Judge Danny Ellender

First District, Section 2, Division B

Judge Ellender was born February 13, 1963, and is married to Amy.  They have six children: Erin (and husband Taylor), Maggie (and fiancée Nathan), Daniel (and wife Colleen), John, Will and Ann Marie, as well as two grandchildren, William and Luke…and expect many more to come!  They are active members of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Bastrop.


  • Appellate Judge, Second Circuit Court of Appeal, began serving 2023
  • District Judge, Fourth Judicial District Court, Division ‘K’, served 2009-2022
  • Assistant District Attorney, Fourth Judicial District, 2002-2008
  • Federal Indigent Defender Attorney, Western District of LA, 1995-2001
  • Hearing Officer, Fourth Judicial District Court, 1997-1998
  • Private law practice, Ellender Law Firm, 1993-2008
  • Law Clerk / Staff Attorney, Second Circuit Court of Appeal, 1991-1993


  • LSU Law School, Baton Rouge, LA, Juris Doctorate
  • LSU, Baton Rouge, LA, Bachelor of Artsin Speech Communications
  • South Terrebonne High School, Bourg, LA


  • Louisiana Judicial College Board of Governors
  • Judicial Council of the Louisiana Supreme Court
  • Louisiana Supreme Court Committee on Judicial Ethics
  • Louisiana District Judges Association, Executive Committee
  • Louisiana Judicial Leadership Institute
  • Fourth Judicial District Bar Association
  • Shreveport Bar Association
  • Louisiana Bar Association
  • Fred Fudickar American Inn of Court
  • Continuing Legal Education Presenter
  • Village of Mer Rouge, Alderman
  • St. Frederick High School, Board of Directors
  • Northeast Louisiana Red Mass Society
  • Northeast Louisiana Red Cross Board of Directors
  • LSU Ag-Business Leadership Program
  • Leadership Ouachita