Ellen Medlin Richmond

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Ellen Richmond is a litigation associate in the San Francisco office of Munger, Tolles & Olson. Her practice focuses on complex litigation at the trial and appellate levels, with a particular emphasis on environmental, energy and life sciences cases. She has handled significant environmental and regulatory matters at all stages of litigation, including investigation, trial and appeal.

Key Representations

  • A major chemical company in litigation related to the Bayou Corne Sinkhole in Louisiana.
  • An international drilling contractor in litigation arising from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. 
  • A multinational food and healthcare company in Proposition 65 litigation involving its food products.
  • A leading biotechnology company in a contractual dispute involving hundreds of millions in payments for the acquisition of a cancer drug.
  • A public biotechnology company in an arbitration against another major biotech company over the clinical trials for an approved oncology therapy. 

In addition, while at Munger, Tolles & Olson, Ms. Richmond worked as a volunteer attorney at the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office, where she handled dozens of misdemeanor cases, arguing numerous motions and first-chairing two jury trials. In both trials, she avoided conviction for her client on the principal charges.

Ms. Richmond is a recipient of the 2018 CLAY (California Lawyer Attorney of the Year) Award for her pro bono appellate representation of a family of Los Angeles tenants, which established for the first time in a published opinion that California renters asserting a habitability defense have a right to a jury trial. The ruling expands the rights of all 16 million California tenants. Ms. Richmond also recently represented a major environmental organization in asserting its rights under the Freedom of Information Act, and represented a nonprofit wildlife protection organization in commenting on a new California regulatory scheme. She regularly authors pro bono amicus briefs in state and federal court.

Before joining the firm, Ms. Richmond was a fellow with the Sierra Club Environmental Law Program in San Francisco, where she worked on a wide variety of environmental cases, including matters before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the U.S. Department of Energy and state public utility commissions. Prior to her fellowship, she clerked for the Honorable Raymond C. Fisher on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Pasadena.

Ms. Richmond received her law degree in 2010 from Stanford Law School, where she was awarded six class prizes for outstanding academic performance and served as editor of the Stanford Environmental Law Journal. She also holds a master of science degree in environmental and energy policy from Stanford. She earned her B.A. in 2005 from Brown University.

Ellen Richmond is a litigation associate in the San Francisco office of Munger, Tolles & Olson. Her practice focuses on complex litigation at the trial and appellate levels, with a particular emphasis on environmental, energy and life sciences cases. She has handled significant environmental and regulatory matters at all stages of litigation, including investigation, trial and appeal.

Key Representations

  • A major chemical company in litigation related to the Bayou Corne Sinkhole in Louisiana.
  • An international drilling contractor in litigation arising from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. 
  • A multinational food and healthcare company in Proposition 65 litigation involving its food products.
  • A leading biotechnology company in a contractual dispute involving hundreds of millions in payments for the acquisition of a cancer drug.
  • A public biotechnology company in an arbitration against another major biotech company over the clinical trials for an approved oncology therapy. 

In addition, while at Munger, Tolles & Olson, Ms. Richmond worked as a volunteer attorney at the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office, where she handled dozens of misdemeanor cases, arguing numerous motions and first-chairing two jury trials. In both trials, she avoided conviction for her client on the principal charges.

Ms. Richmond is a recipient of the 2018 CLAY (California Lawyer Attorney of the Year) Award for her pro bono appellate representation of a family of Los Angeles tenants, which established for the first time in a published opinion that California renters asserting a habitability defense have a right to a jury trial. The ruling expands the rights of all 16 million California tenants. Ms. Richmond also recently represented a major environmental organization in asserting its rights under the Freedom of Information Act, and represented a nonprofit wildlife protection organization in commenting on a new California regulatory scheme. She regularly authors pro bono amicus briefs in state and federal court.

Before joining the firm, Ms. Richmond was a fellow with the Sierra Club Environmental Law Program in San Francisco, where she worked on a wide variety of environmental cases, including matters before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the U.S. Department of Energy and state public utility commissions. Prior to her fellowship, she clerked for the Honorable Raymond C. Fisher on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Pasadena.

Ms. Richmond received her law degree in 2010 from Stanford Law School, where she was awarded six class prizes for outstanding academic performance and served as editor of the Stanford Environmental Law Journal. She also holds a master of science degree in environmental and energy policy from Stanford. She earned her B.A. in 2005 from Brown University.