Robert Ellis Attorney Profile on UpCounsel
Robert Ellis

Robert Ellis

Corporate Counsel

Seattle
Washington
Licensed in
WA, NY, CA
University of
California at Davis King Hall
School of Law

"Key to the success of our business, he played the role of legal advisor & entrepreneur. "

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Robert Ellis was the general counsel, and managed much of the development activity at a sucessful Seattle, WA based wind energy company. He has been an attorney for 27 years, and has significant experience at sea as a ship's officer, and ashore in management, and project management, roles.

Specialties: General company legal advice, including litigation and transactional work (admiralty, project finance, real estate, renewable energy), management, project management, ship's officer.
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"Positive results and quick turn around time"


Posted on Oct 28, 2016
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"Provided good direction and responsiveness to my needs"


Posted on Sep 21, 2016
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"Excellent experience. Robert is top notch at his profession."

Draft Contracts for Solar Energy Company
Posted on Aug 1, 2016
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"Fast, easy, professional, very well done job."

Contract Review/Drafting/Negotiation
Posted on Jul 10, 2016
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"This was perfect - really fast, thoughtful, the advice I needed and he was clearly well experienced."

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Posted on Sep 3, 2015
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"Sound legal advice and excellent value. I highly recommend working with Robert if he responds to your request for proposal."

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Posted on Jul 24, 2015

Work History

Ridgeline Energy LLC

General Counsel and Vice-President

Jan 2003 - May 2013

As general counsel, helped negotiate project and company purchase and sale, and joint venture, agreements, 350 MWs of wind energy project financings, reviewed and approved all company legal agreements, and selected and managed outside counsel. He originated the sale of Ridgeline to Veolia, S.A., a large French multinational corporation, and helped negotiate and close that sale. He was responsible for the company's risk management and HR functions, the company's business and corporate record keeping, and IT, and built and managed a legal department of seven people. He advised the CEO and president in determining business strategy, fundraising, company organizational structure, and leadership matters.

At one point he oversaw many aspects of project development, from budgeting, critical issues analysis, environmental study, GIS,, engineering design, permitting, and construction. Supervised a legal department of 7 professionals responsible for siting, environmental, permitting, real estate, HR, and regulatory work.

Jan 2003 - May 2013

Coastal Transportation Inc.

Mate

Jan 1998 - Jan 2002

Sailed as mate for Coastal Transportation on freight vessels operating in the North Pacific / Bering Sea.

Jan 1998 - Jan 2002

Western Pioneer

Captain and Chief Mate

Jan 1994 - Jan 2002

Sailed as master and chief mate for Delta Western / Western Pioneer on tugs and freight vessels operating in the North Pacific / Bering Sea and upon Alaskan rivers.

Jan 1994 - Jan 2002

Icicle Seafoods

Mate

Jan 1996 - Jan 1998

Sailed as chief mate of M/V Coastal Star, a 5000 ton seafood freighter and processor operating in the North Pacific.

Jan 1996 - Jan 1998

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Special Agent

Jan 1992 - Jan 1993

Investigation of suspected federal criminal law violations, entailing research, interviewing suspects and witnesses, development and operation of confidential informants, and surveillance activities.

Jan 1992 - Jan 1993

Hancock, Rothert & Bunshoft

Attorney

Jan 1988 - Jan 1991

Attorney for San Francisco, CA law firm (followed partner to open office of Rice, Fowler, Kingsmill, Vance, Flint & Booth in San Francisco in 1990). Skilled in motion and discovery practice, legal research, drafting pleadings and producing report and opinion letters to clients; practice includes successful summary judgment motions in marine insurance excess liability and personal injury cases, trial preparation, arbitration, taking and defending depositions, document discovery, conducting investigations and supervision of support staff. Experienced in marine insurance issues (hull, P & I and excess), insurance fraud, marine pollution, marine regulation, and collision; projects include extensive report to London excess insurers arising out of the grounding of T/V Exxon Valdez.

Jan 1988 - Jan 1991

Holman, Fenwick and Willan

Law Clerk

Jan 1987 - Jan 1987

Worked at London, England law firm on salvage, cargo subrogation matters arising out of the Iran/ Iraq tanker war, charter party disputes, as well as marine finance transactions, and participated in Lloyd’s, London salvage arbitration; helped instruct and provided litigation support to barristers at civil proceedings in London.

Jan 1987 - Jan 1987

United States Navy

Lieutenant

Jan 1979 - Jan 1985

Sailed in deck, weapons, operations and navigation officer billets on U.S. Navy warships in the Western Pacific and Indian Oceans and supervised over seventy crew members; administered ship repair contracts exceeding seventeen million dollars while supervising and coordinating over two hundred Navy and civilian personnel.

Jan 1979 - Jan 1985

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