Professor Ellis began his law practice in 1979. He recently spent 12 years with the JPMorgan Private Bank, working with specialists handling investing, lending, trust administration, philanthropic services, and wealth transfer planning for ultra high net worth individuals. His experience spans the full array of wealth transfer and estate planning techniques appropriate for wealthy families, from the simple to the truly complex. He has spent significant time planning for transfers of compensatory stock options and restricted stock, private company equity in advance of M & A transactions and IPOs, interests in private investment funds, and structured financial instruments, as well as for transfers of traditional private business interests and investment portfolios. His trust and estate administration experience includes a focus on modern fiduciary duties imposed when constructing and administering investment portfolios. He has also focused on intra-state trust planning, with an eye to reducing the burden of state level fiduciary income tax as well as state death taxes.
Before joining Sideman & Bancroft LLP, Professor Ellis was a partner with McCutchen, Doyle, Brown & Enersen, and a managing director at the JPMorgan Private Bank.
Professor Ellis is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. He is a past chair of the Trust and Estate Section of the California Bar, and was a member of the Section's Executive Committee for ten years. He is a past Editor of the California Trusts and Estates Quarterly. Mr. Ellis has spoken before many professional organizations on tax and estate planning, including the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, The State Bars of California and New York, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, The American Bar Association Tax Section, the American Law Institute/American Bar Association, the U.S.C. Tax Institute, and the California Continuing Education of the Bar. His technical articles have been widely published. He was listed in Northern California Super Lawyers 2005-2008, and 2010-2011, and in The Best Lawyers in America 2011-2012.
Professor Ellis graduated with a B.S. with honors from Michigan State University in 1970 and received his J.D. from Indiana University School of Law in 1979, graduating magna cum laude and Order of the Coif.