David Bruening
We strive to meet our clients’ needs by providing sound legal advice in the areas of intellectual property, media and communications law and contracts. We pride ourselves on our ability to lead clients through important entertainment law related decisions while protecting their interests from a business standpoint. Our attorney representatives frequently explore future alternatives to maximize profit-making opportunities for clients. We negotiate and draft recording, production, publishing, songwriter, management, producer, soundtrack, video, partnership, agency, investor, endorsement, licensing, merchandising, performance, touring, internet, new media, film, motion picture, television contracts, agreements and deals. We also handle copyrights, trademarks, set up of businesses, corporations, partnerships, etc
Our firm is proud to be able defend the civil rights of our clientele in a practice that covers employment discrimination, disability rights and First Amendment Law. The attorneys at Elliott & Davis are dedicated protecting civil rights everywhere. Our personal commitments to community involvement and public life reflect that passion. It is our professional mission to take this passion and use it to vigorously advocate for our clients. We are working to eradicate discrimination by bringing suits on behalf of clients who have faced discrimination on the basis of race, religion, national origin, gender or disability status. We are also working to fight for freedom of speech by bringing suits on behalf of clients whose First Amendment rights have been violated.
Our firm delivers sound legal advice and creative business solutions to help our clients meet all of their corporate needs. We work with a variety of companies ranging from emerging technology enterprises to large nonprofits. We serve as general or special legal advisers to many corporations, as well as partnerships, strategic alliances and joint ventures.

In providing a full range of corporate services, we are focused on working with clients to solve problems and achieve their objectives in the most efficient, effective and time-sensitive manner. Our practice expertise includes corporate governance transactions, with all of the ancillary practice capabilities, finance, real estate, private equity and venture capital.


Litigation is a fact of life that almost every business must deal with. When problems arise in the course of business, sometimes a court of law is the only place parties can turn to adequately resolve the dispute. Whether it’s a contract dispute, a creditor’s rights issue, or a bankruptcy proceeding, the attorneys at Elliott & Davis are prepared to advocate on behalf of your business. We are firmly committed to working with you every step of the way to ensure that your business receives the highest quality of legal representation.
James Tallman - Elliott & Davis, PC  
Civil litigation encompasses a range of different legal issues, including everything from breach of contract, to personal injury, to sexual harassment. That’s why Elliott & Davis’s civil litigation practice is founded on the diversity of its attorneys’ experiences, abilities, and expertise. We take very seriously the rights of our clients and apply the highest standards of professionalism to ensure that their rights are vindicated. Our civil litigation practice includes: personal injury, workers’ compensation, employment discrimination, breach of contract, civil rights litigation, and landlord-tenant disputes.

Our civil litigators, left, from top to bottom, Todd Elliott, James Tallman, and Jeff Morris

Whether you are an employee in need of legal assistance or business entity seeking help drafting documents, we are prepared to consult with you on any number of employment law matters. Our practice encompasses a broad range of employment law issues. We represent clients on matters such as workers’ compensation, employment discrimination, Family Medical Leave Act, and unemployment issues. We also work with companies that need assistance in drafting employment agreements, including non-competitive clauses to ensure that needed talent is retained. We are also able to lend help with issues such as workplace disputes and termination of employees.
Estates and Trusts.  We have the knowledge and experience to help clients successfully plan and effectively manage their wills and trusts. Our firm of skilled, caring lawyers is committed to providing excellent legal work accompanied by outstanding client service in all aspects of wills, living trusts, other trusts, and probate. At Elliott & Davis, we recognize all of the work our clients have done to obtain their assets, which is why we work our hardest to secure them. We guarantee work of the highest quality and are dedicated to giving all of your legal matters the respectful, thoughtful care you deserve.

Guardianships.  Our firm also understands the delicate nature of guardianships.  Our attorneys have over a decade of experience in this realm and are skilled and caring in understanding the needs of family members when it comes to initiating and assisting in guardianship proceedings.  Whether an elderly loved  one needs assistance with daily living and care or an incapacitated child needs a guardianship platform to ensure proper care, rest assured we are dedicated to providing the highest quality services for you and your loved one.

