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Robert Joseph Ellis Jr

Government Attorney at New Orleans, LA

5.0   9 reviews
  • State Years
    Texas - TX 18 years
    Louisiana - LA 25 years
  • Licensed for 18 years
    State TX
    Acquired 2005
    Eligible to Practice in Texas No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 25 years
    State LA
    Acquired 1999
    Eligible to Practice Law No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Robert

Learn Robert’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Government
    Dealing with the City of New Orleans, surrounding Parishes, and the State of Louisiana from litigation, permitting, compliance, sales taxes, alcohol beverage permits, representing clients before the council and commissions, zoning, and contracting.

    25 years

  2. Business
    Serve as general counsel to small and medium businesses doing business in Louisiana and Texas overseeing the Board of Directors, handling compliance to litigation.

    18 years

  3. Litigation
    General litigation from construction defect cases, corporate litigation.

    25 years

  4. Administrative law
    Representation in administrative law courts.

    25 years

  5. Criminal defense
    Misdemeanors, Felonies, and DWIs.

    13 years

  6. Tax
    Sales & Use tax, state and local audits, and compliance.

    25 years

Mr. Ellis graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1994 and returned home to attend Loyola University New Orleans law and business graduate schools. While in graduate school, Mr. Ellis worked as the Director of Government Relations for Hibernia National Bank managing the Hibernia People for Good Government Political Action Committee wherein he proposed legislation and worked alongside state and federal legislators. Mr. Ellis graduated with a Juris Doctorate and Masters of Business Administration in May of 1998. After graduating Loyola University, Mr. Ellis began as an attorney working primarily in the area of municipal taxation and finance. In 2002, Mr. Ellis was selected to Chair the New Orleans’ Mayor’s Transition Team Task Force on Sales and Use Tax Collection. Thereafter, he began representing the City of New Orleans in Sales and Use Tax Collection matters as Special Tax Counsel. In 2004, Mr. Ellis became an Assistant City Attorney representing the City in an expanded role. In 2005, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, he was designated as “essential” staff and returned to the City to assist in its rebuilding and recovery. Soon thereafter, Mr. Ellis was promoted to Deputy City Attorney and assigned additional duties in General Litigation, Finance (municipal finance and taxation), and representing the New Orleans Municipal Employees’ Retirement Board. During this time, he also served as an Administrative Law Judgment overseeing proceedings related to blighted housing.  In June 2011, Mr. Ellis resigned from the City to pursue his passion as attorney-entrepreneur.

After leaving the City, Mr. Ellis utilizing the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Investor Pilot Program (EB-5 Program) authored a business take combined the foreign investment funds, with both the Louisiana and Federal solar tax credit programs creating one of Louisiana’s first solar lease programs.  Mr. Ellis oversaw all aspects of the business operations, and, more importantly, qualified for all State and Federal credits afforded under the programs.  During this time, he served as the Vice President and General Counsel of the Uptown Solar Group installing several megawatts on residential homes through Louisiana. 

Thereafter Mr. Ellis assumed the management and direct day-to-day business operations of Gulf Coast Regional Center, L.L.C., a licensed regional center, working to promote economic redevelopment and permanent job creation throughout Louisiana. Identify key focus areas for future investment, including green technology; manufacturing and distribution; coastal redevelopment and reforestation; and sustainable development of mixed-use commercial projects under the guidelines of the EB-5 Program.


Mr. Ellis also serves as General Counsel for a variety of businesses, with a primary focus on corporate law, both established and start-up ventures with expert counsel in all phases of business development.

