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James B. Ellis

Jim Ellis specializes in tax, estate planning, charitable giving, and trust and estate administration for wealthy individuals and families. He began his law practice in 1979, after obtaining his BS from Michigan State University in 1970 (with honors) and his JD from Indiana University School of Law in 1979 (magna cum laude, Order of the Coif). Jim is of counsel to Sideman & Bancroft LLP, and formerly a partner with McCutchen, Doyle, Brown & Enersen, and a managing director at the J.P. Morgan Private Bank. He is a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. Jim is a past chair of the Trust and Estate Section of the California Bar, a member of the Section’s executive committee for ten years, and a past editor of the California Trusts and Estates Quarterly. He is an adjunct professor at UC Hastings College of the Law, and a former adjunct professor at Golden Gate University School of Law in the LLM in Taxation Law Program. He has spoken before many professional organizations on tax and estate planning, and his technical articles have been widely published. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America: 2011-2014, and in Northern California Super Lawyers: 2005-2008, 2010, 2012.

 

Education
  • BS, Michigan State University
  • JD, Indiana University
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