Ellen Medlin Richmond
B.A., magna cum laude
Stanford University, M.S.
Stanford Law School, J.D.
United States Supreme Court
Third Circuit Court of Appeals
Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
Northern District of California
Central District of California
Eastern District of California
Southern District of California
Ellen Richmond is a trial lawyer specializing in complex civil cases. She has represented businesses and other organizations at all stages of litigation, including investigation, trial, and appeal. Ellen has broad experience in the areas of contracts, mass torts, and class actions, and deep expertise handling technical issues, including in the life sciences and environmental fields.
Ellen previously practiced at Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP, where she represented leading multinational corporations in a broad array of complex commercial disputes. Her clients included Verizon Wireless, Abbott Laboratories, and Amgen, Inc. Ellen also served as a volunteer trial attorney at the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office, where she handled dozens of misdemeanor cases, argued numerous motions, and first-chaired two jury trials. In both trials, she avoided conviction for her clients on the principal charges.
Ellen has a vibrant pro bono practice. She is representing a major environmental organization in asserting its rights under the Freedom of Information Act and recently represented other environmental groups in certiorari-stage proceedings at the United States Supreme Court. Ellen is a recipient of the 2018 CLAY (California Lawyer Attorney of the Year) Award for her pro bono appellate representation of a family of Los Angeles tenants. The ruling—an all-out win for Ellen’s clients—established that California renters asserting a habitability defense have a right to a jury trial. The opinion expands the rights of all 16 million California tenants.
Before entering private practice, Ellen clerked for the Honorable Raymond C. Fisher on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and litigated energy cases at the Sierra Club in San Francisco. She earned her B.A. magna cum laude from Brown University and her M.S. from Stanford University. At Stanford Law School, she earned six class prizes for outstanding academic performance.
Ellen lives in Berkeley with her husband and daughter.