Whether you are an individual filing on your own behalf or for family, or a part of a business entity filing on behalf of your employee or potential employee, we are prepared to consult with you to answer all of your questions and assist you through the immigration process. Our practice encompasses both business-related and family-related immigration matters as well as any matters before the immigration court. We represent both individuals and corporations before the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the Immigration Court and the Board of Immigration Appeals. We have experience with employment based temporary visas, including H-1B, L-1, E-1 and O-1 visas as well as employment based labor certifications for green cards. We also assist individuals and family members obtain visas and secure their immigration status in the United States.
Our attorneys have extensive knowledge of both the legal challenges that nonprofits face and the day-to-day workings of nonprofit corporations. The basis for successful representation of any client is an understanding the client’s special needs and the unique environment in which it operates. At Elliott & Davis, we understand our nonprofit clients. We respect their visions and goals, and we make it our passion to manage all of their legal challenges. We can help our nonprofit clients with everything from applying with the IRS for tax-exempt status to obtaining grants and developing fundraising strategies. We also have experience with charitable giving issues, incorporation and bylaws, fiscal agent agreements and rental agreements.
todd-elliottJames Tallman - Elliott & Davis, PC
We are committed to helping injured clients through their recovery and do our best to ensure that they are able to receive the compensation they deserve. TODD ELLIOTT, pictured left, top, chairs the firm’s injury law section. If you have been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, acts or omissions, you may be entitled to reimbursement for your medical expenses and payment for pain and suffering. We provide professional assistance with matters involving injuries arising out of motor vehicle accidents, slip and fall accidents, defective products and medical malpractice. At Elliott & Davis we understand the impact that an injury can have on you and your family. We are sensitive to the unique issues which you may be facing and can assist you in navigating the maze of legal issues involved and explaining the process you may face in bringing your personal injury lawsuit.

Our lawyers have experience working for insurance companies and understand the way they work and the strategies and techniques often used to settle claims or deny you the compensation you may deserve. We can use that knowledge when preparing your case and dealing with insurance companies and their lawyers. Before talking with an insurance company about the settlement of your claim, you should contact a knowledgeable attorney who can assist you in making decisions about what is in your best interest in regard to your personal matter. If you have already talked to an insurance company it is even more important that you get in touch with an attorney who can explain to you your rights.

JAMES TALLMAN, pictured left, bottom, has practiced for 20 years in state and federal court, with depth of experience in personal injury litigation, construction disputes, and business law matters.

We are prepared to offer comprehensive representation in most real estate matters. This can range from a simple closing to complex litigation. Our firm is prepared to assist you with any real estate purchase transaction from start to finish. We can guide you through a wide variety of residential and commercial real estate transactions and offer practical advice along the way. We have experience in construction law and can advise clients with respect to regulations that govern private construction and in contracting with public entities. We are also prepared to advise clients on a variety of landlord/tenant issues.
Our firm has experience helping clients engage in estate planning.  You should talk to a lawyer sooner rather than later in this area, before you are probating a will; death announcements and certificates; estate inventory and tax considerations; estate payments and asset distribution; and thinking about asset protection after it is too late.
Our firm delivers smart, efficient solutions to help your organization with all of its technology-related needs. Technological changes present business with new challenges and exciting possibilities. At Elliott & Davis, we offer sound legal advice and clear strategic vision in order to help you adapt to these changes and maximize gains for your organization. We have assisted emerging technology enterprises and various corporations and nonprofit organizations with issues relating to technology. Our attorneys specialize in assisting clients with issues relating to technology licensing, information technology, commercial websites, copyright, trademarks, and new media.
Our attorneys have had years of experience with helping clients with matters related to raising equity financing, including debt, convertible debt, stock sales, private placements and crowd funding. I’m happy to pay for the work per our usual course of business. Like always, the sooner the changes can be made the better.
Social enterprise is one of the most up and coming trends in business today. While a traditional business structure works toward a shareholder-driven bottom-line, social enterprise aims to serve a philanthropic purpose by working toward an objective that promotes society and the environment while still retaining profitability. Social enterprise varieties are plentiful and may be shaped to fit any business’s needs. They may be for-profit or non-profit and span a number of corporate structures. A social enterprise can benefit any company that wishes to do well while doing good for the community. Whether you’re just starting out, looking to change directions in your business, or in the market to position yourself for a merger or acquisition, Elliott & Davis, PC has the tools to help you choose and nurture a business structure that’s right for you.
In a competitive, high-tech economy, businesses must do everything they can to distinguish themselves. Trademarks and service marks are the most powerful and effective tools businesses can use in meeting this goal. Through its trademark practice, Elliott & Davis helps its business clients take the steps necessary to gain legal protection for their valuable brands and corporate identities. We are prepared to help our clients navigate the processes for both state registration with the appropriate state office and federal registration with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. From initial searches and inquiries to the formal application process, we provide our clients with innovative, customized legal services that make sense from a bottom-line perspective.