Billie Ellis previously served as a Co-Founder and Managing Director of The Halifax Group, a $200 million private equity fund. In that capacity, he was involved in all aspects of Halifax, including the preparation of all fund documents, marketing to private and institutional investors, and acting as the de facto general counsel in the due diligence, purchase and sale, and other legal matters relative to Halifax portfolio companies.
Prior to joining Halifax, Billie joined a large, Texas regional firm where he built and chaired the Real Estate and Commercial Law Group, the largest practice group of the firm when he left to start Halifax. Before that, he spent three years practicing with a well-known national firm that originated in Texas.
In 2017, Billie was recognized as one of only a handful of lawyers in the State of Texas who have been designated as a “Lion of the Bar” and featured in the Texas Lawbook’s biographical series “Lions of the Texas Bar”. This designation recognizes lawyers in Texas who have experienced extraordinary success and have had an impact on the legal profession in the State of Texas. In addition, in 2017, Texas Lawyer named Billie to Texas Lawyer’s 2017 Preferred Excellence Awards as one of the lawyers in its Distinguished Leader category. This award recognizes lawyers with exceptional careers who have made an impact on the Texas legal community.
In 2018, a consortium of more than 40 publications named Billie as one of the 100 most influential persons “who are having an impact on business and legal matters in communities across the nation.”
In 2021, Billie was the recipient of the 2021 Dan Rugeley Price Memorial Award from the Texas Bar Foundation. This prestigious award is to a Texas lawyer that exemplifies the qualities of an accomplished legal writer and researcher, a talented and dedicated practicing lawyer, a servant of the profession as a volunteer and an advocate on its behalf. The recipient exhibits an unreserved commitment to clients and to the practice of law, and demonstrates dedication to the Bar and service to the public with the same commitment, dedication and zeal which defined Dan Price’s life and work.
Billie is an accomplished author and lecturer. He has been educating members of the bar and law students for over three decades in real estate, private equity, and finance. In addition to his practical scholarship in various aspects of business law, Billie has been involved in academia with an emphasis on The History of The American Law Firm. Billie received the 2012 Texas Exes Teaching Award–an annual tribute honoring 1 professor from the law school and only 1 of 8 teaching awards given at the University of Texas in Austin–for his performance in the classroom.