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Christopher M. Ellis - Decatur, IL

Decatur Litigation Lawyer
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202 South Franklin2nd FloorDecatur, IL 62523-1364
Christopher M. EllisLawyer Overview

Chris Ellis is the managing partner and a founding member of Bolen Robinson & Ellis, LLP. He graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University and Georgetown University School of Law with honors. Prior to starting BRE Law, Chris was an associate in the Washington, D.C. and Chicago offices of Ross Dixon & Bell, LLP (now Troutman Sanders). He is a member of various professional organizations and admitted to practice before multiple courts throughout the country.

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Chris Ellis is the managing partner and a founding member of Bolen Robinson & Ellis, LLP. He graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University and Georgetown University School of Law with honors. Prior to starting BRE Law, Chris was an associate in the Washington, D.C. and Chicago offices of Ross Dixon & Bell, LLP (now Troutman Sanders). He is a member of various professional organizations and admitted to practice before multiple courts throughout the country.

Involved in nearly every practice area at BRE, Chris has become the central contact and go-to-person for a majority of the firm’s clients. Clients routinely come to Chris with complex issues, whether related to litigation, business or family planning; in turn, Chris assembles the appropriate team at BRE to meet and exceed the client’s expectations. Working closely with both the client and BRE team, Chris remains intimately familiar with the issues and typically takes the lead in negotiating a solution, litigating the matter in court or drafting the final documents needed to accomplish the client’s goals.

One of Chris’s primary roles is to direct and control the Firm’s high stakes litigation. Chris has tried numerous cases on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants and argued multiple times before the appellate courts. Representing both individuals severely injured or wronged by the misdeeds and frauds of another, as well as corporations defending themselves against claims of liability or seeking to enforce contractual rights, gives Chris a unique perspective in his approach to litigation, allowing him to see all cases from both sides. Recently Chris has become actively involved in the prosecution of multiple class actions throughout the United States where he has served as lead counsel, liaison counsel and on various executive and steering committees. Please take a moment to review the Litigation section of our website where you will see countless examples of Chris’s success in and around the courthouse.

Chris also serves as lead counsel for multiple local corporations. On a daily basis he advises business owners and professionals on matters varying from contract interpretation to employment issues. Chris’s experience in the labor law arena runs the gamut from negotiating collective bargaining agreements to defending and pursuing unfair labor practice charges in front of the NLRB. ERISA is another area that Chris and his team at BRE have been extensively involved with, both on behalf of corporate clients and as counsel for union pension funds. In addition, Chris assists many of these clients and other of our community’s most influential leaders with their personal and business estate succession plans.

Recognizing that being actively involved in one’s community is not only a privilege but a duty, Chris has given countless hours of his time assisting those in need of support. Chris currently serves on the local United Way Board, where in the past he has held the roles of Chairman, Vice-Chairman and Campaign Chair. He is also actively involved with the St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation Board, where he has served as Chairman, Vice-Chairman and on the Capital Campaign Committee. In the past Chris has served on various other civic boards and held varying titles and roles. All of his efforts have been geared towards making Decatur and the surrounding communities a better place for everyone, particularly those less fortunate.
Chris has been married 10 years to his beautiful wife and high school sweetheart, Kelli. Together they have three wonderful children – Nicholas, Ashlyn and Abigail. In his spare time Chris enjoys coaching every team that his kids play on, from baseball and football to softball and soccer.

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Practice Areas
LitigationBusinessEmployment LawLabor LawERISAPersonal InjuryClass ActionsMass Torts
Current Employment Position(s)
Senior PartnerFounding Member
Qualifications
Education
Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, District of Columbia, May, 2001
Honors: With High Honors
Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, Illinois, 1998
B.A., Bachelor of Arts
Honors: Distinguished Senior
Major: Accounting
Past Positions
Ross Dixon & Bell, LLP, Associate
Pro Bono Activities
St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation Board, ChairmanServes on the Local United Way Board
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202 South Franklin2nd FloorDecatur, IL 62523-1364
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217-619-0058
Fax
217-329-0034
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