Ellis is an associate in the firm’s Norfolk office where her practice focuses on trust and estate matters and transfer and fiduciary taxation. Ellis, a Suffolk native, comes to the trusts and estates arena naturally as the daughter of a trusts and estates attorney. Her estate planning work includes thinking through the complex intersection of family succession and tax planning to implement thoughtful and efficient estate plans for her clients. Her estate planning work often intersects with tax planning, which is a crucial part of the operation of a holistic and well-rounded estate plan both during life and after death. In addition to the planning component of trusts and estates, Ellis also assists clients and their families in the probate and administration of estates and the administration, modification, and termination of trusts.

Recognition & Honors

  • Norfolk Trusts and Estates; Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch, 2021
  • Top Lawyer; CoVaBIZ Magazine, 2020
  • Millennial on the Move, CoVaBiz Magazine, June 2018
  • Virginia’s Legal Elite, Virginia Business Magazine, 2018-2019
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Karon O. Bowdre; U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama, 2012-2013
  • Managing Editor; Washington and Lee Journal of Civil Rights and Social Justice
  • James W.H. Stewart Tax Law Award, 2012
  • Order of the Coif
  • Omicron Delta Kappa, Alpha Circle


  • Virginia Bar Association
    – Wills, Trusts & Estates Section Legislative Committee; Member
  • Norfolk-Portsmouth Bar Association
  • Downtown Norfolk Council; Board of Directors
  • Hampton Roads Estate Planning Council; Member
  • Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast Council; Board of Directors
  • Hampton Roads Gift Planning Council; Board of Directors, 2014 – 2019
  • Hampton Roads Community Foundation; Professional Advisory Committee
  • ACCESS College Foundation; Batten Legacy Society Advisory Council
  • Downtown 100; Member, 2014 – 2019
    – Steering Committee and Projects Committee
  • LEAD Hampton Roads; Graduate, Class of 2018


  • Virginia, 2012


  • University of Virginia; B.A., 2009
  • Washington & Lee University School of Law; J.D., magna cum laude, 2012