Attorneys you can trust to fight for you. Experienced and aggressive representation you can count on.
Our Philosophy
Our partners have been practicing law since the 1970’s, and for the past 34 years, Sher, Cummings and Ellis has focused on providing the highest caliber representation for our clients.
Our Mission
We treat our clients like they are part of the family, and as a result, most of our work comes from referrals of past clients. We are dedicated and responsive advocates who will work with you to achieve the best possible result in your case.



Criminal Defense

Includes felonies, sex crimes, possession of controlled substances, assault and battery, and serious traffic matters including hit-and-run, DWI, and accident related offenses.

Personal Injury

Serious injuries resulting from the intentional or negligent acts of another.

Wrongful Death

Loss of life resulting from the negligence of another.

White Collar Crimes

Crimes includes violation of federal law, fraud, insider trading and tax evasion.

Civil & Commercial

Includes breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, conversion, fraud, business disputes and other civil causes of action.

Legal Malpractice

The delivery of substandard care or services by a lawyer, resulting in monetary damages to a client.


Defense and initiation of claims of libel in the media and other forums.

Estate Administration

Work with clients to secure their estate planning objectives and to preserve estate assets for future generations and charities.

Hire the lawyers who teach other lawyers how to practice law.

Mark Cummings is an adjunct professor at George Mason University Law School and has taught Virginia Practice, Virginia Remedies, and Health Law since 2000. He was recently selected by the Virginia Supreme Court to serve as faculty on the Virginia State Bar mandatory Professionalism Course. David Sher served as Chair of the Arlington Bar Association’s Continuing Legal Education Committee, and was awarded special recognition for his outstanding service.


David Sher


Mr. Sher started his career as a prosecutor for the Arlington County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office and is famous for his dogged prosecution of a “cop killer,” as well as other serious felonies. One of his notable civil cases was against the Federal Republic of Germany on behalf of a Holocaust survivor.

Mark Cummings


Mr. Cummings began his career representing W. Mark Felt in the FBI civil rights conspiracy trial, and also worked toward the subsequent pardon by President Reagan. Mr. Cummings has been consistently recognized as an outstanding trial lawyer by his peers and legal publications.

Adam Collins


Adam has several years of experience as a Paralegal with Rees Broome PC.  He is a graduate of Scalia Law School, and focuses on criminal and civil litigation.

“When we needed legal help, Sher, Cummings and Ellis really delivered. We needed help fast – and from Washington state! It was a complex and immediate legal issue that could have resulted in tragedy for our son who was serving in the Army at Arlington, Virginia. Sher, Cummings and Ellis as well as their investigator are forever in our hearts, with a big thank you!”

T.H. Family, SC&E Client