• 50 years of federal criminal defense experience

    • Plea Negotiations
    • Federal Sentencing
    • Federal Prison Matters
    • Appeals
    • Habeas Corpus 2255 Motions
    • Rule 35 Motions
    • International Prisoner Transfers
  • Contact Us. Our Experience Works for You.

    97% of all federal criminal defendants will be sentenced. 80% will go to prison. The Law Offices of Alan Ellis has a long track record in obtaining for our clients:
    • The lowest possible sentence
    • In the case of incarceration, to be served in the best possible place
    • Earliest possible release

A Nationally Recognized Federal Criminal Defense Law Firm

The Law Offices of Alan Ellis is a federal sentencing, prison and post-conviction, appeal and 2255 motion law firm representing federal criminal defendants and inmates throughout the United States. The firm endeavors to obtain for its clients the lowest possible sentence and if it is one of incarceration, the best facility possible with release at the earliest opportunity. Alan Ellis, a Past President of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) and a Fulbright award winner, has defended thousands of cases over 50 years. He has authored more than 150 articles and books, including the Federal Sentencing Guidebook and the Federal Prison Guidebook. He is a frequent speaker and has more than 85 lectures, presentations and speaking engagements to his credit. Before entering private practice, Alan was a law professor and federal law clerk.

About Alan Ellis

  • Defended thousands of cases over 50 years
  • Past President of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL)
  • Over 150 Articles and Books and 85 Lectures & Speaking Engagements
  • Fulbright Award winner

We Wrote the Book

No other law firm can lay claim to writing the definitive and most respected guide to federal sentencing, federal prisons and post-conviction remedies--Alan Ellis’ Federal Prison Guidebook: Sentencing and Post-Conviction Remedies.

Federal Sentencing Tips Federal Prison Tips

As one of the leading authorities in this field, Alan Ellis has published these free tips to help lawyers and their clients understand the complexities of the issues in a way that is simple and understandable.

Law Offices of Alan Ellis

The Law Offices of Alan Ellis is a full-service sentencing and post-conviction law firm representing exclusively white collar and other federal criminal defendants and inmates throughout the United States.

Representing clients nationally from offices in San Francisco and New York, the Law Offices of Alan Ellis can provide you, your family and friends, or your client with the federal sentencing, prison or appeal help needed.

Law360 is publishing a series of articles written by Alan Ellis. The series is part of the Expert Analysis section of Law360's White Collar Crime practice category. For the series, Mr. Ellis interviewed federal judges at length and asked them to share some dos and don'ts for lawyers and their clients who appear before them at sentencing, as well as their thoughts on topics such as remorse and restitution.

Views From The Bench On Sentencing Representation
Law360, New York (March 1, 2016)--


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“…I don’t want you to leave the witness stand without my thanking you for your efforts in writing the [Federal Prison Guidebook], which is a guidebook to the federal prison and which I refer to often when someone suggests a particular institution, I think it’s a fine source of up-to-date information.

Judicial commentary, (U.S. District Court of New Jersey) excerpted from sentencing hearing transcript from Alan Ellis’ testimony as an expert witness

“[T]he best in the business.”

KGO – ABC TV, San Francisco affiliate of ABC-TV

“A nationally-recognized expert in federal criminal sentencing.”

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

“The go-to guy in America for Federal Sentencing if you’re in deep trouble.”

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