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Ellis D. Reiter Jr.

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June 16, 1938 - October 29, 2015 Ellis D. Reiter, Jr. passed away on October 29, 2015 after a valiant battle with COPD. Ellis was born to Ellis and June Reiter on June 16, 1938 in Hollywood. Ellis was raised in Eagle Rock and graduated from Glendale High School in the class of 1955. Ellis graduated from USC in 1959 and obtained his law degree from Hastings College of Law in 1963. Ellis married Kristin Bergstrom on June 6, 1964 and they celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary in 2015. Kris and Ellis have three daughters, Jaime, Jennifer and Jody. Ellis was the proud grandfather of seven grandsons and six granddaughters. Ellis was a third generation Los Angeles lawyer -- following his grandfather and father into the legal profession. He began his legal career after admission to the California Bar on January 1964 with his father and uncle in the law firm of Reiter & Reiter in Los Angeles. After twelve years in private practice as a trial attorney while also handling a wide variety of legal matters including probate and real estate, Ellis joined the Legal Department at Coldwell Banker Commercial Brokerage Company in February 1976 as a Vice President. For nearly 40 years, Ellis continued to provide sage and professional advice and counsel to the company (now known as CBRE, Inc.) through the tremendous expansion of the company and its Legal Department. He was first promoted to Senior Vice President and Assistant General Counsel - Litigation. He then served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel - Litigation, overseeing as many as 20 in-house lawyers across the country. Although he semi-retired to become Of Counsel in 2008, Ellis was actively overseeing litigation for CBRE until just days before he died - having worked as a lawyer continuously for over 51 years. Ellis was a friend and mentor to many of the lawyers in the Legal Department and other employees and officers of CBRE. The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses at Providence Trinity Care Hospice for the warm compassionate and good humor they administered to Ellis in the last six months of his life. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Wounded Warriors or Providence St. Joseph c/o Palliative Care, Burbank, CA.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Nov. 7 to Nov. 8, 2015
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