Marshall H. Ellis recognized as board certified specialist in federal and state criminal law

Published 4:27 pm Monday, January 4, 2021

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Elizabeth City attorney Marshall H. Ellis was recently recognized as a board certified specialist in federal and state criminal law by the North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization. Ellis recently joined Hornthal, Riley, Ellis & Maland, LLP and previously served as an assistant federal public defender for the Eastern District of North Carolina for six years. One of those years was spent on detail to the United States Sentencing Commission in Washington, D.C., where he was the visiting assistant federal public defender to the commission.

Ellis is licensed to practice law in the state of North Carolina and has also been admitted to practice before courts in the Eastern District of North Carolina and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. His practice at Hornthal, Riley, Ellis & Maland, LLP focuses on criminal defense in both federal and state courts and civil litigation. The firm has offices in both Elizabeth City and Nags Head.

The North Carolina State Bar, an agency of the State of North Carolina, certifies lawyers as specialists in designated practice areas as a service to the public. The program assists members of the public in the selection of legal counsel by identifying lawyers who have demonstrated special knowledge, skill, and proficiency in certain areas of the law. The program also gives lawyers a credible way of making their expertise known to the public and other lawyers.

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To be certified as a board certified specialist in a practice area, a lawyer must:

– Be an active member in good standing with the North Carolina State Bar for at least five years,

– Devote at least 25% of his or her practice to the specialty during the past five years (substantial involvement),

– Attend continuing legal education (CLE) seminars in the specialty,

– Be favorably evaluated by other lawyers and judges (peer review), and

– Pass a written examination in the specialty practice area.

For more information about the North Carolina Legal Specialization program and to view a list of board certified specialists by practice area, visit or call the State Bar at 919-828-4620.



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