Daniel L. Ellis

Daniel L. Ellis

Knoxville, Tennessee

Daniel L. Ellis is an experienced attorney who has advocated for individuals, nonprofits, and businesses in numerous areas of law.  Daniel L. Ellis was selected as a Rising Star by SuperLawyers in 2016 as a Top Rated Administrative Law Attorney in Knoxville, Tennessee.   Daniel has represented individuals in Security Clearance Hearings, Appeals, and in consultations regarding Letters of Interrogatory and Questionaries’ for National Security Positions (QNSP/SF-86/eQIP). Daniel has helped governmental contractors and the government keep high quality employees serving the national interest through his representation of individual employees in over 30 security clearance hearings and over 15 security clearance appeals.  If you have a question for yourself, or for your employees about Security Clearance Law, then contact Daniel at Breeding and Henry, LLC without delay.

Daniel has also represented businesses and non-profits against claims seeking over one million dollars and has worked with a team of lawyers on a matter defending a nationally known business where multiple millions of dollars were potentially at stake.  In each case, whether by successfully preparing, filing, and arguing a Motion for Summary Judgment, or filing Motions to Exclude Expert Witnesses that results in the non-suit or dismissal of a case, or by successful resolution of a case through extensive discovery, negotiation, and mediation – Daniel L. Ellis has helped to protect businesses and non-profits from litigation so they can get back to doing what they do best – serving their communities and their customers.

As a father, husband, and native East Tennessean who grew up on a 90+ acre farm in Anderson County, Daniel knows the importance of effective communication and being able to assert for what is right and work collaboratively within your community. Daniel is a Rule 31 Family and General Civil Mediator who has also been specially trained on Domestic Violence Issues.  He is a family law attorney, who believes in being ready and able argue, fight, and defend a case and in working collaboratively through negotiation and mediation to resolve complex family law cases in ways that support long term success for families in divorces, separations, and other related family law proceedings.

Daniel lives in Knoxville with his wife and daughter and their two dogs.  Daniel is an avid creator in his spare time, whether it is woodworking, aquaponics, elevated gardening, or building a porch or fence, he likes to spend his time in the office working for clients and his time out of the office with his family working with his hands.


Daniel Ellis is a brilliant young attorney. He is very detail oriented, professional and thorough. His instinctive ability to quickly implement alternate strategies during a fast paced trial setting was quite amazing to me. He did an incredible job representing me and truly looking out for my best interests. Not only did he win my case, but his comprehensive legal representation of me enabled me to focus my attention on my family, instead of stressing about the case and the legal details. He and his staff took care of everything. Daniel Ellis is definitely the best, most experienced and respected attorney for Security Clearance reinstatement. I would highly recommend Mr. Ellis to all my friends and fully intend to utilize his skills in the future in legal matters affecting me or the people I care about.-B.M.S.

I really believe Mr. Ellis is a good man. He helped save my job and my future! A many thanks goes to him. Always kept me informed and was very willing to answer any questions I had. His help went beyond just business. Easy to talk too and made me feel very comfortable. As a former combat infantryman veteran, He was on point at at every corner, and I'd follow him into the arena of legal combat any day. - Denver

Sought Mr. Ellis' services for a will and power of attorney. Mr. Ellis was very professional, thorough, considerate, and easy to talk to. He explained process in detail and made sure I understood all legal aspects of what I wanted done. Also, everything was completed in a very timely manner.
Everyone in the office was very helpful and made you feel at ease.
Great service and great experience! - Elizabeth

I was looking for some legal help with transferring a deed into my name, and Mr. Ellis was outstanding. He checked every document against the master deed at the Knox county deeds commission, and he made sure that the deed was above reproach. Mr. Ellis took care of everything; he was very professional and easy to get along with. I never felt like I was talked down too, yet I felt very informed the throughout the entire process. I can't speak highly enough about this experience! - Jared

Areas of Practice

  • Family Law
  • Representing Employees in Security Clearance Hearings and Appeals
  • Criminal Defense
  • Juvenile Delinquency Defense
  • Personal Injury and General Civil Litigation
  • General Civil Trial Practice
  • Special Education
  • Conservatorship, and Probate and Preparation of Powers of Attorney and Last Wills and Testaments

Litigation Percentage

  • 90% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee, 2009
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Tennessee, 2010


  • University of Tennessee College of Law, Knoxville, Tennessee
    • J.D. - 2009
  • Earlham College, Richmond, Indiana
    • B.A. - 2006
    • Major: Politics


  • Co-Authored and Co-Presented, a Continuing Legal Education Seminar on Tennessee’s Expungement Law and Certificates of Employability with Professor Joy Radice, March 31, 2016.
  • Panelist, Discussion of Rights and Responsibilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act, City of Knoxville’s Accessibility Symposium, August 28, 2013
  • Panelist, City of Knoxville Accessibility Symposium, August 23, 2013
  • Presenter, Integrating Assistive Technology into the Practice of Law, Oak Ridge Chapter of CIVITAN Club, at the High Places Community Church, July 14, 2010
  • Presenter, Integrating Assistive Technology into Everyday Life: From Grade School to the Workplace, Oak Ridge CIVITAN Club, at the High Places Community Church, July 14, 2010
  • Presenter, Integrating Assistive Technology into the Practice of Law, East Tennessee Chapter of the Tennessee Paralegal Association, September 17, 2009
  • Panelist, Knoxville Public Meeting on Access to Justice Issues, February 26, 2009 – February 29, 2009
  • Seminar, Title 1 Firearms and Their Regulation, for the National Business Institute’s 2016 Gun Law Continuing Legal Education Seminar, April 7, 2016

Honors and Awards

  • Donald F. Paine Volunteer Law Student Award, 2009
  • Tennessee Bar Associations Law Student Volunteer of the Year Award, 2009
  • South-East Regional Representation in Mediation Moot Court Champions, 2009
  • William M. Leech, Jr. Public Service Award, 2009
  • Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz Student Leadership Award Recipient, 2008
  • Kolwyck Equal Access to Justice Fellow Recipient, 2007

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Knoxville Bar Association, 2009 – Present
  • Anderson County Bar Association, 2010 – Present
  • Tennessee Bar Association, 2009 – Present
  • Tennessee Bar Association Leadership Law Alumni Association 2016 – Present
  • American Bar Association 2009-2010
  • American Inn of Court, Hamilton Burnett Chapter, 2013 to Present
  • Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys

Past Employment Positions

  • Ellis and Ellis Law, P.C. 2013 to November 2017
  • Mostoller, Stulberg, Whitfield, Allen, Attorney at Law, 2009 – 2013
  • Legal Aid of East Tennessee, 2008

Pro Bono Activities

  • Knoxville Bar Association’s Access to Justice Committee Co-Chair, 2018 to Present
  • Knoxville Bar Association’s Barristers Access to Justice Committee Co-Chair, 2016 to 2018
  • Participates regularly in the Wills for Heroes Clinics for Knoxville Emergency First Responders, including Police Officers, Firefighters, and Emergency Medical Technicians
  • Knoxville Bar Association’s Access to Justice Committee’s Expungement Subcommittee Co-Chair 2015 to 2018
  • Board Member, Sertoma Center, 2016 – Present & Development Committee Co-Chair 2017 to Present
  • Board Member, Emory Valley Center, from 2011 – 2016