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Canlas Ellis, LLC
650 Poydras St Ste 2615
New Orleans, LA, 70130-6138
Conroe Office
300 W Davis Street #560
Conroe, TX, 77301
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5.0 / 5.0
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Posted by Alex Ramirez | October 6, 2017
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Produces Results
If you are looking for an attorney who knows the ins and outs of city government look no further than Bob. In my case, Bob was quickly able to resolve a situation where the city unjustly cited me for code enforcement violations. Bob is not afraid to stand up to the powers-to-be in order to get fair results. Its a breath of fresh air to work with an attorney who stays focused on the morality of things.
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Posted by Colin R. Coward | March 4, 2017
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Bob Ellis recovered money stolen from my bank account by Louisiana Department of Resources, Aka Racketeering. For a number of years that I never even lived in Louisiana. I quickly found that LDR staff are a group of unhelpful Arrogant Ass-Holes that almost caused me to wind up homeless. Thankfully Bob was able to resolve this issue.
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Posted by anonymous | November 2, 2016
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Personal tax issues with the state of Louisianan
In 2016 I attempted to renew my driver’s license and was informed that it had been suspended due to failure to file Louisiana state tax returns. I contacted the department of revenue and found they expected me to file tax returns for 2004, 2005, and 2006, which were years I lived in Georgia. After almost 8 months of attempting to handle this issue myself and failing due to typical government red tape and unreasonable expectations, I reached out to Bob. Bob got involved and was able to get everything cleared up within two week! I can attest that when it comes to handling state issues he was very professional, and, in my case, was able to get things done. I would highly recommend him to anyone.
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Posted by Richard | July 20, 2016
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Dependable Counsel with Great Ideas and Strategies
Bob has been my company's general counsel for several years now. He has consistently been on top of issues our firm has faced. His approaches are unique and innovative. I already recommend Bob to my friends.
Posted by Alex | July 18, 2016
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Greatly helped settle an internal corporate conflict!
Bob was critical in dealing with an unsavory internal corporate conflict. His experience as a litigator and dealing with difficult personalities was essential to ensuring the survival of our company. He provides great flexibility, an understanding of corporate strategy, and a willingness to go-to-bat when it counts.
Posted by Troy | July 16, 2016
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Can handle anything.
I have worked with and/or hired Mr. Ellis on many occasions. I would not hesitate to do so again. He has assisted me and my company with issues in such variety as to include problems with City Hall to problems with British Petroleum.
Posted by anonymous | July 15, 2016
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Effectiveness and Integrity
Mr. Ellis' work on my case was exemplary of what a lawyer should be. He was responsive, helpful at every step of the way, dogged in his efforts on my behalf, and was ultimately able to win my case in a swift and decisive manner. Mr. Ellis is what every lawyer should be.
Posted by James | July 15, 2016
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The Best of the Best
Bob Ellis is the best of the best. He has excellent interpersonal skills that have enabled him to develop trusting relationships with an extensive network of players in New Orleans and along the Gulf Coast. Bob is extremely smart and fast on his feet. He is highly creative which enables him to think of reasonable solutions when problems and unique situations arise. Bob is also an excellent public speaker who is very comfortable in the spotlight. I have complete confidence is his abilities and feel very fortunate to be able to call him my lawyer.
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Posted by anonymous | July 8, 2016
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Great Business/Government Lawyer
I have hired Bob Ellis for several complex matters mostly involving issues with the City of New Orleans and State of Louisiana. Bob is aggressive, efficient, and he gets positive results. He helped my business navigate through these complicated matters and I was happy with the results on all three cases. I would highly recommend Bob Ellis to anyone looking for a great business lawyer.
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AVVO RATING 8.6 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Canlas Ellis, LLC
  • 2011 - Present
  • Deputy City Attorney
  • City of New Orleans
  • 2004 - 2011
  • Partner
  • Canlas Ellis, LLC
  • 2002 - 2004
  • Associate
  • Reich, Meeks & Treadaway, LLC
  • 2000 - 2002
  • Associate
  • Aubert & Pajares, LLC
  • 1999 - 2000
  • Clerk
  • Magee & Devereux
  • 1997 - 1999
  • Director of Government Relations
  • Hibernia National Bank
  • 1995 - 1998
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  • Loyola University New Orleans College of Law
  • Doctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)
  • 1998
  • Loyola University New Orleans
  • MA - Masters
  • 1998
  • University of Texas
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1994


  • New Orleans Bar Association
  • Charter Fleur De Lis member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Orleans Republican Parish Executive Committee
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Chair of Government Law
  • 2009 - 2010
  • American Bar Association
  • Vice Chair of the Task Force on Disaster Preparedness
  • 2007 - 2008
  • American Bar Association
  • Chair Elect for Government Law
  • 2006 - 2009
  • American Bar Association
  • Vice Chair of the Governmental Liability Committee
  • 2006 - 2007
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Outstanding City Attorney
  • City of New Orleans - City Attorney's Office
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Government Attorney | Jul 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. When it comes to dealing with the government you need a lawyer who is not afraid to take on the big guy. Bob speaks loudly and carries a big stick. Bob's rare tenacity and intellect have brought his client's great success in protecting their rights."
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New Orleans Government Lawyer Robert Joseph Ellis Jr
Robert Joseph Ellis Jr
Government Attorney
New Orleans, LA
Licensed for 25 years
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