Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in St. Paul, MN

Deborah Ellis
Ellis Law Office
101 East Fifth Street, Suite 2626
St. Paul, MN 55101
Phone Work 651-288-3554
Fax Fax 651-293-0993
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2015
Licensed Since: 1983
Education: William Mitchell College of Law
Practice Areas: Criminal Defense (80%), Criminal Defense: White Collar (10%), Appellate (10%)


Selected To Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2015

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Selected to Super Lawyers for 13 years bottom-image

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Attorney Deborah Ellis has more than a quarter century of legal expertise in the area of criminal defense. Passionate about defending the rights of citizens, Ms. Ellis opened her own firm in 1993 after receiving invaluable training with the nationally recognized criminal defense lawyer Douglas W. Thomson. She is now recognized by her peers as one of the top criminal defense lawyers in Minnesota. Her firm is located in St. Paul.

Ms. Ellis is one of a dozen lawyers who serve members of the Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association representing law enforcement officers who face critical incidents and criminal investigations. She practices in Minnesota and Wisconsin state and federal courts defending her clients against charges such as murder, criminal sexual conduct, weapons and drug charges, fraud and property crime, among many more. Ms. Ellis has received recognition such as the distinguished service award from the Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and being named as one of the Top 40 Criminal Defense Lawyers by Minnesota Law & Politics magazine.

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Articles about Deborah Ellis appearing in Super Lawyers

Finding the Good
Deborah Ellis defends cops and the people arrested by them

About Deborah Ellis

Law School: William Mitchell College of Law

Admitted: 1983, Minnesota

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Honors and Awards:

  • Distinguished Service Award, Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2004
  • Top 40 Criminal Defense Lawyers, Minnesota Law & Politics Magazine
  • Top 40 Criminal Lawyer Listing - Minnesota, 2008, 2009

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Certified Criminal Law Specialist by Minnesota Bar Association

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1993
  • Wisconsin, 1992
  • Minnesota, 1983
  • Member, Minnesota Women Lawyers
  • Lifetime Member, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Past Member, Board of Directors, Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Past President, Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Staff Member, Trial Lawyers College, 2006 - present
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit

Educational Background:

  • Trial Lawyers College, Dubois, Wyoming, 2005
  • National Criminal Defense College, Macon, Georgia, 1986
  • Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, Minnesota, 1973

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Last Updated: 12/10/2015
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