Avvo Client's Choice Award 2016 Samantha Valentine Ellis - Badge
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America's Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorneys 2018 - Badge
10 Best Attorney Client Satisfaction 2019 - Badge
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Attorney Profiles

Jacksonville Law Firm Founded to Help

Ellis and Bryant, P.A. was founded in January of 2015 with the simple goal of helping people with criminal charges. Founding partners Samantha Ellis and T.J. Bryant worked as prosecutors for Duval and Clay County for over fifteen years combined. While they are honored to have served their communities in this way, Samantha and TJ believed that they could do more to help people by defending the rights of men and women charged with crimes. Which is why in 2015, Samantha and TJ left the State Attorney’s office to found the firm of Ellis and Bryant, P.A.

We Brought Our Expertise to Family Law

TJ and Samantha have taken and completed over fifty jury trials in addition to hundreds of hearings and bench trials. Ms. Ellis worked as a legal intern in law school helping the poor and indigent of Duval County with divorce and family law issues. She also spent time with a Family Law firm prior to joining the State Attorney’s office. She saw the same injustice happening in Family court that we observed in the criminal world. People were losing time with their children because of frivolous injunctions granted by over cautious Judges. All too often we saw inexperienced attorneys failing to object to hearsay or other inadmissible evidence to the detriment of their clients. We knew that with our trial experience and background we could bring those skills to litigate in the realm of Family Law as well. Ms. Ellis also brought her passion for the subject from her time helping as a legal intern. In fact, our very first case as a firm was a modification of a divorce decree. We were able to successfully negotiate a modification of the equitable distribution of the client’s pension. The original judgment was poorly drafted by another firm and left our client losing a greater portion of the pension than required by law. Normally a modification of equitable distribution would not be modifiable and our client would have been stuck in a bad agreement. However, we recognized that there was a discrepancy in child support and that the opposing party owed child support to our client. Using this, we negotiated the modification that our client wanted and saved thousands of dollars of the client’s pension.

Fighting for Clients

At Ellis and Bryant, our goal is to help people get the best possible outcome for their case. Whether you are charged with a crime and facing years in prison or whether you are faced with the possibility of losing time with your kids or losing the financial assets that you have worked your whole life to build as part of a Divorce, our attorneys will put their years of legal knowledge and experience to work for you. You can learn more about our attorneys on their individual biography pages Gary TJ Bryant and Samantha Ellis or set an appointment to meet with them to discuss your case in a free initial consultation by calling 904-551-4120 or through our website contact us page link.

Client Reviews

She took the time to listen to our concerns and advise us accordingly. She fought for us until the case was done and after the case was complete followed with us. She is one of the few attorneys I have encountered who really care.


After leaving the office I knew I had made the right choice choosing Ellis and Bryant. Their honest and in-depth knowledge gave me a new perspective about my circumstance. Not only were they looking out for me but also my family and things that could play out in the future.


During the entire process I felt safe and secure that my most important matter was just as important to her. She along with her firm worked very diligently to ensure that my rights were met and decision deliberated by the court was the appropriate and fair judicial action in regards to my case.


We had an excellent experience with TJ as our Lawyer. I couldn't be happier with the out come for my daughter's case. He was able to have her new charges along with her violatation of probation dropped. I highly recommend TJ to anyone who is looking for an honest & hard working lawyer. Thank you...


Ms Ellis took advantage of every detail and applicable law in the handling of a very contentious child custody case. Both she and Mr. Bryant were courteous and prompt in all of our correspondence. She communicated effectively with opposing counsel to facilitate a fair and equitable outcome. Highly...

Photo of Samantha Valentine Ellis and Gary T.J. Bryant checking a case, Gary is sitting while Samantha is standing, both reading the same papers on a table.

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