Daytona Beach Criminal Defense & Family Law Attorneys
Three Decades of Collective Legal Experience Defending Cases in Daytona Beach, Deland & West Volusia, FL

J. David Ellzey, Jr.

Former Public Defender & Military Veteran

J. David Ellzey, Jr., criminal attorney in Daytona Beach, FL


  • Juris Doctor from the Florida International University
  • Licensed to practice in all State Courts in Florida
  • Former Assistant Public Defender, Volusia County


David Ellzey is an experienced trial attorney offering a solid track record of litigation and trial success. He is a dynamic and efficient lawyer who thrives in a courtroom setting. He excels at client rapport, advocacy and negotiation. In addition to making strong technical and legal arguments, Mr. Ellzey has developed a reputation of maintaining objectivity while making commonsense arguments that truly resonate.

Mr. Ellzey is a native Floridian and military veteran. He joined the United States Air Force as an active duty weather forecaster and continues to be a member of the Florida Air National Guard. He was activated in 2001 for Operation Noble Eagle and again in 2004 for Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.

undefinedMr. Ellzey attended the University of Florida and graduated from the Telecommunication-News Program from the College of Journalism & Communications. He attended law school at Florida International University College of Law in Miami, where he was awarded a Public Service Fellowship to work with the Clean Water Network of Florida in Tallahassee and worked in the FIU College of Law's Juvenile Justice Education Clinic.

Mr. Ellzey has a strong background in criminal defense, beginning his legal career as an Assistant Public Defender with the Honorable James S. Purdy. Mr. Ellzey immediately began defending criminal clients in Volusia County Court and was later promoted to the Circuit Court where he defended hundreds of felony cases. At the Public Defender's Office, he was a "Capture the Flag" Award recipient numerous times for Not Guilty jury verdicts.


Mr. Ellzey's background as a Public Defender has offered him the opportunity to assist client's that are often going through extremely stressful and emotional events. This background allows him to have the compassion and experience to help someone through a divorce ,child custody matter, or any family law issue. This experience also gives him a solid foundation to work with opposing counsel to solve a family's problems and achieve favorable results. In cases where an agreement is not reached or is not possible his background as an experienced trial attorney allows him the ability to aggressively represent a client's interest in court.

Mr. Ellzey is a father, husband, veteran and Special Olympics coach. He is admitted to practice in all State Courts in Florida and a member of the Volusia County Bar Association, Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and Volusia County's Young Professional Group.

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& Associations

  • Avvo Rating 10.0 Superb Top Attorney Criminal Defense
  • Avvo Client's Choice 2015 Family
  • Avvo Rating Superb
  • AILA
  • American Association for Justice