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Ralph Ellinwood Born in Tucson in 1944, Mr. Ellinwood is the eldest of the fourth generation territorial family. His great-grandfather E. E. Ellinwood moved to Arizona in 1890.  E. E. Ellinwood was a lawyer of prominence in Arizona, a United States Attorney, a district attorney, a member of the Arizona Constitutional Convention, candidate for Governor, and member of the Arizona Board of Regents among many honors. Mr. Ellinwood’s maternal grandfather, Harry O. Juliani,   a founder of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, was also a lawyer who took a special interest in cases of immigrants and underrepresented people in their struggle for individual rights and fair treatment.  Mr. Ellinwood’s uncle, John C. Ellinwood, was a distinguished member of a prominent Phoenix law firm for many years.



Mr. Ellinwood received Martindale-Hubble’s highest rating of AV. An AV rating represents the reputation Mr. Ellinwood holds as demonstrated by excellent opinions held by lawyers and judges in the community.  The AV rating is the top rating for competence, experience and ethics.  Mr. Ellinwood also has been selected as a Super Lawyer© for Arizona and New Mexico from 2008 to present.  

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Mr. Ellinwood brings to the firm 39 years of experience in the most demanding aspects of trial practice.  He has been an elected District Attorney, Public Defender, and private lawyer in Tucson and rural southwestern New Mexico. He has tried well over 200 cases to juries.  Mr. Ellinwood has handled capital cases.  He has extensive experience in the defense of accusations of sexual misconduct and internet or computer sex crimes.  Mr. Ellinwood’s experience qualifies him to manage and try complex cases including white-collar criminal accusations, accusations of fraud, and accusations of financial crimes. 


In cases involving sex offenses and child pornography, Mr. Ellinwood associates with Mr. Richard Lougee, also an AV rated lawyer and a Super Lawyer in Arizona.


Mr. Ellinwood has been a long-term member of the Board of Governors of Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice a statewide criminal defense lawyer organization.  In 2003, Mr. Ellinwood had the great honor to be the AACJ president. He also has taught legal writing at the University of Arizona law school.  Mr. Ellinwood is also a member of Pima County’s Canoa Ranch Community Trust/Oversight Committee, and is a former member of the Tucson Convention Center oversight committee.


Mr. Ellinwood may be retained as counsel in investigations prior to any offense being charged. While Mr. Ellinwood's practice consists primarily of criminal defense matters, he also accepts personal injury cases, plaintiff’s legal malpractice cases, contract drafting and disputes, and wills and probate matters.

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