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Ellis Raskin

Ellis F. Raskin

Senior Counsel
(415) 995-5835


Part of the Real Estate & Environment section, Ellis represents clients in matters involving CEQA, NEPA, the California Coastal Act, the Subdivision Map Act, and other environmental and land use legislation. He also advises 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 the firm, Ellis worked as an attorney at a boutique environmental law firm in Santa Monica, California.


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

Academic Distinction

West-Northwest Journal of Environmental Law & Policy, Managing Editor

Moot Court Student of the Year, 2014-2015

Admissions and Courts


Vice-Chair, Santa Monica Planning Commission

Member, Political Committee, Sierra Club Angeles Chapter

"Court Revives California Public Beach Harassment Case," Law360 (March 2023)

"Council Could Approve Revised Housing Element at Tuesday Meeting," Santa Monica Daily Press (June 2022)

"City Council Race Begins with Newcomers Vying for Open Seat," Santa Monica Daily Press (June 2022)

"A stalled housing project asks: Should we preserve Bay Area hillsides or watch 'people move to Texas'?," San Francisco Chronicle (March 2022)

"Planning Commissioner Ellis Raskin declares Council candidacy," Santa Monica Daily Press (March 2022)

Planning Commission backs Saint John’s redevelopment despite lack of psych beds,Santa Monica Daily Press (January 2022)

New medical center approved for Arizona/20th,Santa Monica Daily Press (November 2021)

“McKinnon Fails to Win Reappointment to Planning Commission,” Santa Monica Lookout (September 2020)

“Antioch Approves Nearly 1,200 Homes on its Southern Border,” The Mercury News (July 2020)

“Almost 500 apartments go through design review,” Santa Monica Daily Press (December 2019)

“Marijuana production faces ‘war’ from Asian American communities in San Gabriel Valley,” Los Angeles Times (February 2019)

“Redondo Beach mulls next steps for Measure C, waterfront development,” The Daily Breeze (April 2017)

Super Lawyers, Environmental Litigation (2022-2023)

California Lawyers Association, Wiley W. Manuel Pro Bono Legal Services Award (2020-2022)

Judicial Extern to the Honorable Justice Goodwin Liu, California Supreme Court