspects of this problem (long telephone sessions and non response to fax, letters and emails. The worst part was the constant harassment/threats by the IRS via certified letters from different parts of the bureaucracy. The other issues included selling of property and their capture of income tax refunds and lien removals after all was paid and satisfied. What I enjoyed about working with Melissa was keeping me updated with her activities and status reports of all correspondence. This allowed for more of a teaming atmosphere rather than the normal Attorney- Client Relationship. I highly recommend her for any tax related issues and because of her work during the selling of my property the title company involved is recommending her for any of their clients issues.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 300-300 per hour
Payment methods
Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 6.8 (Good)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Melissa L Ellis PC
  • 2006 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Meadows Collier
  • 1999 - 2006


  • Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1998
  • University of Texas System, San Antonio
  • BBA - Bachelor of Business Administration
  • 1994

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Successful IRS trust fund offer in compromise
  • Accepted Offer on Trust Fund Penalties
  • Successful 1040 income tax offer in compromise
  • Accepted Offer in Compromise
  • Removed $1M 1040 liability
  • Agreed Settlement for No Tax Due


  • State Bar of Texas
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Attorney endorsements

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Given (1)
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Unknown Attorney | Mar 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An excellent lawyer who treats clients with patience, care, understanding, and utmost professionalism - an even better person and I wholeheartedly recommend for future services."
Tax Attorney | Jul 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Ellis has provided insightful and helpful answers to tax questions on Avvo, which demonstrate her vast experience and knowledge in the area of federal taxation. I highly recommend this attorney."