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Jason M. Ellison

Jason Ellison is a business and real estate litigation attorney. Mr Ellison advises clients in business and real estate matters, including contract preparation and disputes. He is licensed to practice in all State Courts in the State of Florida as well as the United States District Courts for the Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts of Florida. His representations have included private and institutional lenders, real estate developers, small and mid-size businesses, commercial landlords, court-appointed receivers, and management companies. Additional areas of practice include foreign judgment domestication, judgment collection, mortgage foreclosure, deficiency judgments, and creditors rights in Bankruptcy. Prior to helping found Ellison Lazenby, Mr. Ellison was a partner at Englander Fischer.

Mr. Ellison is proud to serve on the Executive Council of The Florida Bar’s Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section where he also serves as co-chair of the Membership & Inclusion Committee. In 2014 Mr. Ellison was also appointed to The Florida Bar’s Leadership Academy.

Raised on Florida’s Space Coast, Jason is truly a Florida native. Graduating from Stetson University in Deland, Florida, with a degree in Political Science, he was awarded the distinguished honor of Outstanding Senior Research in Political Science for his Senior Thesis, “The Establishment Clause and the Judicial System: Is There Consistency Within the U.S. Judicial System’s Decisions Regarding the Establishment Clause and Religious Displays?” After earning his Bachelors degree, Jason earned his Juris Doctorate from Stetson University, College of Law. Jason is a member of Calvary Chapel, St. Petersburg and also coaches T-ball at Calvary Chapel Sports Ministry.


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William “Gill” Lazenby

William “Gill” Lazenby focuses his practice on commercial litigation in both state and federal courts. Outside of litigation, he also advises clients on a variety of issues related to business entities and contractual rights spanning from formation to dissolution. His representations have included numerous community banks, private lenders, private equity funds, contractors, medical professionals, and tactical weapon suppliers. He is licensed to practice in all State Courts in the State of Florida as well as the United States District Courts for the Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts of Florida. Prior to helping found Ellison Lazenby, Mr. Lazenby was a partner at Englander Fischer.

Mr. Lazenby was born in Fort Lawn, South Carolina. He attended The University of South Carolina , earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and Marketing, and The Florida State University College of Law earning a Juris Doctor degree. During his time at Florida State Law , Mr. Lazenby was a member of the Business Review, the Journal of Transnational Law and Policy, and the Order of the Coif, a recipient of the Guyte P. McCord Memorial Scholarship, a recipient of the Distinguished Pro Bono Service Award, and earned numerous book awards. After graduation from law school, Mr. Lazenby clerked for the Honorable Mark A. Pizzo, Magistrate Judge for the Middle District of Florida, and then joined Gray Robinson as an associate in the litigation and creditor’s rights practice.

He is an active member of the Northeast Exchange Club of St. Petersburg, the Old Salts Fishing Foundation, and the First Team, a group of young professionals who provide support and fund raise for the Children’s Dream Fund. Outside of the office, Gill enjoys spending time and traveling with his wife, Ashlyn and son, Benson. He is an avid sports fan and his hobbies include fishing, boating, trivia, and golf.


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Brittney “Paige” Baker

Ms. Baker is a property law attorney who advises clients in real estate transactions and through contract disputes. She is licensed to practice in all State Courts in the State of Florida, as well as the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida. Prior to joining Ellison Lazenby, Ms. Baker was associate in-house counsel for a real estate investment trust.

Ms. Baker is a Texas native and graduate of Stetson University College of Law. While in law school, Ms. Baker clerked for the Honorable Judge Amy Williams in Florida’s Sixth Judicial Circuit Court, and was an Editor on the The Journal of International Aging Law & Policy. Ms. Baker also served as President of the Stetson Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Association, and received the William F. Blews pro bono service award for her work with the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of the Florida Bar.


Darah Kaplan

Darah Kaplan

Ms. Kaplan is a civil litigation attorney assisting the firm in banking, business, and real estate litigation matters. She is licensed to practice in all State Courts in the State of Florida, as well as the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida. Prior to joining Ellison | Lazenby, Ms. Kaplan was in-house counsel for an insurance company where she handled first and third-party litigation claims.

Ms. Kaplan is a Tampa Bay native and a graduate of Stetson University College of Law. While in law school she also obtained her Master of Business Administration. She also served as the Treasurer of both the Environmental Law Society and the Jewish Law Students Association. She obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Florida, where she majored in Marketing and minored in Entrepreneurship.


Kristen Mella

Kristen Mella

Kristen Mella handles transactional matters, including real estate, financing, and business sales/acquisitions. Ms. Mella also advises clients on general corporate matters. Prior to Joining Ellison Lazenby, Ms. Mella worked in the mergers and acquisitions sector, where she counseled corporate clients undergoing mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures.

She is licensed to practice law in Florida and New York.

Ms. Mella is a New York native. She relocated to Florida to attend the University of Miami, where she obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Studies and History. After earning her Bachelor’s degree, Ms. Mella obtained her Juris Doctor from the University of Miami School of Law.

Ms. Mella is passionate about animals and spends her free time volunteering and fostering animals residing at the Hillsborough County animal shelter.

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