Ellia Thompson is a Partner and Chair of the Land Use Department.

Ellia has spent the last twenty 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. Additionally, she 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, 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, she was named among Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Stars and she has been selected by Southern California 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 Trustees for the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association, which supports the many philanthropic and conservation efforts of the Los Angeles Zoo. She previously served five years on the Economic Development Committee for DWC. She has provided pro bono legal services to several U.S. military veterans, obtaining additional medical services and monetary awards for certain combat veterans suffering from past injuries.

Honors & Affiliations

Honors & Recognitions

Selected by Los Angeles Times B2B Publishing as an Inspirational Women Finalist, 2021

Selected as one of Los Angeles' Top Women Attorneys, Los Angeles Business Journal, 2020

Selected as one of Los Angeles' Most Influential Women Attorneys, Los Angeles Business Journal, 2018 & 2019

Selected to Southern California Super Lawyers List, multiple years

Community & Professional

Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA), Board of Trustees; Chair, Government Relations Committee 

Valley Industry Commerce Association (VICA)

Urban Land Institute (ULI)

Media & Events

Speaking Engagements

  • , Universal City, CA, 10.25.2019
  • Developing Coliving
    , Los Angeles, CA, 10.21.2019



J.D., The George Washington University Law School

B.A., University of California, Los Angeles


  • California
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