• 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
  • 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 recipient, has defended thousands of cases for 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.

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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 recipient

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.

In a long-running series for Law360's White Collar Expert Analysis column, Alan Ellis has interviewed over 25 federal judges and has reported their opinions and guidance on sentencing advocacy.

Views From The Bench On Sentencing Representation


Notable Quotes

Ephraim Margolin, Past President, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyer

“He’s a dynamo. He’s very well organized.”

Chief Judge Jerome B. Simandle of New Jersey

“…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.

Ravi Sinha, Trial Attorney – Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice, June 2015

“One of the foremost sentencing experts in America.”

Gordon Zubrod, former Chief, Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania

“He works incredibly hard for his client. He constantly and graciously has his teeth sunk into your leg. I’ve never met anyone who I’ve respected as a prosecutor who has had low opinion of him.”

Michael Bender – The Recorder

“He doesn’t have a huge ego and doesn’t think he’s God’s gift to elocution.”