Frank C. “Butch” Ellis, Jr. was appointed by Governor Robert Bentley and confirmed by
the Alabama Senate on February 11, 2016, filling the unexpired term of V. Larkin Martin
that began on September 1, 2013 and ends on August 31, 2018.
Mr. Ellis began practice of law with Wales W. Wallace in September 1964, co-founding
the firm Wallace & Ellis and remains in the full-time practice, concentrating primarily
on county and municipal governmental work and associated work with related agencies
Ellis attended Auburn University, awarded BA Degree from The University of
Montevallo, and attended The University of Alabama School of Law, graduating 1964
with a J.D. degree, summa cum laude, first in class academically. He was awarded
degree Doctor of Laws, Honoris Causa, University of Montevallo 2006. He is a member
of The Order of The Coif, a member of the Alabama State Bar and admitted to practice
before the United States Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit,
and the Alabama Federal District Courts.
Ellis served as Chairman of The University of Montevallo Board of Trustees for over 20
years, and has been awarded lifetime status as Trustee Emeritus. He is a past president
of the Shelby County Bar Association, served in the Alabama Senate for 11 years, has
served continuously as County Attorney for Shelby County for 51 years, and also serves
as City Attorney for the cities of Calera, Harpersville, Helena, Montevallo, Pelham,
Westover, and Wilton.
He and his wife, Diane Bentley Ellis, have been married for 53 years and have three
grown children. Ellis is a pilot and pursues hobbies of horse trail riding, fishing,
hunting, hiking, camping, gardening, farming, traveling, and any wilderness
experiences. He currently serves by appointment of the Governor of the State of
Alabama as a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Alabama Forever Wild Land Trust.
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