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Makana A. Ellis

Makana A. Ellis



Makana Ellis represents clients in mass tort and product liability matters, including pharmaceutical, medical device, toxic tort litigation, and health care litigation. Additionally, Makana assists with construction litigation and transactional matters across the Northeast.

Makana has substantial courtroom experience representing corporations, towns, and individuals in litigation. Makana previously worked as a public defender at the Bridgeport G.A. 2 Courthouse, and before that, she served as a clerk at the New Haven J.D. Superior Courthouse.

Earlier in her career, Makana worked at Yale University as the inaugural director of the Dixwell-Yale Community Learning Center, where she developed and implemented educational programs for New Haven residents. Makana is the 2021–2022 president of the George W. Crawford Black Bar Association and serves on the Christian Community Action Inc. board of directors.

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Connecticut Bar Association
    • Legislative Policy and Review Committee (2021–present)
  • New Haven County Bar Association
    • Executive Committee (2021-Present)
  • George W. Crawford Black Bar Association
    • President (2021–present)
    • President-Elect (2020–2021)
    • Secretary (2019–2020)
  • Connecticut Hate Crimes Advisory Council
    • Council Member (2021–present)
  • Christian Community Action Inc.
    • Board of Directors (2017–present)
    Juvenile Review Board of New Haven
    • Former Volunteer Panel Member
    ​Sickle Cell Disease Association of America, Southern CT Chapter
    • Former Member, Board of Directors
  • Yale Club of New Haven
    • Former Member, Board of Directors
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.


  • University of New Hampshire School of Law (J.D., 2012)
  • Yale University (2005)
Bar Admissions
  • Connecticut
  • New York
  • Spanish
Court Admissions
  • Connecticut State Courts
  • New York State Courts
  • Hon. Karen A. Goodrow, New Haven J.D. Superior Court


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