Tiffanie Ellis (she/her) is an associate in our land use practice where she represents both public and private-sector clients in a variety of land use, natural resources, and litigation matters. Prior to joining Van Ness Feldman, she worked at a California-based law firm, where she assisted public agencies, developers, and landowners in water rights disputes, litigation, administrative proceedings, and general counsel work. Tiffanie has significant experience representing clients in both state and federal compliance matters including the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

Prior to her experience in the private sector, Tiffanie spent two years at the Washington State Court of Appeals, Division I, which provided her with in-depth insight into what makes litigation successful and what can set litigation back. Specifically, she understands how judges review code enforcement matters, administrative appeals, and environmental litigation. She brings this knowledge into, and adapts it for, consideration and use in every piece of work she does for a client, whether it be an informal letter or a litigation brief. In addition, clients benefit from the insight gained during her time at the Department of Interior, Office of the Solicitor where she worked on oil and gas lease compliance.

  • Experience
  • Professional Affiliations

    WSBA, Land Use and Environment Section

    The National LGBTQ+ Bar Association

  • Awards & Honors
  • Bar & Court Admissions
    Washington State Bar
  • Government Service

    Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Lori K. Smith, Washington State Court of Appeals, Division I

    2019- 2021

    Extern to Senior Judge, United States District Court, Western District of California, San Francisco

    Fall 2018

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  • Thought Leadership

Education

University of California, Hastings College of the Law J.D., 2019
Staff Editor, Hastings Law Journal

University of Colorado at Boulder B.A. in Philosophy, Minor in Classics, 2014