Andrew D. Ellis is Counsel to the Firm, specializing both in real estate and start-up transactions, the latter arising out of his participation as an executive or consultant in various real estate and Internet start-ups over the last 15 years. In real estate, Andrew has worked on commercial office, retail, discount shopping, and warehouse leasing; management agreements; construction/architect/design agreements; and acquisitions, sales, and financing of real estate assets. In the start-up arena, Andrew has provided assistance in writing and restructuring partnership agreements. He has also represented clients in the hospitality, food service, and property management industries.
Much of Andrew’s current practice is devoted to advising clients on alternative solutions to pressing business problems that are not addressed in any-then extant agreements or documents. Often these problems arise in unforeseen or unforeseeable circumstances. The solutions require both creativity and transactional experience and the ability to bring conflicting parties to “workable,” if not ideal, solutions.
Previously, Andrew served as Counsel to Wolff & Samson (now Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi) and Stern, Lavinthal & Frankenberg, LLC, and as an Associate at Hertzog, Calamari & Gleason and Shaw Pittman (now the Pillsbury law firm). Andrew has also served as Counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on the Budget; Legislative Assistant to U.S. Sen. Howard H. Baker, Jr., (R-Tenn.); Counsel to the Joint Maritime Congress; and as an Arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association.
Separate and apart from the practice of law, Andrew is a founder of Metro Meeting, a day conference facility in Boston, MA, and a consultant to the Conference Center Group, a consulting firm in Wallingford, CT, that advises owners and operators of hotel and conference center facilities on sales, marketing, and operating improvements. Andrew is also one of the founders of Koodbee, LLC, an online social gaming system, and an owner of Segal Productions, LLC, a producer of television pilots.
Andrew earned his B.A. from Columbia University and his J.D. from Columbia Law School. He is admitted to practice in New Jersey.