Awards and Organizations
- West Virginia Bar
- Ohio Bar
- U.S. District Court – Southern District of West Virginia
- U.S. District Court – Northern District of West Virginia
- United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
- Supreme Court of the United States
- West Virginia Association for Justice – Board Member
- West Virginia State Bar – Member
Damon Ellis formed a legal partnership with Jonathan Mani in 2004 and obtained several notable results. From a two-room office in Charleston, WV, he led the firm’s representation of a young woman who was sexually assaulted while a resident of a community mental health center. His work ensured she could receive the treatment she needed without risking her family’s financial security.
Soon afterward, Ellis and the firm successfully represented an elderly woman who was abused in a nursing home. He also helped the family of a girl killed by carbon monoxide exposure during an overnight stay at a friend’s house.
These cases illustrate why the Mani Ellis & Layne firm’s motto is “It’s not just business, it’s personal.” The personal injury and wrongful death cases the firm handles intimately affect the individuals involved, including the attorneys who deal so closely with the injured clients.
Ellis is a Charleston native who returned home to practice law after earning his J.D. from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, in 2000. While working in a general practice law firm, he and Mani discussed how they could better serve the community. Ellis has earned a reputation as an aggressive advocate for those who have been injured as the result of others’ negligence.