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David Ellis is a lawer and award-winning author of twelve novels. As an author, Dave won the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best First Novel for "Line of vision". He currently serves as Special Counsel to the Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives.


Ellis, David was born on January 1, 1967 in the United States.


David finished Downers Grove North High School, then he studied finance at the University of Illinois Champaign and graduated in 1990. In 1993 he earned his law degree at Northwestern University School of Law in downtown Chicago.


After graduating in 1993, Ellis spent time in private practice in Chicago. In 1996 Ellis, as an expert in constitutional and election law, spent two years as assistant counsel to the speaker before returning to Chicago to join some friends in his own firm. In 1996 he started to write his first novel "Line of vision", due to it David won the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best First Novel by an American author in 2002. He currently serves as Special Counsel to Illinois House Speaker Michael J. Madigan. He has argued dozens of cases at the trial and appellate levels, specializing in constitutional law.


  • As a lawyer, Dave prosecuted and convicted Governor Rod Blagojevich in the Impeachment trial before the Illinois Senate. The latter as the first Democratic governor to hold office in a quarter century became the first governor in Illinois history to be impeached. In December, 2014, Dave was sworn in as the youngest-serving Justice of the Illinois Appellate Court for the First District.


  • “James Patterson, New York Times bestseller: "David Ellis's pages throb with action and suspense."

    Michael Madigan, Speaker of Illinois House of Representatives: "Dave Ellis is a skilled attorney. He proved the true measure of his talents with the excellent guidance he gave the legislature through the truly uncharted course of impeachment."

    Scott Turow, best-selling author and trial attorney: "He’s a terrific litigator, as his performance in the Blagojevich impeachment permanently established. Probably his greatest achievement there was off-screen, in getting the U.S. Attorney’s Office to release a smidgen of their evidence, something they very rarely do without a tremendous fight when it’s pre-trial."”


  • Writers

    Harper Lee

  • Sport & Clubs

    Football, basketball

  • Other Interests