The Law Offices of Alan Ellis is pleased to announce that Nellie Torres Klein, a former U.S. Department of Justice Honors Attorney and senior counsel with the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP), has become Of Counsel to the firm. Klein has 20 years of prison litigation experience specializing in sentence computation, disciplinary hearings and sanctions, conditions of confinement, and cases brought under the Federal Tort Claims Act.
“We are excited about the contributions that a professional with Nellie’s background and experience will bring to the team,” said firm founder Alan Ellis. “Our practice is focused on federal sentencing, prison and post-conviction representation of federal criminal defendants and inmates so there is a significant advantage to having a former BOP official on the team.”
Klein has served at numerous federal prisons including Metropolitan Correction Center (MCC), San Diego, California; the United States Penitentiary (USP), Lompoc, California; and USP Allenwood, Pennsylvania. While with the BOP, she was involved in various activities including serving as the Federal Women’s Program Manager, Hispanic Program Manager, Co-chair of the Affirmative Action Committee and a member of the executive staff at both USP Lompoc and MCC San Diego.
She serves on the Committee for Diversity and Inclusion of the San Diego County Bar Association. A fluent Spanish speaker, Klein volunteers with local charities, helping resident aliens, asylum seekers, refugees and other members of the needy and otherwise underserved immigrant community.
Klein, a graduate of the University of San Diego School of Law, is admitted to practice in the State of California, United States District Court for the Southern District of California, and Middle District of Pennsylvania.