Ellis & Winters LLP was established in 2000 as a client-focused boutique firm concentrating in complex litigation and commercial real estate. The firm's lawyers have been called upon in some of the most noteworthy disputes and transactions in North Carolina and across the United States. The business community has taken notice, naming over half of the firm’s lawyers to prestigious honors such as the 2019 publication of The Best Lawyers in America®, Business North Carolina’s 2018 Legal Elite, and 2018 North Carolina Super Lawyers Magazine. Several of our lawyers have been recognized in Benchmark Litigation’s 2018 list of “litigation stars” and ranked highly in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2018. The firm has been honored with recognition for its legal practice based upon the feedback given by clients, peers, and the business community. In 2014 and 2015, Benchmark Litigation named Ellis & Winters the "North Carolina Law Firm of the Year." Additionally, the firm's litigation practice was given a ranking of “highly recommended” by Benchmark Litigation, a Metropolitan Tier 1 ranking for several practice areas in U.S. News & World Report’s list of “Best Law Firms®,” and high ratings in Chambers USA.
The lawyers at Ellis & Winters provide legal services to more than 30 members of the Fortune 500. With offices in Raleigh, Greensboro, and Charlotte, the firm continues to attract and recruit the most accomplished attorneys with significant trial, appellate, and transactional experience. In order to provide the highest level of client service, we actively recruit and retain talented and skilled support staff.
Ellis & Winters lawyers are also active in leading organizations in the legal profession, such as the American Bar Association, the International Association of Defense Counsel, the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, the American College of Trial Lawyers, DRI, the North Carolina Bar Association, and the North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys. Members of the firm frequently write and speak on professional issues involving their areas of concentration.
We are committed to the community and are proud to give back to the communities we serve. The firm's attorneys have held leadership positions on such local boards as the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, the Cary Chamber of Commerce, the North Carolina School of Science and Math Foundation, the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties, as well as on the boards of the Downtown Raleigh Alliance, Artspace, and Special Olympics of North Carolina. Lawyers in the firm also serve on many other professional, civic, church and community boards, councils and committees.