Dennis B. Ellman

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While helping clients realize their real property goals during the past three decades, Dennis Ellman has consistently maximized his clients’ opportunities in all economic cycles.

Dennis advises and represents real estate developers, family offices, brokers, investors and construction and architecture professionals in financing, lease negotiations, construction contracts, project agreements, 1031 Exchanges and all aspects of real property acquisitions and dispositions. Dennis also represents high-net-worth individuals purchasing, developing and selling large residential estates in the Bel Air, Holmby, Beverly Hills and Malibu areas of Los Angeles.

Client Counsel
Known for his practical dealmaking, his skillful parsing of a transaction’s critical terms, and an innate sense of his clients’ risk thresholds and how to protect their interests, Dennis has counseled generations of real estate developers. He is well-attuned to the entrepreneurial perspective of his developer clients and provides them with the legal context to take advantage of high-value opportunities while managing -financial commitments.

He has structured and advised on the construction, sale and leasing of major industrial properties, shopping centers, commercial buildings, residential developments and hotel properties throughout California, Nevada and Texas. These include Buena Park Mall, the Universal Music Group Building in Santa Monica, the Beverly Center in West Los Angeles, and MacDonald Ranch and the Sunset Galleria Shopping Mall in Henderson, Nevada.

The building of ultra high-end custom homes, and the myriad legal agreements and decisions connected with the successful construction of these residences, is another practice focus of Dennis. His lifelong passion for architecture informs his comprehensive counsel to individual homeowners in this area. His role is often akin to a “legal” general contractor-overseer. Dennis’s representation covers all phases of construction – from dirt to doorbell – and ranges from land acquisition and entitlements, to contractor and architect agreements, right through to project completion.

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, Board of Directors, Los Angeles Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 2001-2007
  • Past President, Los Angeles Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 2005-2007
  • Chairman, Major Gifts, Los Angeles Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 2007-present
  • Member, Advisory Board, Los Angeles Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 2007-present
  • Board of Directors AYSO Region 33, 2004-present
  • Referee Administrator AYSO Region 33, 2006-2007


  • Best Lawyers in America, Real Estate Law, 2013-2022
  • Southern California Super Lawyers – Real Estate Law, 2014-2019, 2021
  • 2009 Caregiver Award, from the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, May 2009
  • Rated "AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5," Martindale Hubbell

Bar Admissions

  • California


  • New York University School of Law  (J.D., 1976)
  • Boston University  (B.A., magna cum laude, 1973)