Neal Ellis of Ellis & Parker

Neal’s practice focuses on commercial litigation, business torts, toxic torts, products liability, environmental litigation and financial institution litigation. Prior to starting a small law firm in Wake Forest, North Carolina, just outside Raleigh, he was a partner with the Hunton & Williams law firm, one of the country’s oldest and largest firms. Trained as a paratrooper and Ranger, Neal also served as an active Army and reserve JAG in airborne and special operations units. He has over 35 years experience representing corporations and individuals in the state and federal courts in North Carolina and across the country.

Neal has taught trial practice with the ABA/ABOTA National Trial Academy at the National Judicial College in Reno, Nevada, and at the National Trial Advocacy College at the University of Virginia Law School. He is admitted to practice in the North Carolina state courts, the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of North Carolina, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Phone (919) 229-4337
Fax (919) 741-4599
Wake Forest, NC 27587

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B.S., United States Military Academy at West Point
J.D., University of Virginia Law School

Professional Honors and Recognition

Fellow, American Bar Association Foundation
Best Lawyers in America (“Bet the Company Litigation” and Commercial Litigation)
North Carolina Super Lawyers (Business Litigation)
Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel Edition (Business Litigation)
Best Lawyers in North Carolina (NC Magazine, North Carolina Chamber)
Member, The American Jury Project (ABA Presidential Appointment)

American Bar Association Judicial Division-Related Activities

Chair, Lawyers Conference (2009-2010)
Member, Judicial Division Council (2009-2010)
Co-editor, Judicial Division Record (2008-2011)
Editorial Board, Judges Journal (2011-2012)

American Bar Association Tort & Insurance Practice Section-Related Activities

Member, Section Council (2003-2006)
Division Chair, Trial and Appellate Practice Division (2004-2005)
Chair, Trial Techniques Committee (2000-2001)
Chair, Tort and Trial Practice Steering Committee (2001-2002)
Chair, Commercial Torts Committee (1993-1994)
Editor-in-Chief, ABA Tort & Insurance Law Journal (1997-1999)
Editor-in-Chief, ABA TortSource (2001-2003)

North Carolina Bar Association-Related Activities

Member, Board of Governors (2008-2011)
Member, Executive Committee (2009-2011)
Chair, Nominating Committee (2010)
Chair, Administration of Justice Committee (2006-2008)


Contributor, Toxic Tort Litigation (ABA 2007)
Contributor, Toxic Tort Litigation (ABA 2013)
Ellis & Case, Toxic Tort and Hazardous Substance Litigation (Michie 1995)
Author, Saving the Jury Trial (ABA, The Brief, Summer 2005)
Author, Trial Techniques, 1999 Developments, 35 Tort & Ins.L.J. 677 (2000)
Author, Commercial Torts, 1988 Developments, 24 Tort & Ins.L.J. 218 (1989)