Philip L. Ellison, MBA, JD, Esq

Attorney at Law & Business Counselor

Attorney Philip L. Ellison

Dedicated. Experienced. Educated. Prepared. Respected.
These are all terms used to describe attorney Philip L. Ellison. Philip's experience as a managing member of a Michigan communications and media company fits this modern work environment perfectly, combining experience with law, business, and communications. As a law and business professional, Philip has extensive personal experience with business law, management, and corporate operations, that goes beyond what might be available for small businesses and individuals at today's average law firm.

License to Practice

  • Michigan Circuit and District Courts
  • Michigan Court of Appeals
  • Michigan Supreme Court
  • US Districts Courts - Eastern and Western Districts
  • US Banktuptcy Courts - Eastern and Western Districts
  • Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • US Supreme Court

Attorney Philip L. Ellison at the Potter Steward Courthouse to argue a case before the federal US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in Cincinnati, Ohio.

A little note of thanks from a client...

- What a great, honorable, and compassionate counsel to have on your side........he did something for us we couldn't get anyone else to do......he won our lawsuit, he did everything he could to help ! Thank You Philip !

Professional Experience

  • General counsel to small and family-based businesses in Michigan
  • Reversals at the Michigan Supreme Court & Court of Appeals
  • Filed accepted amicus brief before the Michigan Supreme Court
  • Obtain court order shutting down an entire police department
  • Numerous 4-figure and 5-figure judgments
  • Numerous successful decisions for Open Meetings Act and FOIA lawsuits
  • Protected property owners from government takings without compensation
  • Invalidated decades old deed conveying lake to home owners association
  • Represent minor LLC member's interests against majority owners
  • Protect six-figure state court judgments from bankruptcy discharge
  • Resolved various contract disputes between conflicting parties
  • Lead counsel in favorable riparian property trial with dozens of parties
  • Serving as lead counsel or research counsel on cases before various state and federal courts in Michigan

Sample Court Successes

  • LaFave v Ionia County Rd Comm'n - Michigan Supreme Court [Link]
    Vacated portion of Court of Appeals decision wrongly applying law of abandonment
    [Practice Area: Property Rights]

  • Porter v Hill - Michigan Supreme Court [Link]
    Reversal which resulted in standing for grandparenting rights in Michigan
    [Practice Area: Appeals]

  • Wenners v Chisolm - Michigan Supreme Court [Link] [Link]
    Lake access case success with use of unique procedural solution
    [Practice Area: Riparian Rights]

  • Studley v Twp of Hill - Michigan Court of Appeals [Link]
    Defended against improper Land Division Act lawsuit; affirmed on appeal
    [Practice Area: Riparian Rights]

  • Jones Family Trust v Land Bank - Court of Appeals [Link]
    Prevented appeal based on claim of governmental immunity
    [Practice Area: Property Rights]

  • Zoran v Twp of Cottrellville - Court of Appeals [Link]
    Reversal of dismissal of two claims regarding illegal actions of township supervisor
    [Practice Area: Open Meetings Act]

  • Bitterman v Village of Oakley - Court of Appeals [Link]
    High profile reversal finding secret donors info subject to public disclosure
    [Practice Area: FOIA]

  • Arabo v Michigan Gaming Control Board - Court of Appeals [Link]
    Reversed lower court's dismissal of excessive fee claim
    [Practice Area: FOIA]

  • In re Strozewski - Federal Courts [Link]
    Protected high six-figure judgment from discharge in bankruptcy (on behalf of another attorney)
    [Practice Area: Appeals]

  • In re Bitterman (3) - Liquor Ctrl Comm'n [Link]
    Obtained reversals in three case series before Liquor Control Commission
    [Practice Area: Business & Civil Litigation]

Philip L. Ellison testifying before the Michigan House Judiciary Committee regarding a legal change proposed by Ellison to defer jury service for college students. It later became Michigan law.


Born and raised in Hemlock, Philip graduated from Lake Superior State University with degrees in Business Administration, Public Relations, and Personal Computer Specialist as a Senator Philip A. Hart Scholar. He earned numerous awards and honors as well served as Student Respondent speaker at graduation.

Philip then attended Central Michigan University on a full scholarship where he earned his Master of Business Administration (MBA). While at CMU, Philip worked on a federally-funded grant that helped small and medium-sized businesses with export awareness and capacity in partnership with various economic development agencies in Michigan.

Following graduate school, Philip attended Michigan State University College of Law where he focused on business and corporate law, municipal law, and federal court practice. He served as Co-Editor in Chief of the prestigious Journal of Business & Securities Law. He was also an extern at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Michigan.

While in law school, one of Philip's law school papers, Silver Sliver: The Softwood Lumber Agreement of 2006, was accepted and presented at the Midwest Political Science Association's National Conference in Chicago. This paper was second in a two-part series which included substantial research from a massive federal Freedom of Information (FOIA) request.

Prior to law school, Philip operated Quagmire Solutions, LLC, a web design and communications firm. He served a variety of clients including various local merchants, Internet service companies, and a major regional newspaper owned by an international outfit. Philip is currently an adjunct professor of law at Saginaw Valley State University and has also previously been an adjunct professor of business management at a community college in Mid-Michigan.


PO Box 107
Hemlock, MI 48626
(989) 642-0055
(888) 398-7003 - fax

Licensed to practice before all Michigan State Courts, the Michigan Court of Appeals, the Michigan Supreme Court, the Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Court, the US District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.


Michigan State University College of Law
Juris Doctor (JD) (cum laude)

Central Michigan University
Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Lake Superior State Univ
Bachelor of Science
Business Administration
Public Relations (minor)
(cum laude)

Associates Degree
Personal Computer Specialist
(cum laude)


Director (former)
Lake Superior State Univ Alumni Association

Director (former)
Saginaw County Bar Association Board of Directors


Judicial Extern
U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Michigan


Journal of Business & Securities Law at Michigan State University College of Law


Adjunct professor of law
Saginaw Valley State Univ

Former adjunct professor of
business management
Mid Michigan Community College


State Bar of Michigan

American Bar Association

Lake Superior State University Alumni Association