Practice Expertise

  • Real Estate
  • Environmental and Natural Resources

Areas of Practice

  • Environmental and Natural Resources
  • Real Estate
  • Environmental Law
  • Land Use


Ellis is an Associate in the Real Estate + Environment section. Ellis has represented clients in matters involving CEQA, NEPA, the California Coastal Act, the Subdivision Map Act, and other environmental and land use legislation. He has also advised clients regarding Political Reform Act compliance. Ellis’ work has involved a range of large-scale development projects in high-stakes administrative proceedings and litigation. Prior to joining Hanson Bridgett, Ellis worked as an attorney at a boutique environmental law firm in Santa Monica, California.

Bar Admissions

  • California

J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law (2015)
B.A., Occidental College (2010)

Areas of Practice

  • Environmental and Natural Resources
  • Real Estate
  • Environmental Law
  • Land Use

Professional Career

Professional Associations
  • Vice-Chair, Santa Monica Planning Commission
  • Member, Political Committee, Sierra Club Angeles Chapter

Professional Activities and Experience
  • Super Lawyers, Rising Star (2022)
  • California Lawyers Association, Wiley W. Manuel Pro Bono Legal Services Award (2021)


Additional Articles"2021 Legislative Update #2: Additional Wins for Housing Advocates, Some Losses," Land Use Law Alert (November 2021)
"A Recent Ruling Involving Unlined Landfills Highlights the Pitfalls of Relying on Categorical Exemptions under CEQA," Land Use Law Alert (September 2021)
"California Court of Appeal Issues Rare Interpretation of Policy Designed to Mitigate the Effects of Coastal Erosion," Land Use Law Alert (July 2021)
"Recent Court of Appeal Decision Confirms that CEQA Statutes of Limitations Cannot be Extended Without a Project Proponent’s Consent," Land Use Law Alert (July 2021)
"Court of Appeal Issues First Published Opinion Interpreting California Senate Bill 35 Streamlining Provisions," Land Use Law Alert (April 2021)
"New State Guidelines Clarify When Leases of Local Agency-Owned Land are Subject to the Surplus Land Act," Government + Real Estate + Environment Law Alert (April 2021)
"NEPA in the Ninth Circuit: A Rare Look at Impacts to Redwood Forests and 'Downstream' Carbon Emissions," co-author, Land Use Law Alert (December 2020)
"Court of Appeal Clarifies Rules for Retaining Emails That are Included in CEQA Records," co-author, Land Use + Government Law Alert (August 2020)
"CEQA Reform in the COVID Era? The California Senate Housing Production Package Moves Forward," co-author, Land Use Law Alert (June 2020)
"Recent Conflict of Interest Cases Reveal Pitfalls for Land Use Practitioners," Land Use + Government Law Alert (May 2020)
"Recent Changes to CEQA-Related Procedures from COVID-19," co-author, Land Use Law Alert (April 2020)
"Construction of Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly to Continue in Santa Clara County," co-author, Real Estate Law Alert (April 2020)
"CEQA Update: No Change to Administrative Deadlines, Noticing, or Filing Requirements Following Governor Newsom's 'Stay at Home' Order," Land Use Law Alert (April 2020)
"Governor Newsom’s 'Stay at Home' Order Allows Construction to Continue, but Many Cities and Counties are Banning Most Construction," co-author, Construction + Government Law Alert (March 2020)
"Updates to CEQA Technical Advisories on Disaster Response and Housing," co-author, Land Use Alert (January 2020)
"Urban Forests as Weapons Against Climate Change: Lessons From California’s Global Warming Solutions Act," 47 Urb. Law. 387 (2015)
"Report: California Law at the Intersection of Water Use and Land Planning," Public Law Research Institute (2015)
"The Definitive Guide to Tree Disputes in California," 21 Hastings W.-N.W. J. Envtl. L. & Pol'y 113 (2015)

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