James Ellenson, Attorney-at-law




 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


Navy Sailor Acquitted of Killing Case


●   Navy Sailor Acquitted of Killing Strip Club Owner, Daily Press, August 29, 2014










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








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

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



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








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Newport News, VA  23607-4333