W. Ellis Boyle

Litigation Attorney
Ward and Smith, P.A.
Email weboyle@wardandsmith.com
919.277.9187 Fax 919.277.9177
Post Office Box 33009, Raleigh, NC 27636-3009

Ellis is an accomplished litigator with a proven track record of success in handling highly complex legal disputes in courtrooms across North Carolina. His experience encompasses an impressive range of areas, including business disputes, personal injury and wrongful death claims, and other general litigation matters. 

With a career spanning both public service and private practice, Ellis brings a unique background to his litigation practice. Drawing on the powerful combination of experience in roles such as General Counsel and Deputy Secretary for the North Carolina Department of Public Safety and Assistant U.S. Attorney, Ellis manages high-stakes legal disputes with precision and efficiency. His background as an Army officer guides his practice and sense of focus on accomplishing the mission, whatever may come up. 

He represents businesses, government entities, and individuals in both state and federal courts. Clients rely on Ellis' deep knowledge of the law through all phases of the litigation process, including discovery, motion, and trial. 

While Ellis is a strong advocate in the courtroom, he also emphasizes outside-the-box solutions to resolve legal matters as quickly as possible, including through mediation and informal negotiations. He strives to reach a fair resolution without risking the interests of his clients or diminishing their goals. 

Ellis brings considerable experience to the table when it comes to serving as local counsel for law firms based in other states.


  • J.D., Wake Forest School of Law, 2005
  • B.A., Davidson College, 1998

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • 4th Circuit Juridical Conference
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • North Carolina Heroes Fund, Board of Directors
  • Wake County Bar Association

Admitted to Practice

  • North Carolina, 2005

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  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Legal Elite Business North Carolina 2021
  • Super Lawyers 2021
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers 2023
  • U.S. News Best Lawyers 2023

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