Ellison Schneider Harris & Donlan LLP was founded in 1990 with the goal of providing the highest quality work product and superior legal services to every client, and has since emerged as a recognized leader in its field.

About Us

Since its founding, our goal has been to combine small-firm service with large-firm sophistication and expertise. Our dedication to this goal has attracted a long list of high-profile private and public sector clients in the practice areas of energy, water, and natural resources. Our philosophy of diligent representation, problem-solving, and long-term planning delivers real and cost-effective results for our clients.

Attorneys at Ellison Schneider Harris & Donlan LLP come from varied and diverse backgrounds and legal experiences. Many have extensive experience working in government agencies, including the California Energy Commission, California Public Utilities Commission, California Department of Justice, California Environmental Protection Agency, and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, while others gained experience in larger private firms. All of our firm's attorneys are dedicated to providing consistent, high-quality legal advice and creative solutions to achieve the best possible outcome for our clients' complex legal and regulatory issues.

Ellison Schneider Harris & Donlan LLP has helped its clients through exceptional periods for both water and energy issues, from California’s foray into electric wholesale and retail industry restructuring and the energy crisis of 2000-2001, to landmark groundwater legislation and the current multi-year drought. The continuing evolution of water and energy regulatory issues within California’s wide-reaching resource planning efforts highlights the need for exceptional legal advisors who are well versed in the ever-changing regulatory environment and capable of delivering innovative approaches to complex business transactions.