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Michael E. Ellery

Attorney Michael E. Ellery knows how insurance adjusters and defense attorneys think – because he started out his career in these roles. Today, he exclusively represents injured people as an integral part of our firm.
Attorney Michael Ellery

Michael Ellery’s Background

When Mr. Ellery graduated from the University of Arizona in 1987 with his bachelor’s degree, he worked as an insurance adjuster. In fact, he worked for two of the biggest insurance companies in the nation before becoming a lawyer – an experience that would later give him a unique insider’s view into insurance companies’ practices.

In 1995, Mr. Ellery earned his Juris Doctor degree from the Widener University School of Law. For more than 15 years, he would handle both plaintiff work – on behalf of the people bringing a legal claim – and defense work, on behalf of the people being sued.

In March 2008 Mr. Ellery began representing plaintiffs exclusively.

Mr. Ellery’s Work With Our Firm

In 2011, Mr. Ellery brought his experience to our firm. In just seven years, he personally has recovered more than $20 million dollars for the clients he represented.

His firsthand knowledge of the insurance industry and his history of defense work have proven to be valuable assets to our firm.

Because Mr. Ellery knows how insurance companies operate and the tactics their defense attorneys use to delay, deny, and attempt to decrease the value of claims.

He knows how to thwart these efforts to ensure our clients from getting the money they deserve. He does not permit insurance adjusters and defense attorneys to stoop to deceptive tricks, which helps him get his clients their settlements.

Why Michael Chose Personal Injury Law

What prompted Mr. Ellery to switch from defending insurance companies to representing injured plaintiffs? Like his colleagues at our firm, he found that he much preferred helping people over defending the insurance companies and corporations whose primary concern is their own profits.

After being an insurance adjuster out of college, and then a mixture of defense and plaintiff work for years, focusing on plaintiff personal injury cases was a “natural progression.”

“It’s way more satisfying to have a direct impact on people’s lives and to work with regular people, rather than working for insurance companies. Doing well for our clients – individuals injured in accidents – is a better place to be, in my opinion.” – Attorney Michael E. Ellery

More About Michael Ellery

In addition to his experience handling plaintiff and defense work as an attorney, Mr. Ellery has served in other roles in the legal community. For more than a decade, he has been a certified arbitrator in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas.
Mr. Ellery has hired by other lawyers to help resolve their cases through private arbitration and mediation, to the benefit of both parties.

Mr. Ellery has also been a Judge Pro Tempore in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas for several years, a role which involves acting as a mediator in settlement conferences, where the goal is again to resolve claims without having to take them to trial.

Mr. Ellery lives in Haddonfield with his wife and their children. His oldest son is married and he recently celebrated the birth of his first grandchild.

In addition to spending time with his family, his personal interests include reading, physical fitness, and watching his children play sports.

Michael Ellery’s Cases

Mr. Ellery handles personal injury claims of all kinds. In particular, he enjoys working on cases that involve automobile accidents work-related injuries, defective product accidents, slip and fall injuries, and premises liability claims. Since joining our firm, Michael Ellery helped our clients recover more than $20 million in damages.

  • $859,000 Jury Verdict
    For a woman injured by a national waste management company.
  • $875,000 Settlement
    For a car crash victim who had to undergo fusion surgery on the lumbar region of his spine.
  • $500,000 Policy-Limit Settlement
    For a woman whose vehicle was t-boned by a dump truck, for whom Mr. Ellery recovered the full amount of insurance coverage available.
  • $495,000 Settlement
    For the victim of a motor vehicle crash so severe that she needed a hip replacement.
  • $460,000 Settlement
    FFor a client who needed fusion surgery on her neck as a result of a tractor-trailer crash in which she was a passenger.
  • $315,000 Policy-Limit Settlement
    A woman whose parked car was struck by another vehicle while she was getting into the car, for whom Mr. Ellery recovered the full policy limit.
  • $128,000 Settlement
    For the victim of a rear-end crash. Her injuries were so severe that she experienced post-concussive symptoms.

Disclaimer: Results may vary depending on your particular facts and legal circumstances.

Professional Membership

Mr. Ellery is licensed to practice law in the State of New Jersey and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as well as the United States District Courts of New Jersey and Eastern District of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the following legal organizations:

  • American Bar Association
  • NJ Association of Justice
  • National Association of Trial Lawyers
  • American Association of Justice
  • New Jersey State Bar Association

Joined Organization

  • Year Joined Organization: 2011

Licensed to Practice In

  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania


  • Widener University School of Law, 1995, J.D
  • University of Arizona, 1987, B.A.