RALEIGH, N.C., Dec. 14, 2016 – J. Nicholas Ellis, a Poyner Spruill partner, has been named President of the Eastern North Carolina Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA).

“Its mission is to preserve the trial by jury in civil cases, which is guaranteed under the 7th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution,” Ellis explained.

Membership in the national organization is by invitation only, and members must have tried at least 10 jury trials to verdict. Ellis has been a member since 2008 and has served as lead counsel in jury trials in federal court and in 13 different counties in eastern North Carolina. He has tried jury cases involving negligence, federal migrant labor issues, wills and trusts, real estate and contract disputes.

Throughout his career, Ellis has been recognized for his expertise in business, real estate and municipal litigation by Super Lawyers, The Best Lawyers in America and Best Lawyers magazines. He was recently named Best Lawyers’ 2017 “Lawyer of the Year” for real estate litigation in the Raleigh area.


ABOTA is a national association of experienced trial lawyers and judges that began in 1957 as a response to attacks on the civil jury system. It continues its work today to protect and promote citizens’ right to a jury trial.

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