Yancey Ellis


           Yancey Ellis is the managing partner at Carmichael Ellis & Brock, PLLC, and is a vital asset in our firm-wide mission of service to the indigent, upholding the Constitution, and guiding our clients through the criminal justice system. Yancey is also the lead attorney on cases assisting military service members and veterans with their special legal needs. Yancey Ellis joined Carmichael Ellis & Brock, PLLC, after working for the very well-respected Public Defender's Office for the City of Alexandria. 

            At the Alexandria Public Defender's Office, Yancey defended almost two thousand clients against criminal charges by the Government. Yancey defended clients charged with robbery, malicious wounding, possession with intent to distribute drugs, sexual assault, larceny, embezzlement, obstruction of justice, resisting arrest, trespassing, forgery, fraud, and others. Yancey also extensively litigated all kinds of traffic cases such as driving while intoxicated (DWI), driving under the influence (DUI), and reckless driving. Even when things did not go well at trial, the fight was not over. Yancey has appealed cases to the Court of Appeals of Virginia and the Supreme Court of Virginia in order to continue defending his clients.

            Prior to joining the Public Defender's Office, Yancey was an attorney in the U.S. Marine Corps. He worked as a prosecutor and a law of war advisor, but spent most of his time as a military public defender. Yancey defended hundreds of Marines and Sailors accused of crimes. He was able to obtain favorable outcomes for many of his clients, including several full acquittals. Yancey defended against charges such as drug distribution, aggravated assault, human trafficking, sexual assault, fraud, and many others. He was named the U.S. Marine Corps Defense Counsel of the Year for the Western United States in 2009. Yancey left active duty service in 2010, but he is still currently a member of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves where he teaches litigation skills to defense attorneys on active duty. Yancey graduated in the top 10% of his class at the Basic School in Quantico, Virginia and 2nd in his class at the Naval Justice School in Newport, Rhode Island.

            Yancey graduated in the top 15% of his class at the George Mason University School of Law. Litigation was the focus of his studies. He participated in the Trial Advocacy Association and focused most of his course work on criminal law and procedure. During his third year of law school, Yancey interned as a Special Assistant United States Attorney (SAUSA) at the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. As a third-year law student, he prosecuted many misdemeanor cases, which gave him valuable courtroom experience and allowed him to begin developing his trial skills.

            Yancey was born and raised in northern Virginia. He is honored to be defending clients in the community where he grew up and where he currently lives with his family.  


  • West Virginia University, B.S. in Finance, Magna Cum Laude
  • George Mason University School of Law, J.D. (Litigation), Cum Laude
  • Officer Candidate School, U.S. Marine Corps
  • The Basic School, U.S. Marine Corps
  • Naval Justice School, U.S. Navy


  • Virginia, 2005
  • U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Trial Judiciary, 2006
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, 2015
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia, 2017

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    I highly recommend Mr. Ellis and endorse his skill as an excellent attorney. Mr. Ellis represented me during a DUI appeal case. The result of my trial was a “Not Guilty” verdict. This result was achieved because of hard work, preparation and attention to detail. Mr. Ellis listened and focused ...
  • A Moral Ally

    -Yancey served as my attorney and steadfast moral ally throughout a grueling case in which I was charged with multiple felonies, of which I was acquitted. He is a personable professional who is exacting in his speech and diligent in his work ethic. In and out of court he is a man you want on your...
  • Highly recommend Mr. Ellis!

    From the first time I spoke with Yancey until the time the case was resolved in my favor, he made me feel like I could trust him and that he would do everything he could to get the best possible outcome, which was the case. In additional to being a knowledgable attorney who explains everything t...
  • Successful Reckless Driving Ticket Defense

    Best outcome possible was reached because my lawyer, Yancey Ellis, understood my predicament and resolved the charge in a quick minimally invasive manner. I was cited for driving 26 miles above the speed limit but I had a clean driving record. I received a referral to Mr. Ellis from a colleague...
  • Hiring for Mr. Ellis was the best decision I ever I made

    I was facing 2 separate assault/domestic violence cases and I hired Mr. Yancy Ellis for my second case after I was unsatisfied with my lawyer and outcome for the first case. Hiring for Mr. Ellis was the best decision I ever I made. This was my first time dealing with legal issues, and Mr. Ellis w...
  • Successfully negotiated a better deal for the dismissal of my charge!

    Yancey Ellis did pro bono work for me for a charge I received after being purposefully arrested at a civil disobedience/peaceful protest. He was incredibly knowledgeable, professional, helpful, communicative, and responsive to all of my calls and email. He was able to clearly explain all of the l...
  • Thorough, Competent, Professional

    These three qualities exemplify Mr. Ellis' performance on a matter for which I recently engaged him. From our initial telephone consultation to our first in-person meeting and throughout the resultant case, Mr. Ellis listened attentively and impartially, paying attention to each detail and evalua...
  • Prompt and Personal Attention

    Mr. Ellis helped our son obtain expungement of two youthful misdemeanor charges which had appeared on the internet. The process was complicated by his now living abroad. Mr. Ellis was able to guide him through all the procedures so that a court appearance was unnecessary. Mr. Ellis provided promp...
  • Represent you as if you were Family

    Mr. Ellis' tenacious representation over multiple court appearances resulted in the best possible outcome for my case, a full dismissal of the charge! He understood that anything less could potentially be ruinous to my career, and so he was thorough in his preparation and left no stone unturned, ...
  • Best Attorney I've Ever Worked With

    Yancey Ellis genuinely cared and worked with me on my case right away. They wasted no time in trying to take care of me and my case at a more than reasonable price. I highly recommend this firm to anyone going through hardship. Best attorney that I've ever worked with
  • International Importation of Drugs

    I was facing 4 charges, conspiracy for drug trafficking, conspiracy for international importation of drugs, conspiracy for money laundering and conspiracy for international money laundering in the Western District of Virginia, Charlottesville. These 4 charges hold up to 20 years each. I hired Pho...
  • I Didn't Think Twice About Who I was Going To Hire

    I first worked with Mr. Ellis when he was my public defender a few years ago. He went above and beyond what I expected him to do and even got my case dismissed. When I got into some trouble a few months ago I didn't think twice about who I was going to hire. Long story short I got 2 charges (on t...
  • "Angel In My Life"

    I was charged with Assault and battery and got arrested. I lost the case earlier and i changed my counsel then. I picked Mr Ellis due to his reviews and reputation. I had all odds against me, police, evidence etc. My ex wanted divorce and use this criminal charge to damage my reputation, career a...
  • Great attorney!

    I called Mr. Ellis based on a referral received from another Attorney. I received a citation that could have resulted in loss of license, steep fines and a misdemeanor criminal record as well as possible jail time. Additionally, my employment and ability to gain future employment could have been ...
  • Case Dismissed!

    Helped me settle a case in 2017, was incredibly respectful and helpful the entire time. Other lawyers might've just put me in the first offenders program, Yancey worked with me to help straighten it out. Yancey proved there was insufficient evidence to charge me and got the case dismissed! Am tru...

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