Frank R. Ellerbe III

Frank R. Ellerbe III


Robinson Gray Stepp & Laffitte, LLC

Recognized since 2013

Columbia, South Carolina

Practice Areas

Administrative / Regulatory Law

Energy Law

Energy Regulatory Law

Litigation - Environmental

Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)

Utilities Law

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2023 - Utilities Law
Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2023 - Utilities Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2021 - Utilities Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2020 - Administrative / Regulatory Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2018 - Litigation - Environmental Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2017 - Administrative / Regulatory Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2014 - Litigation - Environmental
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Frank's practice is focused on utility-related regulation and litigation, with an emphasis on matters involving the electricity and telecommunications industries. He also has significant experience in a range of environmental law issues. His work in the utilities industry has included issues involving electricity, telephone, gas and water regulation before the South Carolina Public Service Commission, where he has appeared for 30 years. In the environmental field his experience includes resolving waste and wastewater regulation matters, as well as hazardous waste practice and CERCLA litigation.

Frank represents individuals and entities in disputes involving regulatory and administrative matters, and tries cases through jury trials and appeals. He has considerable experience in class-action litigation involving various industries including life insurance, cable television, replacement glass, securities and forest resources.

ADMISSIONS

  • South Carolina Bar
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina

EDUCATION

  • University of South Carolina School of Law, J.D. (1982)
  • Washington and Lee University, B.A. (1979)

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • Richland County Bar Association

HONORS & AWARDS

  • Best Lawyers in America - Administrative/Regulatory Law (2017-2020), Lawyer of the Year (2017, 2020), Energy Regulatory Law (2013-2020), Litigation-Environmental (2013-2020), Lawyer of the Year (2014, 2018), Litigation-Regulatory Enforcement (Telecom, Energy) (2013-2020), Utilities Law (2013-2020)
  • Columbia Business Monthly Legal Elite of the Midlands (2019)

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

  • Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce
  • South Carolina Chamber of Commerce

Location

  • 1310 Gadsden Street
    P.O. Box 11449
    Columbia, SC 29211

Languages

  • English

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2023 - Utilities Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2021 - Utilities Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2020 - Administrative / Regulatory Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2018 - Litigation - Environmental Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2017 - Administrative / Regulatory Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2014 - Litigation - Environmental

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Utilities Law, Columbia, SC (2023)
  • Utilities Law, Columbia, SC (2021)
  • Administrative / Regulatory Law, Columbia, SC (2020)
  • Litigation - Environmental, Columbia, SC (2018)
  • Administrative / Regulatory Law, Columbia, SC (2017)
  • Litigation - Environmental, Columbia, SC (2014)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023 for work in:

  • Energy Law
  • Energy Regulatory Law
  • Litigation - Environmental
  • Administrative / Regulatory Law
  • Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)
  • Utilities Law

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