Ellia Thompson concentrates her practice on land use, planning and zoning regulations, government administrative law, and local housing laws. Ellia works on complicated real estate and land use litigation cases, including representing landlords and property owners in various litigation matters. Her clients come to her for her extensive experience in land use entitlements, with particular emphasis on zoning and subdivisions, government administrative law, community outreach, projects located in the hillside and historical areas, and environmental compliance, especially in relation to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). She also has broad experience in environmental review processes, administrative proceedings, and land use litigation.
In addition, Ellia also has experience handling criminal defense for property owners who are charged with misdemeanors for failure to comply with certain property regulations including fire code, building code, health, and housing violations.
Prior to attending law school, Ellia served as press secretary to Congresswoman Jane Harman and communications director to Congresswoman Louise Slaughter, chair of the powerful House Rules Committee. After September 11, 2001, Ellia also worked as the Democratic press secretary to the House Subcommittee on Terrorism and Homeland Security.