M.H. Hood Ellis


Phone: 252-338-5862
Fax: 252-335-4223
301 East Main Street, Elizabeth City, NC 27909


Marissa Fox (Legal and Closing Assistant)
Tracy Spruill (Paralegal and Title Examiner)

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Hood’s practice encompasses a wide range of civil litigation and real estate matters.  He represents developers, lenders, businesses, families, and individuals in real estate transactions, both residential and commercial.  His extensive trial experience includes real estate litigation, construction litigation, personal injury, and business litigation, representing both entities and individuals. Hood also provides guidance to local municipalities and has served as the Town Attorney for the Town of Edenton since 2007.  His practice also includes representing homeowners and other common-interest communities such as Corolla Light Community Association, Inc. and The Currituck Club Property Owners Association, Inc.


  • Wake Forest University (J.D., cum laude, 1975)
    • Wake Forest Law Review, Editor
    • Phi Delta Phi
  • North Carolina State University (B.S., with high honors, 1972)
    • Tau Beta Pi
    • Phi Kappa Phi

Honors & Distinctions

  • NCDRC Certified Superior Court Mediator
  • Martindale-Hubbell “AV” rating
  • North Carolina Bar Association General Practice Hall of Fame, Inductee (2005)
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers (2013)


  • Note, Assignments Which Purport to Assign an Entire Executory Bilateral Contract, 10 Wake Forest Law Review 179 (1974).

Bar & Affiliations

  • North Carolina State Bar
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • First Judicial District Bar, Past President
  • North Carolina State Bar Disciplinary Hearing Commission
  • North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys
  • North Carolina State Board of Elections (1989-93, Former Chairman)

Personal & Community

  • St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
  • Lawrence Academy Board of Trustees, Past Chairman
  • Elizabeth City Rotary Club