Theodore F. Ells

Of Counsel

Location: 551 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10176
Phone: 212-661-5030
Direct: 203-315-5054
Email: Email Me
vCard: Add contact information to your vCard compatible address book.

Ted Ells practices law in the areas of Trust and Estates and Real Estate as a sole practitioner in New York and Connecticut. Previously he was a senior partner in the New York City law firm of Craig & Ells for twenty years. Prior to that he served for 13 years as Assistant General Counsel and International Counsel for U.S. Industries, Inc. where he practiced in the areas of securities, corporate, acquisitions and dispositions, International law and supervisory work of foreign subsidiaries. Prior to joining U.S. Industries he was an Associate at Patterson, Belknap Webb & Tyler and before that with Seward & Kissel. He began his legal career in New Haven, CT with the firm of Tyler, Cooper & Alcorn practicing in the trusts and estates field.

Mr. Ells is a member of the New York State, Connecticut and New Haven County Bar Associations. He has served on the New York Bar Association’s International Law Committee and on the Elder Law Committee of the Brooklyn Bar Association. He is a member of the Estates & Probate Section of the Connecticut Bar Association and served on the Committee for Continuing Education. He founded and chaired the Estates and Probate Committee of the New Haven County Bar Association.

Mr. Ells is a public member of the Connecticut Real Estate Commission as a gubernatorial appointee. He is Chairman of the Branford CT Board of Ethics, an elected member of the Stony Creek Association where he serves as Chairman of the Legal and Zoning Committee. He is Vice President of the Stony Creek Museum and a member of the Advisory Board of the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation where he served as Chairman and as a Trustee for 15 years. He is a Deacon of the Church of Christ, Congregational in Stony Creek, CT.

Mr. Ells has served as executor and trustee of a number of estates and trusts. He practices before the Surrogates Courts of New York, Kings and Westchester Counties.

He has served as Chairman and Trustee of the Brooklyn Youth Chorus Academy, in Brooklyn, NY; President and a Governor of the Heights Casino (a squash & tennis club) in Brooklyn, and President and Trustee of the New England Society in the City of Brooklyn. Mr. Ells served for 13 years as Clerk of Session of the First Presbyterian Church of Brooklyn, member of the Permanent Judicial Commission of the Presbytery of New York City and Trustee of the Charles E. Innis St. Joseph Franciscan House for Homeless Men in Brooklyn. He served as Chairman of the Music School in Brooklyn. He was a Director of the Branford Land Trust and founded the Montague Promenades, a dancing school for children, in Brooklyn.

In addition, after law school, Mr. Ells served in the Connecticut Army National Guard in the Office of the Adjutant General.

Areas of Practice

  • Trusts and Estates
  • Real Estate
  • Family Law

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut
  • New York


  • U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut, 1967


  • University of Virginia Law School
    • LL.B. – 1964, cum laude 
  • Amherst College
    • B.A. – 1961