Areas of Practice

Land Use

Sophie R. Ellinghouse

Sophie R. Ellinghouse

With a diverse legal training background, Sophie provides clients with fresh perspectives on environmental and regulatory matters. Relying on both her technical and legal experience, Sophie assists clients with land use entitlements and permitting processes, including administrative approvals and litigation. Sophie’s experience ranges from complex disputes under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Clean Water Act (CWA), and Surface Mining and Reclamation Act (SMARA) to representation and counseling on statutory, regulatory, and policy matters. Sophie recently graduated from King Hall, where she received her Environmental Law Certificate and served as Co Editor-in-Chief of Environs, Environmental Law and Policy Journal.


Assisted in preparing Conditional Use Permit application, air quality permits, and wastewater impoundment permit for a large-scale biomass power plant;

Assisted with acquiring air permits and managing CEQA process for a food and organic waste anaerobic digestion system;

Analyzed CEQA policy and exemptions for incorporation into public agency’s policies and procedures;

Evaluated development plans for clients seeking sustainable forestry carbon credit offset projects;

Assisted in preparation of amicus brief before the Second Appellate District of California relating to the California Public Utilities Commission’s authority to implement the Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC);

Assisted client in reacquisition of sacred land and creation of tribal conservation district; and

Advised clients on a variety of land use and natural resources matters, including water rights and land use ordinances.


University of California, Davis School of Law (J.D. 2015)

University of California, Davis (B.A. 2012)


California, 2015