Ellia Thompson is a Partner and Chair of the Land Use Department.
Ellia has spent the last eighteen years working in various positions with the federal government, media outlets and in private practice as a land use attorney. She concentrates her practice in the areas of land use, planning and zoning regulations, governmental administrative law and local housing laws. Her clients come to her for her extensive experience in land use entitlements, with particular emphasis on zoning and subdivisions, governmental administrative law, community outreach, projects located in the hillside and historical areas and environmental compliance, especially in relation to the California Environmental Quality Act. She also has broad experience in environmental review processes, administrative proceedings and land use litigation.
The Los Angeles Business Journal named Ellia among the “Most Influential Women Attorneys” in 2018 and 2019, and she has been named a Southern California Rising Star and a Super Lawyer every year since 2013. She also founded the land use and environmental law firm, CA Land Use Professionals, LLP. Before starting her own firm, Ellia was an attorney with Jeffer, Mangels, Butler & Marmaro LLP in its Government, Land Use, Environmental, Energy Group. She previously was awarded the coveted Pulliam-Kilgore Fellowship by the Society of Professional Journalists and worked in the Media Law practice at Baker Hostetler.
Prior to law school, Ellia worked 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.
Active with several charities that focus on housing and services for the homeless in downtown Los Angeles, Ellia, in October 2012, was honored by CREW-LA as a “Woman on the Rise”. She was awarded by Connect LA and the Junior Chamber of Commerce for her significant commitments to community service by providing pro bono land use legal services to the Downtown Women’s Center (DWC) and its homeless women. She serves on the Board of Directors for Mid-Valley Jeopardy, an LAPD program for kids ages 8-18, and served five years on the Economic Development Committee for DWC. She has also provided pro bono legal services for several animal rescue groups.
Ellia is an avid gardener (she even owns four chickens) and founded a children’s gardening science program at her son’s elementary school.