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The Experience we need in Davidson County-Nashville Chancery Court

Johnny Ellis and his family have been an integral part of the Nashville community for over 3 generations.  He was educated in five of Nashville’s public schools during the birth of desegregation, including Woodmont & Head elementary Washington & West End Jr. High, graduating from Hillsboro High School in 1980. He went on to attend UT Knoxville where he also went through Officer Candidate Basic training at Ft. Knox, Kentucky, but decided that joining the workforce would be the right path for him which immediately led him to the mortgage industry.


Johnny met Lisa, in 1989 while working for a mortgage company in Knoxville.  After the company relocated him to Middle-Tennessee, Johnny & Lisa got married in 1992. That same year they bought a small home in the historic Old Hickory Village neighborhood and Johnny started law school at night on a full tuition scholarship at the Nashville School of Law.  From 1996-2012 He practiced law with his father, Lee Ellis.  When Lee Ellis retired,  Johnny moved his office to Old Hickory where he has maintained his practice continuously to this day.  


Johnny and Lisa have a son and daughter.  His son, who earned his BA at Lipscomb University, is following in his father’s footsteps and is currently attending Cumberland Law School in Birmingham AL. Their daughter is a Junior at Metro-Nashville School of the Arts. Both children have attended Metro-Nashville public schools.

Johnny has been fortunate to have tried several jury cases, argued before the Tennessee Court of appeals, testified before the state Legislature concerning real estate law, and successfully argued a case before the Tennessee Supreme Court; a rare opportunity for almost any legal professional.  He knows what it’s like to raise a family while running a business and attending law school. Hard work isn’t a foreign concept to him.

He will serve the citizens of Nashville-Davidson county with humility and compassion.


“When I was a boy, I went to schools far from my home in the neighborhoods of marginalized citizens.  These were neighborhoods where my good friends lived. Now, I have the opportunity to offer real service and balanced understanding to every walk of life in Nashville, and I will not be stopped.”

-Johnny Ellis

Johnny Ellis 1973

He understands that education and knowledge require time and understanding in order to develop wisdom.  We need this experience on the bench. We need someone who knows and understands Nashville and Tennessee law, who will bring the totality of his life experience to judicial decisions that make no distinction as to someone’s station in the world.  

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