J. David Ellzey, Jr.
Juris Doctor from the Florida International University
Bachelor of Science from the University of Florida
Captain, Florida Air National Guard
Licensed to practice in all State & Federal Courts in Florida
Former Assistant Public Defender, 7
th Judicial Circuit
David Ellzey is an experienced trial attorney offering a solid track record
of litigation and trial success. He is a dynamic and efficient lawyer
who thrives in a courtroom setting. He excels at client rapport, advocacy
and negotiation. In addition to making strong technical and legal arguments,
Mr. Ellzey has developed a reputation of maintaining objectivity while
making commonsense arguments that truly resonate.
Mr. Ellzey has a strong background in criminal defense, beginning his legal
career as an Assistant Public Defender with the Honorable James S. Purdy.
Mr. Ellzey immediately began defending criminal clients in Volusia County
Court and was later promoted to the Circuit Court where he defended hundreds
of felony cases. At the Public Defender's Office, he was a "Capture
the Flag" Award recipient numerous times for Not Guilty jury verdicts.
Mr. Ellzey's background as a Public Defender has offered him the opportunity
to assist clients who are often going through extremely stressful and
emotional events. This background allows him to have the compassion and
experience to help someone through a divorce, child custody matter, or
any family law issue. This experience also gives him a solid foundation
to work with opposing counsel to solve a family's problems and achieve
favorable results. In cases where an agreement is not reached or is not
possible his background as an experienced trial attorney allows him the
ability to aggressively represent a client's interest in court.
Mr. Ellzey also serves as a Guardian ad Litem where he utilizes his legal
skills and perspective to help children who are the subject of litigation.
As a Guardian ad Litem, Mr. Ellzey is able to inform the Court about the
children's wishes and advise on the children's best interest.
Mr. Ellzey is a native Floridian and military veteran. He joined the United
States Air Force as an active duty weather forecaster in 1997 and is currently
a Captain in the Florida Air National Guard. He was activated in 2001
for Operation Noble Eagle and again in 2004 for Operations Iraqi Freedom
and Enduring Freedom.
Mr. Ellzey attended the University of Florida and graduated from the Telecommunication-News
Program from the College of Journalism & Communications. He attended
law school at Florida International University's College of Law in
Miami, where he was awarded a Public Service Fellowship to work with the
Clean Water Network of Florida in Tallahassee and worked in the FIU College
of Law's Juvenile Justice Education Clinic.
Mr. Ellzey is a father, husband, and Air National Guard service member.
He is admitted to practice in all State & Federal Courts in Florida
and a member of the Volusia County Bar Association's Family Law Division,
Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and Volusia County's
Young Professional Group.