Dianne Herman Ellis

Dianne Herman Ellis

Ocean Springs, Mississippi

Dianne Herman Ellis is the managing partner at the Ellis Law Firm and practices in the fields of family law and criminal defense.  Dianne understands that a divorce or any threat regarding the custody of a child is the most important event in a parent's life, she understands that the fear of a false arrest and conviction can threaten the very core of a person's being, and she believes that everyone deserves a strong legal team.  The Ellis Law Firm, PLLC strives to provide you with that strong team.  We have committed, dedicated, hardworking attorneys and a strong support staff.  We have an answering service so that we are available to you in an emergency.

In the field of family law, Dianne practices adoption law, divorce, custody, guardianships, third-party custody, termination of parental rights, separate maintenance, youth court actions, and other family matters.  Dianne is ready and willing to fight for your child and for your rights as a parent.  Dianne believes that every child deserves to grow up in a safe and loving home, and she will help you fight for custody of a child if the child's parents refuse to provide or are unable to provide that safe and loving home.  Dianne understands that a divorce can destroy everything you have spent your life building, and she will work to help you protect your rights and your life's work.

Dianne represents both mothers and fathers in custody disputes and firmly believes that the gender of the parent is, and should be, irrelevant in custody decisions.  She supports the rights of both parents to have a strong relationship with a child, and believes that this is best for the child, as well.  Dianne supports the rights of same sex couples and other non-traditional families and is proud and honored to have been allowed to serve on the team of attorneys who represented the Plaintiffs in the landmark case of Campaign for Southern Equality, et. al. v Bryant, et. al., setting aside the ban on gay marriage in Mississippi.

The Ellis Law Firm, PLLC also practices in the field of criminal defense.  A conviction for a crime you have not committed can destroy your life and end your chances for successful employment.  It is important to get a good defense before a conviction.  Dianne represents all those accused of committing a crime, and understands that people can be falsely accused and that good people can make bad decisions.  Dianne represents those accused of misdemeanors and felonies, from Driving Under the Influence to sex crimes. 

Dianne graduated from nursing school in 1991 and has been a Registered Nurse since that time, having practiced for years as an RN before attending law school.  Dianne graduated from Tulane University summa cum laude.  Dianne worked her way through law school as an RN while raising two beautiful and amazing daughters as a single mother.  Dianne graduated from Mississippi College School of Law in 2007 in the top 25% of her class, having been on  the Dean's List and receiving multiple academic awards and scholarships in law school.  Dianne has been recognized as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers for two years in a row.   Dianne is licensed to practice in every court, state and federal, in Mississippi, as well as the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.  Dianne is married to her husband, Evan Ellis, and they have one child left at home.  Evan works at the Ellis Law Firm, PLLC as our office manager.  

Areas of Practice

  • Family Law
  • Criminal Defense
  • Divorce
  • Child Custody
  • DUI
  • Custody & Visitation

Litigation Percentage

  • 90% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Mississippi, 2008
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Mississippi, 2008
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Mississippi, 2008
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 2008


  • Mississippi College School of Law, Jackson, Mississippi
    • J.D. - 2007
  • Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana
    • B.A. summa cum laude - 2004
    • Major: Social Science

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Mississippi Bar Association Family Law Section, Member, 2008 - 2012
  • American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Registered Nurse, 1991 - 2010