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Howard Ellman

Buchalter Nemer

San Francisco, CA, USA


Howard N. Ellman is a partner in Buchalter Nemer, A Professional Corporation, effective as of January 1, 2010.  Prior to that time, he was the president, director and founder of the firm Ellman Burke Hoffman & Johnson, P.C.  He has practiced law since 1960, concentrating in the areas of real estate, land use and environmental regulation.  Mr. Ellman handles transactions and litigation involving such diverse matters as constitutional rights of property owners and others, property transfers, development, environmental regulation, endangered species, debtor/creditor's rights, real property security (loan agreements, mortgages, deeds of trust, etc.), development joint ventures, real estate investment entities, water law, conservation easements and habitat plans.

Mr. Ellman has served as lead counsel on numerous high-profile projects.  These include representing AT&T in the complex real estate aspects of the telephone divestiture in 11 western states, representing developers of major high-rise office projects, shopping centers and other similar developments in an urban context from the initial acquisition, through the entitlement process, financing, construction, leasing and sale.  He has also handled major litigation including successful defense of a lender in a $250 million lender liability case and presentation of cases in the United States Supreme Court, the California Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit and the California Courts of Appeal.

A recognized expert in his field, Mr. Ellman has spoken and taught extensively on the subject of real estate and land use law.  He served as a Visiting Lecturer in Law at the University of California School of Law, Boalt Hall, Berkeley; an Adjunct Professor at Stanford University School of Law where he taught a seminar on advanced real estate problems, and various advanced real estate and land security courses at Golden Gate University School of Law. He has also been a guest lecturer at John Muir College, University of California at San Diego.

Mr. Ellman has been a lecturer and panelist in continuing legal education programs on real estate, land use, condominium/ planned-unit development and construction financing sponsored by California Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB), the University of California Extension, American Law Institute/American Bar Association (ALI/ABA) Joint Committee on Legal Education and Practicing Law Institute (PLI).  He has also spoken at many programs offered by business and professional associations.

Mr. Ellman earned his law degree from Stanford University in 1959. He received a Certified Public Accountant Certificate from the University of Illinois Committee on Accountancy in 1957. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Northwestern University in 1956. An active participant in California's real estate community, Mr. Ellman owned and operated a rice farm in the Sacramento valley for 15 years and has been active in water and conservation issues there. He is also a published author having written an historical novel set in the Thirteenth Century. He is a member of the State Bar of California, the American Bar Association, the Bar Association of San Francisco, and the Northern California Water Association. Prior to founding Ellman Burke Hoffman & Johnson, P.C. in 1976, Mr. Ellman was a partner in the San Francisco law firm of Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison.

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