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Consult with the Attorney Who Wrote the Book on Federal Sentencing

The Law Offices of Alan Ellis focuses exclusively on federal sentencing, prison and post-conviction work. The primary goal of attorney Alan Ellis and his legal team is to help every client obtain the lowest possible sentence at the best facility available with the greatest opportunity for early release. Mr. Ellis, founder of the firm, is a past president of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and is a Fulbright Award winner. He has 52 years of experience as a criminal defense lawyer, law professor and federal law clerk. The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has recognized him as a “nationally-recognized expert in federal criminal sentencing.” He is the author of the Federal Sentencing Guidebook, the Federal Prison Guidebook, and the Federal Post-Conviction Guidebook. He also co-authored a two part article on Federal Sentencing for The Champion, the monthly magazine of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

From their offices in San Francisco and New York, the legal team at the Law Offices of Alan Ellis consults with defense attorneys and represents clients charged with or convicted of federal crimes throughout the nation.

The Law Offices of Alan Ellis regularly represents and consults with lawyers representing individuals and cases involving:

  • Federal white collar crimes: including mortgage fraud, bank fraud, healthcare fraud, securities fraud, mail fraud, wire fraud, embezzlement, money laundering, and other white collar crimes
  • Federal sex crimes involving minors: including child pornography, solicitation of a minor for sex, transporting a minor across state lines for sex, and other federal sex offenses involving children
  • Federal drug crimes: including drug trafficking, smuggling, and the cultivation or manufacturing of drugs or narcotics
  • For Practice Tips, click here

Click here for a downloadable version:

The First Step Act of 2018, Parts 1 to 3, Bloomberg Law

Views from the Bench on Sentencing Representation, Parts 1–12

An Introduction to Federal Sentencing

White Collar Crime Committee Newsletter (Summer/Fall 2015 Edition)

Sentencing the White Collar Offender: A View From the Bench (July 9, 2015)

The Lowest Sentence, the Best Place, the Earliest Release: Part 1

The Lowest Sentence, the Best Place, the Earliest Release: Part 2

Federal Sentencing Tips 

Trends and Practice Tips for Representing Child Pornography Offenders at Sentencing, Criminal Justice, Volume 27, Number 3, Fall 2012

“Federal Sentencing: Use of Video,” ABA Criminal Justice, Summer 2011 

“At a “Loss” for Justice: Federal Sentencing For Economics Offenses”, ABA Criminal Justice, Winter 2011 

Standards of Proof at Sentencing” , Criminal Justice, Fall 2009

“Intended Loss” Redefined in Fraud Cases, ABA Criminal Justice, Spring 2009

“Federal Sentencing Under the Advisory Guidelines: A Primer for the Occasional Federal Practitioner – Part 1″, The Champion, July 2008 

“Federal Sentencing Under the Advisory Guidelines: A Primer for the Occasional Federal Practitioner – Part 2″, The Champion, November-December 2008 

Inside Baseball: Interview with Former Federal Probation Officer,” ABA Criminal Justice, Winter 2007 

Federal Sentencing Practice Tips: Effects Of United States V. Booker, et al.,” Verdict Magazine, January 2007  

ABA Practice Tips: Part 1,” ABA Criminal Justice, Winter 2006 

ABA Practice Tips: Part 2,” ABA Criminal Justice, Spring 2006 

Representing White Collar Clients In A Post-Booker World,” The Champion, September/October 2005 

Litigating In A Post-Booker World“, ABA Criminal Justice, Spring 2005 

Answering the ‘Why’ Question: The Powerful Departure Grounds of Diminished Capacity, Aberrant Behavior, and Post-Offense Rehabilitation,”Federal Sentencing Reporter, May/June 1999

Whether you are a defendant, attorney, inmate, family or friend, The Law Offices of Alan Ellis can provide you with the sentencing, prison or appeal help you need. Contact the firm for a free initial consultation at 415-895-5076 or email us at or fill out our intake form and return to us.

The Law Offices of Alan Ellis specializing In Federal Sentencing, Appeals, 2255 Habeas Corpus