Ellen S. Morris
Ellen S. Morris, Esq. is a partner in the law firm of Stephen Bilkis & Associates. Ms. Morris received both her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Florida. She was admitted to the Florida bar in 1990. She devotes all her professional time to elder law and special needs planning, including will contests, fiduciary litigation, guardianship litigation, nursing home residents’ rights litigation, wills, trusts, estate and trust administration, advance directives, estate planning, and Medicaid and disability planning.
Since 2007, Florida Trend Magazine has consistently named Ms. Morris as part of the “Florida Legal Elite,” and she has also been named a Top Lawyer by the South Florida Legal Guide. Her peers in the legal community have selected her as a Florida Super Lawyer each year since 2009 and she has been recognized as a Palm Beach Illustrated Top Attorney in Palm Beach and Martin counties. Ms. Morris was honored as the 2008 Florida Bar Elder Law Section “Member of the Year.” In addition, she received an AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell--the highest rating afforded an attorney, as well as a 10.0 (Excellent) Avvo rating.
After graduating from law school, Ms. Morris began her career as an Assistant State Attorney for Dade County, Florida, under the direction of State Attorney Janet Reno. She now serves as the co-chair of the Joint Public Policy Task Force for the Elderly and Disabled on the Elder Law Section of The Florida Bar and the Academy of Florida Elder Law Attorneys (AFELA). Formerly she was the chairperson of the Elder Law Section of The Florida Bar for six years. She has also held every executive legislative council position of The Florida Bar as well as many committee chair positions. Ms. Morris also served as co-chair of the Elder Law Section of the South Palm Beach County Bar Association.
Throughout her career Ms. Morris has participated in elder law and special needs law-related legislative initiatives and has spent significant time analyzing new rules and updated regulations that impact seniors, those with disabilities, and their families as they are in great need of government services and protection.
Ms. Morris frequently lectures on topics related to elder law and special needs and has been quoted in the Palm Beach Post, Wealth (Reuters), the Sun-Sentinel and ABC News online. She has written several articles for a variety of publications, including an article for The Elder Law Advocate entitled, “4th DCA affirms a finding of undue influence as a reason to invalidate advance directives.”
In addition to her work with seniors and those with disabilities, Ms. Morris also has been involved with the Alzheimer’s Association, Southeast Florida Chapter, SOS Children’s Village, Jewish Family Services located in Broward and Palm Beach counties, the Florida State Guardianship Association, and Junior Achievement. She is a Washington Club and Congressional Club member of AIPAC.