About Hornthal, Riley, Ellis & Maland, L.L.P.
Committed to serving residents of this area, the firm maintains offices in Elizabeth City and Nags Head. The firm is widely recognized as the area’s leading law firm and home to some of the most highly regarded North Carolina attorneys. Former HREM attorneys include two State Superior Court Judges and a sitting Federal Judge. Current attorneys include former Presidents of the North Carolina State Bar, the North Carolina Bar Association, and the North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys. Beyond the firm’s commitment to state-wide service, members of the firm consistently occupy numerous leadership positions in their communities including serving as Presidents and as Board Members for local non-profits, civic clubs schools, and churches.
Looking forward, Hornthal, Riley, Ellis and Maland will continue to counsel each client as if they were our only client. We will remain committed to excellence and integrity, while adapting to the growing and ever-changing needs of our practice areas and clients. We will seek new opportunities and employ new strategies, while recognizing that the guidance we provide to our clients has an immediate impact on our cities, counties, and region.
The History of The Firm
J. Kenyon Wilson, Sr. began practicing in Elizabeth City in 1906 with the firm known as Thompson & Wilson. He later practiced with his son, J. Kenyon Wilson, Jr. in the firm of Wilson & Wilson from about 1941 until the senior Wilson’s death in 1958. M. H. Hood Ellis joined the firm in 1975 and the firm became known as Wilson & Ellis.
In 1920, J. Henry LeRoy started the Elizabeth City law firm that eventually became LeRoy, Wells & Shaw. In February 1979 the firm moved into its present building at 301 East Main Street in Elizabeth City.
On October 1, 1985, the LeRoy and Wilson law firms merged. The new firm was named Hornthal, Riley, Ellis & Maland. The law firm opened a branch office in Kitty Hawk in February 1989. In March 1991, the Kitty Hawk office was moved to its present location at 2502 S. Croatan Highway, Milepost 10, Nags Head. On August 1, 2005, Charles W. Ogletree of Columbia, NC merged his practice with Hornthal, Riley, Ellis & Maland.