Christopher Ellison is a founding Partner in Ellison Schneider Harris & Donlan. Since his admission to the California bar in 1977, Chris has specialized in energy matters, concentrating on transactional, regulatory, and arbitration work on behalf of energy suppliers, customers, trade associations, public agencies, and regional reliability organizations. After working for the California Energy Commission, California Department of Justice Environment Section, and another private law firm, Chris helped found Ellison Schneider Harris & Donlan in 1990. Since then, he has been a leading participant in the restructuring of the electric industry to promote open access transmission, customer choice, reliability standards, competition, licensing of new power plants, and the promotion of renewable energy.
In addition to federal and state courts, Chris practices before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, California Energy Commission, California Public Utilities Commission, California Independent System Operator, and other federal, state, regional, and local agencies regarding a variety of energy and related environmental issues. He has been active within several Western electricity forums on matters of transmission access and electric reliability.
Chris was selected by the California Bar Association to serve on its Committee on the Environment. He has been selected by clients and other attorneys for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America (2006 to present) for energy law, and for “Northern California Super Lawyers” (2005 to present). He has also twice been selected by California Lawyer magazine to participate in Energy Roundtable articles (2012 and 2014), and speaks on energy and environment issues in a variety of forums. Chris was recognized by Best Lawyers as the 2016 Natural Resources Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Sacramento.