James Ellenson, Attorney-at-law

 

 

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 James Ellenson is a general practice, commercial and criminal attorney, with international and corporate clients.  His experience has ranged from defending local client to those of the more famous.  For example, in 2013, he represented a Somali pirate who was charged with high sea murder.  As a lawyer for Allen Iverson, James was profiled in the 2010 ESPN documentary No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson. 

 

email: jimmy@jamesellenson.com

phone: 757-244-4445

 

 

 

 

Rapper Twain Gotti Case

 

●   Rap lyrics used as evidence in criminal cases, PBS NewsHour, June 29, 2014

 

●   Rapper found not guilty of double murder, guilty of firearms charges, Daily Press video and article, May 24, 2014

 

●   Rapper takes stand in double murder trial, Daily Press video and article, May 23, 2014

 

●   Trial opens for rapper charged with murder, Daily Press video and article, May 21, 2014.

 

●   Legal Debate on Using Boastful Rap Lyrics as a Smoking Gun, New York Times article, March 26, 2014

 

 

 

 

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Other notable cases and media highlights.

 

 

 

 

Corporate Professional Experience

 

       1987-present, Ellenson law firm, Norfolk and Newport News, Virginia, offices, including general counsel to:

o   Whittaker Memorial Hospital, Newport News, Virginia

o   Sharkonics Trade International, a Virginia and Israeli company specializing in import/export of chips and computer components

o   Qualified as lead counsel in death penalty cases – State and Federal.  Has served as lead counsel in over 25 death penalty cases

o   Tried over 250 felony juries to verdict

 

 

       1984-86, Amnon Zichroni law firm, Tel Aviv, Israel

 

       1982-84 , Zadok, Barzel, Edilist, Striks and Sella law firm, Tel Aviv, Israel

 

 

 

 

Background

  

       Education:

o   BA Philosophy (1978), College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia

o   JD Law (1981), College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia

 

       Member:

o   U.S. - Virginia State Bar (1981), U.S. Tax Court Member

o   Israel - Israeli Bar Association (1984), has argued before the Israeli Supreme Court

 

       Dual Citizenship:

o   United States (born Newport News, Virginia, USA) and

o   Israel (naturalized, including service in the Israel Defense Force)

 

       Fluent in English and Hebrew

 

 

 

 

 

Notable Cases and Media Highlights

 

       Lawyer No Stranger to Controversy

 

       Newport News Lawyer Wants to be Area’s Newest Federal Judge

 

       Has the Peninsula been snubbed over Federal Judgeships?

 

       Man Gets Life in Naval Officer’s Slaying

 

       Newport News Gang Member Describes Being Ordered to Kill Someone

 

       Mom Charged with Prostituting Her 10-year-old Daughter for Crack

 

       Life Sentence for Man who Killed Hardee’s Employee in Newport News

 

       Man Found Guilty of Shooting Va. Officers

 

       Ellenson Pursues Iverson Hearing

 

       Allen Iverson Documentary Stirs up Race Relations

 

       Bride Guilty of Immigration Conspiracy

 

       Club Operator gets 22 years for Drug Distribution

 

       Owners of Church Farm Win Lawsuit

 

 

 

Contact

 

JAMES ELLENSON, ATTORNEY-AT-LAW

 

2600 Washington Avenue, #1007

Newport News, VA  23607-4333

 

jimmy@jamesellenson.com