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Committed to Quality Personal Legal Service

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Decades Of Quality Service Right Here In Eastern Kentucky

From our office in Morehead, our team at Dehner and Ellis is here to provide experienced legal guidance with a range of legal services involving civil litigation, personal injury, commercial and business transactions, insurance disputes, real estate, probate and estate matters. 

Our Practice Areas


Civil Litigation

Our experience involving civil litigation is extensive. We have handled lawsuits in almost every county in eastern Kentucky and conducted jury trials throughout the region. This experience includes claims for personal injury, automobile accidents, wrongful death, premises liability and insurance related litigation. We have also resolved hundreds of civil lawsuits through negotiation and mediation without the necessity of a jury trial.


Wills, Trusts, Estate Planning and Probate

We offer Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney and other instruments to fit our clients’ needs. We provide our clients sophisticated estate planning to protect their assets, and we handle the entire estate administration process from beginning to end.


Business And Commercial Law

We are experienced in all aspects of corporate and limited liability company formation. We regularly represent buyers, sellers, and lenders in business transactions from the most basic to multi-million dollar transactions. 


Real Estate Law

We have the largest real estate practice in the area. We represent numerous lenders, buyers and sellers in commercial and residential real estate transactions. We offer a full scope of real estate services, including title examinations, title insurance, document preparation, and real estate closings.

Attorneys Offering More Than 80 Years Of Combined Legal Experience Throughout Eastern Kentucky

Whether you are seeking a trusted hand in securing compensation for an accident or injury, assistance with the sale or purchase of real estate, guidance with regard to commercial or business transactions, or experienced advice in estate planning or administration, at Dehner and Ellis, we are committed to providing quality professional and confidential legal services for our clients.

Our founding attorneys, Truman Dehner and John J. Ellis, have dedicated their careers to providing quality professional legal services for their clients, and have built a law firm and support team with the same high level of dedication.

Meet Our Attorneys



Truman Dehner graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1970, and from the University of Kentucky College of Law with a Juris Doctorate degree in 1971. He has practiced law in Morehead, Kentucky since 1972, serving as Commonwealth’s Attorney from 1978-1993. His Martindale-Hubbell peer review rating is AV*, the highest rating an attorney can receive for legal ability and ethical standards, and he has been honored by his peers as a Fellow of The American College of Trial Lawyers. His current areas of practice are: Real Estate; Corporate and Commercial Transactions; Wills, Trusts, Estate Planning and Probate Administration. 



John Ellis is a graduate of Morehead State University and received his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Louisville College of Law in 1985. In law school he won both the moot court and appellate brief writing competitions. For almost 35 years Mr. Ellis has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in civil litigation, including personal injury and wrongful death, and has tried cases throughout Eastern Kentucky. His Martindale-Hubbell peer review rating is AV Preeminent, the highest rating an attorney can receive for legal ability and ethical standards. In addition to being admitted to practice in all Kentucky Courts, Mr. Ellis is also admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court Eastern District of Kentucky and the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. His areas of practice include: Civil Litigation, Insurance Defense, Personal Injury, Wrongful Death, Wills and Probate Administration. 

Personal Commitment And Attention To Your Case

The Dehner and Ellis Law Group

At Dehner and Ellis, you’ll come to know our attorneys personally. You’ll also get to know our knowledgeable paralegals and administrative team that have been a vital part of Dehner and Ellis for decades. Together, we provide experienced guidance and personal attention to assist you in your legal matters.

Put the team at Dehner and Ellis to work for you.

Call us at 606-783-1504, or message us using the contact form below.