Ellen Medlin Richmond

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Brown University,
B.A., magna cum laude
Stanford University, M.S.
Stanford Law School, J.D.

Hon. Raymond C. Fisher,
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

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, an experienced first-chair trial lawyer and 2018 CLAY award recipient, is Of Counsel at Conrad & Metlitzky.  She specializes in complex civil cases and has represented businesses and other organizations at all stages of litigation, including investigation, trial, and appeal.

 Ellen has broad experience in contracts, class actions, and intellectual property, and deep expertise handling technical issues, including in the life sciences. Ellen also regularly counsels and represents technology companies, including those at the forefront of the sharing economy. Her clients have included leading multinational corporations such as Abbott Laboratories, AbbVie Inc., Amgen, Inc., and Lyft, Inc.

 Before joining Conrad & Metlitzky, Ellen practiced at Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP.  She also served as a volunteer trial attorney at the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office, where she argued numerous motions and first-chaired two jury trials, each time avoiding conviction for her clients on the principal charges.

 Ellen has a vibrant pro bono practice. She is currently representing the Sierra Club in a lawsuit against the federal government seeking the external communications of top environmental agency heads. Ellen is also 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.