Ellison Berryhill – Attorney

Originally from East Tennessee, Ellison Berryhill graduated from Maryville College in 2012 with a degree in Philosophy and in 2015 from Duke University School of Law. While at Duke, he worked on the Wrongful Convictions Clinic and was Editor-in-Chief of the Duke Forum for Law and Social Change. Upon graduation, Ellison clerked on the District of Columbia Superior Court for Judge Stuart Nash and Chief Judge Lee Satterfield. Ellison then worked for the Tennessee Attorney General’s Office and in private practice before realizing his passion for public defense and joining the 18th Judicial District Public Defender’s Office in Sumner County, Tennessee in 2019. After over four years there, he joined the Nashville Defenders in 2023.

Ellison is an advocate for a more fair criminal legal system generally. He has published law review articles in the Virginia Journal of Criminal Law, the University of Louisville Law Review, and the University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform Caveat. Additionally, he enjoys reading, hiking, and attending Nashville Soccer Club games.