Billie Ray Ellerbe has been a licensed Attorney since 1980. Ellerbe began his legal practice with Georgia Legal Services and became a member of the North Carolina Bar in 1983.He worked with Legal Services in Georgia and North Carolina from 1980 until 1991. In that capacity he worked with people who couldn’t otherwise afford legal services: displaced and abused farmworkers, Domestic Violence victims, and evicted and dispossessed people.
Billie R. Ellerbe taught practicing Attorneys in the NITA Negotiation Seminar for 5 years at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the North Carolina Festival of Learning sponsored by the UNC-CH Law school for an additional five years in the area of mediation and negotiation. He currently lectures each fall semester to third year law students on the art of Client interviewing and counselling.
In 1991 Mr. Ellerbe opened the Law Office of Billie R. Ellerbe P.C. and has been active in private practice for 24 years. He concentrates his practice in three areas, domestic negotiation , litigation and advocacy, personal injury, and appellate practice in civil appeals before the North Carolina Court of Appeals and the North Carolina Supreme Court.
- Bachelor of Arts: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1976
- Juris Doctorate: North Carolina Central University at Durham
- Member of North Carolina Bar since 1983
- North Carolina Bar Association
- Member, Mecklenburg County Bar Association
- Former Member, Mecklenburg County Jury Commission
- Adjunct Professor, UNC Chapel Hill School of Law
Awards and Honors
- 2002 North Carolina Association of Black Lawyers Attorney of the Year
- 1994 Five Year Certificate of Appreciation from the National Institute of Trial Advocacy
- 1992 Certificate of Appreciation Legal Services of the Southern Piedmont