Managing Partner: Leslie C Packer
Number of partners: 19
Number of lawyers: 30
Ellis & Winters LLP was established in 2000 as a boutique firm concentrating in complex litigation and commercial real estate. The firm’s lawyers have been called upon in some of the most noteworthy disputes and transactions in North Carolina and across the United States. The lawyers at Ellis & Winters provide legal services to more than 30 members of the Fortune 500. With offices in Raleigh and Greensboro, North Carolina, the firm continues to attract and recruit
Main Areas of Practice:
■ Complex Commercial Litigation
■ Commercial Real Estate
■ Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights
Complex Commercial Litigation:
Ellis & Winters is recognized as a leader in complex commercial litigation. The firm has handled complex business cases, such as corporate control disputes, securities matters, antitrust cases, franchise disputes, and telecommunications matters. In addition, the firm has litigated a wide variety of cases that involve alleged breaches of contract, fraud, and unfair trade practices. Its attorneys have experience removing cases to federal court, or to the recently expanded North Carolina business court, and litigating them to a conclusion. The firm has experience before state and federal administrative agencies, as well as such arbitral tribunals as the AAA, NASD, NYSE, and ICC.
Contact: Alex J Hagan
Commercial Real Estate:
Ellis & Winters offers comprehensive services in commercial and residential real estate development. The firm represents local, national, and regional institutions in transactions throughout the state and region. The real estate development practice includes economic development projects, entity formation, acquisition, leasing, and financing. Previous representations include buyers and sellers of real estate ranging from owners of farm tracts for raw land development to shopping center and office park developers. Experience representing both lenders and borrowers in sophisticated real estate financing projects has provided the firm with the ability to assist clients in understanding all sides of financial transactions. Transactional attorneys at Ellis & Winters represent banks and other financial institutions in a wide variety of secured and unsecured commercial and corporate lending transactions.
As a member of the lender’s team, the firm provides efficient and timely representation to serve the needs of the client’s customers. Previous experience includes a broad array of transactions, including real estate construction loans, revolving credit facilities, term loans, and complex syndicated facilities. Ellis & Winters provides full-service representation to lending clients, including creditor representation in loan workouts and bankruptcy matters.
Contact: Michael G Winters
The lawyers at Ellis & Winters have extensive experience in helping clients win antitrust lawsuits and avoid civil litigation and criminal prosecution. The firm’s lawyers have handled civil cases involving alleged price fixing, customer allocations, monopolization, resale price maintenance, and other competition-related claims. Ellis & Winters lawyers have defended complex matters, including class actions, with stakes in the hundreds of millions of dollars. The firm has also helped corporate clients recover millions of dollars in damages they have suffered because of other companies’ antitrust violations. Ellis & Winters lawyers have handled sensitive matters in which the federal or state antitrust enforcers have alleged criminal conspiracies to fix prices or allocate customers. In these matters, the firm helped clients interact effectively with the government lawyers. The group has also assisted clients to protect their rights during grand jury investigations.
Contact: Stephen D Feldman
Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights:
Members of the bankruptcy and creditors’ rights team at Ellis & Winters integrate their substantial depth of transactional and litigation experience in commercial real estate development and finance, corporate and securities, and mergers and acquisitions to guide real estate and business creditors, investors, and equity holders to the best outcomes in pre-bankruptcy, bankruptcy and adversary proceedings. The firm has comprehensive experience in this field, which includes representation in Bankruptcy Court, foreclosures, restructurings and workouts. The team’s specific experience includes representation of secured creditors in chapter 11 cases and other proceedings in federal bankruptcy courts; negotiation and implementation of forbearance, subordination, and intercreditor agreements; negotiation and documentation of Debtor-in-Possession (DIP) financing; actions to dispose of property under the Uniform Commercial Code; prosecution of and defense against challenges to the security interests, liens and claims of secured creditors; and advising asset-based lenders and real estate lenders regarding foreclosures, receiverships, workouts and restructurings outside of bankruptcy.
Contact: Charles N Anderson, Jr