HARRISBURG (Aug. 19, 2022) — Jennifer L. Ellis, owner and president of Jennifer Ellis, JD, LLC, a consulting/law firm marketing company in Bala Cynwyd, received the annual Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA) Solo and Small Firm Section Award during the section’s annual conference July 27-29 at Omni Bedford Springs Resort, Bedford.
The award honors an individual lawyer who, or law firm that, has enhanced the professional reputations and abilities of solo and small firm attorneys in Pennsylvania.
Ellis is the immediate past chair of the Solo and Small Firm Section. She served as the section’s chair for two consecutive years and has held various officer positions in the section since 2014. Her contributions to the section included coordinating more than 40 noncredit educational webinars during the pandemic. Her programming template was adopted by other PBA committees and sections as a professional development tool. In addition, Ellis created numerous virtual networking events to bolster member engagement when COVID-19 surfaced. For her dedication and leadership efforts to the section, Ellis received the PBA Special Achievement Award in 2021. She was also the recipient of the award in 2019 for her work in developing the “Starting Your Own Law Firm” course for law students attending Widener University Commonwealth Law School.
Active in numerous PBA committees, Ellis is co-chair of the Women in the Profession Public Service Committee, co-chair of the Legal Career Transitions Committee and past secretary of the LGBTQ+ Rights Committee. Her other activity includes serving as a member of the Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee, Professional Liability Committee and Minority Bar Committee.
Ellis’ additional support to the organized bar, includes membership in the Montgomery Bar Association where she serves on the Diversity and Continuing Legal Education committees. She is also a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association, Pennsylvania Bar Foundation and American Bar Association.
Giving back to the community, Ellis’ volunteer work has included serving as general counsel for the Statewide Pennsylvania Rights Coalition, mentor and legal advisor for Common Roads, and volunteer for the ACLU of Delaware.
At her company, Ellis assists attorneys with issues such as electronic discovery, practice management and online presence. Previously, Ellis worked with a Philadelphia-area personal injury firm, where she practiced legal ethics, managed the firm’s online presence and oversaw its IT and security consultants. She frequently speaks and writes throughout Pennsylvania and nationally about issues relating to law practice management, technology, ethics and marketing.
Ellis received a B.A. from Dickinson College, Carlisle, and a J.D. from Widener University Delaware Law School, Wilmington, Del.