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Robert “Bob” J. Ellis, Jr.

Bob Ellis is an of counsel attorney at Jason Williams + Associates. Bob serves various businesses as General Counsel and provides in-house counsel to client companies on corporate law, government compliance, and business development. As an expert litigator, he fights to earn client victories. His successful litigation garnered multi-million-dollar awards and favorable settlements for clients in state and federal court. Bob also leverages his seasoned expertise in government relations, crisis management, and business development to guide client companies and executive leadership teams in corporate growth, strategic planning, and executive decision-making.

About Robert

Bob Ellis is an of counsel attorney at Jason Williams + Associates. Bob serves various businesses as General Counsel and provides in-house counsel to client companies on corporate law, government compliance, and business development. As an expert litigator, he fights to earn client victories. His successful litigation garnered multi-million-dollar awards and favorable settlements for clients in state and federal court. Bob also leverages his seasoned expertise in government relations, crisis management, and business development to guide client companies and executive leadership teams in corporate growth, strategic planning, and executive decision-making.

As a 22-year veteran of the legal profession, Bob built an enduring reputation for winning within multiple industries. With a foundation cemented in government relations, he influenced corporate initiatives and legal frameworks in the healthcare, maritime, hospitality, finance, banking, and construction industries. Through consultation and legal representation, Bob provides clients with expert general counsel in all phases of business development and wide-ranging legal support in insurance, environmental “toxic tort”, general defense, and permitting and zoning. 

Along with providing sage counsel and legal oversight for client companies, Bob remains actively engaged in local government and executive committees as an elected leader and board member in the Greater New Orleans Area. Bob is also a registered lobbyist, a staunch advocate for small business development, and a proven market influencer across the Gulf Coast.

Practice Areas

General Counsel
Government Relations
Government Law
Regulatory Compliance
State & Federal Litigation
Crisis Management
Business Development
The Stafford Act and HUD CDBG grant programs
Permits & Zoning

Q&A

 What has been the biggest turning point in your career? 

After Hurricane Katrina, I received a call from the City Attorney’s office in New Orleans while in Houston informing me that I had been designated essential and that I was to return to the city immediately.  I returned to a city that was decimated.  At night, the once lively city filled with laughter and crowds was dark and quiet and, because of the condition of my home, I lived on a cruise ship.  At that time, I was responsible for litigation, but with no court, I questioned what I would be doing.  However, because I had knowledge of the various departments’ operations  I was able to assist the rebuilding of the City.  The daily interaction assisting citizens and business owners to get back home was life-changing for me. 

What’s your best advice for clients embarking on a legal journey?

When seeking legal counsel, most likely there is already a matter or issue that is the cause of stress for the client, whether business or personal.  Find an attorney that gives you confidence and relieves some of the burden.

How did you decide to go down the path of being a lawyer? 

Growing up, I was always up for a debate and that carried on through college and into law school. 

What is your motivation for going on in spite of adversity? 

Every problem and issue has a solution regardless of the facts and situation; therefore, I remain positive while working to solve the problem of my clients.

What has been your compass in life? 

My faith in God.  I believe that everything will work out.

How do you like to navigate tough decisions?

When I am faced with a challenge, I take a step back, because quick responses are not always the best especially when dealing with complicated issues.  I like to develop a strategy at the outset and constantly review it and make necessary changes as the matter develops.

Who/what has helped you most along your professional journey?  

There have been many individuals that have helped me including other attorneys, my friends, and family; that support base along with remaining optimistic fuels my journey.

What do clients need to know most before deciding on any particular direction? 

Clients need to understand and agree with the strategy and, equally as important, have an alternative based upon possible outcomes. 

What is your proudest legal legacy? 

My reputation in New Orleans is that of a problem solver, which I earned during my years at the City Attorney’s office by helping citizens accomplish their goals.  The best part of my job is I get to serve my clients, in the same way, every day working for them. 

What differentiates you from other lawyers? 

I listen to my clients to assess their needs and provide solutions.  The majority of the time when a potential client needs a consultation, they don’t need to be retold the problem again, they want a solution.

Education

Juris Doctorate – Loyola University
Master of Business Administration (MBA) – Loyola University
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science – University of Texas

Strengths

Why Bob?

    • Knows Government Speak. 22 years of experience in government and professional legal cases. Proven partnership-building skills in working with government and business.  Litigation expertise in state and federal court appearances.
    • Navigates Government Bureaucracy. Recognized achievement at the city, state, and appellate levels. Aggressive motions and defense practiced as Deputy City Attorney and General Counsel for major corporations. Removed government obstacles to ensure growth and profitable successes.
    •  Drives Business Growth. Led startup businesses and entrepreneurial client companies to profitable growth with multi-million-dollar earnings. Captured 8-figure growth through city initiatives and masterminding business solutions that generated multi-market expansion.
    • Crisis Management Expert. Led client companies through crisis management and recovery processes following natural disasters, fraudulent claims, and liability exposures. Developed strategies to ensure favorable results for clients and ignite post-crisis resurgence.
  • Big Resolution. Resolved outstanding tax cases and delivered judgments gaining $45M for city funding.
  • Profitable Plans. Engineered innovative business plan to capitalize on state and federal tax credits. Generated multi-million-dollar returns and catapulted revenue to eclipse $6M in 2 years.
  • Written the Laws.  Special Tax Counsel to the City of New Orleans. Lobbied on behalf of the city sales and use tax laws to include Uniform Tax Code passage.

Ruled on the Laws. Experience as a former Administrative Law Judge and trainer for new Administrative Law Judges.

Bar Admissions

Louisiana State & Federal Bar
Texas State & Federal Bar

Awards

Speeches and Authorship