Gray Ellis

Gray Ellis

Board Certified Specialist, Managing Partner
Durham, North Carolina
919-688-9400 (Durham Office)
919-679-9400 (Chatham Office)

Gray Ellis is the managing partner of Ellis Family Law in Durham, North Carolina.  Since 1994 Attorney Ellis has devoted his career to working with families in crisis. He is a Board Certified Specialist in Family Law as designated by the North Carolina Board of Legal Specialization, practicing at both the trial and appellate court levels. Mr. Ellis has served as a member of the North Carolina State Bar Family Law Membership Committee, as the first chair of the Modern Family Committee and is now a Board Member of Meals on Wheels of Durham, a cause near and dear to his heart.  Mr. Ellis has lectured at various family law CLEs, taught at NCCU School of Law Evening Program and volunteered as a guest lecturer at UNC School of Women and Gender Studies and Duke University School of Law.  He is also a parent who has gone through a separation and understands first-hand the fears and uncertainties involved with the legal process. He brings that experience to the table every time he meets and advises a client. When he can get away to recharge Attorney Ellis enjoys tennis, golf, traveling, watching ACC sporting events, and water activities such as jet skiing and parasailing.


Areas of Practice

  • 100% Family Law

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Family Law Specialist, NC Board of Legal Specialization, 2007

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina, 2002


  • North Carolina Central University School of Law, Durham, North Carolina
    • J.D. cum laude
  • North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina
    • B.A.
    • Honors: With Honors
    • Major: Political Science


  • Divorce Clinic, Self Help, 2002 - Present
  • Equitable Distribution Clinic, 2004 - Present
  • Guest lecturer, UNC School of Women and Gender Studies
  • Guest lecturer, Duke University School of Law

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2011 - 2012
  • Super Lawyers Star Search, 2010
  • AVVO Rating 10.0 - Top Attorney Divorce
  • Board Certified Specialist - North Carolina State Bar
  • Martindale Hubbell A.V. rated
  • BBB Rating A+
  • BBB of Eastern NC, Torch Award Finalist
  • Best of Durham - Readers' Favorite Platinum Winner, 2014 - 2017
  • North Carolina Leaders in the Law Honoree
  • Best of The Triangle - Indy Week

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyer, 2008 - Present
  • North Carolina Bar Association, 2002 - Present
  • Durham County Bar Association, 2002 - Present
  • Modern Family Committee of the North Carolina Family Bar, Chair
  • North Carolina State Bar, Family Law Membership Committee, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Burton & Ellis, Partner

Pro Bono Activities

  • Board Member of Meals on Wheels of Durham