• District of Columbia


  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MS
  • George Washington University Law School, JD, with highest honors
  • U.S. Coast Guard Academy, BS, summa cum laude
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James B. Ellis II

Of Counsel

Washington, DC v. +1.202.772.5993 f. +1.202.772.5994

James Ellis focuses his practice on complex corporate transactions and regulatory matters for clients in the maritime and transportation industry.  Mr. Ellis is an experienced negotiator in both the public and private sectors.  He counsels clients in the following areas:

  • mergers and acquisitions
  • corporate structuring
  • financing
  • transportation regulatory matters

Mr. Ellis has extensive experience in working with all segments of the domestic and international maritime industry.  This experience, combined with his practical, business-oriented approach to dealing with client issues, has allowed him to develop a practice in facilitating transactions involving multiple segments of the industry to achieve client objectives. 

Mr. Ellis was a founder of Dyer Ellis & Joseph, which merged with Blank Rome in 2003.  Prior to this, he served in the U.S. Coast Guard, rising to the rank of commander.  Mr. Ellis also served as deputy U.S. representative to the UN Law of the Sea Conference for transportation issues, and graduated from the prestigious Sloan Fellows Program at MIT.

Mr. Ellis has received the highest possible rating from Martindale-Hubbell.


  • Philadelphia shipyard in the structuring and negotiation of an $850 million transaction for the financing, construction, and operation of 10 product tankers.
  • Hawaiian ferry agency in the negotiation of the financing and construction of two high-speed ferries to serve the Hawaiian Islands.
  • Marine support and transportation services provider in the development of a joint venture to finance and construct the first new double-hull tankers for the U.S. domestic market.
  • Express freight services provider in the development of high speed cargo vessels to serve the international market.