About Me

Detailed Biography for Jennifer Ellis

 

Jennifer Ellis, Esq.I am both an attorney and a law practice management consultant. See here for my short, professional biography.

Attorney

The firm at which I work is Lowenthal & Abrams.  Most of my time is spent dealing with online marketing.  When I do practice, it involves legal ethics and malpractice. For details on my work at L&A please see my bio on the firm’s website.  I am licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania.

My firm has offices in Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey.  Its practice areas include medical malpractice, nursing home abuse, personal injury (auto accidents, slip and falls, dog bites,) social security disability, workers’ compensation and legal malpractice.

Law Practice Management

My firm is gracious enough to allow me to continue law practice management consulting in addition to my full time work. Due to my time commitments, I limit my consulting to a small number of projects at any given time. I am also conflicted out of assisting other firms and attorneys who practice in the same legal areas and jurisdictions as L&A. My consulting focus involves helping firms with online marketing. I create websites, manage SEO, handle social media content and so on. I also help with technology audits and other matters. See services for more information.

My History

I was born in Long Island, New York and raised near Princeton, New Jersey and Downingtown, Pennsylvania. I spent my law school years living in Delaware, and many years living in the Harrisburg area. Now, I reside near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Dogs

Jennifer with Scamper

Me with Scamper I would have been about 12.

When I was a child, my parents bred show dogs (Great Danes, Belgian Sheepdogs,  and Pembroke Welsh Corgis.) As a result, I was always around puppies and can whisper to dogs quite well, thank you. When I was about twelve I showed my dog, Scamper. I believe I showed him exactly two times. In the second show, I won best of breed over my father. I next won a group three (my dad won the group two with a Belgian Sheepdog.)  With this great success, I retired from the world of dog shows. Scamper retired too. He didn’t like being a show dog. We both knew when to quit.

Millie and Curtis

Millie with the long suffering Curtis.

Now I have a huge, yellow, Labrador retriever named Curtis and a small lab/terrier mix named Millie. I adopted Curtis from a family when he was 8 weeks old. He is a common subject in my seminars and quite popular on Facebook. His posts are certainly funnier than mine.

Millie is from a Florida rescue. She was born prematurely to a bitch (female dog people, relax) with heart worms. As the runt of the litter, she had a rough time and was born blind in one eye. She is absolutely hilarious, stubborn and full of life. Her two favorite things in the world are harassing Curtis and cuddling.

Education

I graduated from Widener University School of Law in Delaware (cum laude.) While at law school I won a bunch of awards, was in the top 11% of my class, and served as a member of Law Review and on the board of the Moot Court Honors Society. Prior to law school I obtained a degree in English at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. I learned my computer skills while at Dickinson where I worked my way through school as a consultant in the micro computer rooms.

Professional History

Once I graduated law school, I went to work at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute. PBI is the nonprofit continuing legal education arm of the Pennsylvania Bar Association. I spent 12.5 years at PBI, ending my time there as Associate Director Media Technology. The main focus of my job was to organize seminars for other lawyers. My focus was law practice management and technology, but I organized courses in virtually every area of law. It was also during this time that I began speaking to other lawyers upon the suggestion of my boss.

While at PBI, I volunteered my time with various organizations, including a GLBTQ youth group called Common Roads in Harrisburg. I spent time speaking at schools to make the leadership aware of the financial risks of failing to protect the students from bullying, as well as working with and being a mentor to the young people in the group. I am proud and honored to have had this experience.

I left PBI in April, 2011, to join Freedman Consulting as a law practice management consultant. About a year and a half later, Jeff Lowenthal, my first client as a consultant, asked me to join his firm. I was honored to do so and officially joined Lowenthal & Abrams in October, 2012.

Professional Accomplishments

My biggest contribution to PBI would have to be the creation of simulcasting, which is large scale distance education. I won an ACLEA award for this effort. I also won an ACLEA award for a Facebook page I created for the Law Practice Management Institute.

In January, 2014, I published the book, WordPress in One Hour for Lawyers.  This book is a guide to how attorneys and firms can create their own websites using WordPress. (I design all of my websites using WordPress.)

I also have a perfect ten on Avvo. Yes, that’s right. Ten baby. Is it hard to get a ten on Avvo? No, not really.

Professional Activities

I believe it is important to give back to the legal community. As a result, I am quite involved in both the American Bar Association (Law Practice Division) and the Pennsylvania Bar Association (Solo and Small Firm Practice Section, Women in the Profession, Membership and GLBT Rights.) I am also involved in the Montgomery Bar Association (Diversity). For more details see Bar Memberships.