Retired Partner

Barnes Ellis


Barnes Ellis is a retired partner no longer practicing law. To connect with a litigation attorney, please click here.

Barnes Ellis is a retired partner of the firm who practiced in the area of complex business litigation.


  • Harvard Law School, LL.B., 1964, magna cum laude
  • Yale University, B.A., English literature, 1961, magna cum laude, with honors


Insights & Presentations

  • Barnes lectured extensively on corporate governance, damages, mediation, antitrust, securities enforcement, trial practice, evidence, and expert witnesses.


  • Ken Morrow Lifetime Achievement Award from the Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Recipient, 2017
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America® (Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation), 1989–2012
  • Listed in Oregon Super Lawyers® (Business Litigation), 2006–2011
  • Portland's pick, Top Litigators in Oregon, The National Law Journal, 2006
  • Selected as one of “America’s Leading Lawyers for Business” (Oregon) by Chambers USA (Litigation: General Commercial), 2004–2011
  • Received The Judge Learned Hand Award from The American Jewish Committee
  • Named Honorary Alumnus of Northwest School of Law of Lewis & Clark College, 1998, and is a member of the College's Board of Visitors
  • Received Oregon State Bar President’s Award for Public Service, 2015



  • American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow, 1980–2016
  • Owen M. Panner Inns of Court, Barrister


  • Oregon State Bar Disciplinary System Review Committee, Member, 2014–2015
  • World Affairs Council of Oregon, Trustee, 2010–2016
  • Mercy Corps Northwest, Director, 2010–2012
  • Oregon Public Defense Services Commission, Chair, 2001–2015 
  • Public Defense Study Committee, Chair, 1999–2000 
  • Oregon Law Enforcement Commission, Member, 1970–1974
  • Oregon Commission on the Judicial Branch (which successfully proposed major legislative restructuring of the state court system), Chairman, 1980–1984 
  • Served on Board of Governors of the Oregon State Bar, 1974–1977
  • Board of Trustees, Metropolitan Public Defender Services, Inc., Chairman, 1971–1999
  • White House Fellow, Assistant to United States Attorney General, 1967–1968
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