Raymond G. Ellis

Ray Ellis, a partner in the San Francisco office, is a member of the Tax Group. One of California’s leading authorities on estate planning and leader of Orrick’s Private Wealth Group, Mr. Ellis has concentrated in the areas of trusts, estate and gift tax and generation-skipping tax planning for 30 years. He often represents families owning substantial interests in closely held and publicly traded corporations, advising on matters ranging from family partnerships, limited liability companies and S corporations to private foundations, charitable trusts, and arrangements for the transfer of wealth to succeeding generations.



  • J.D., Order of the Coif, University of California, Hastings College of the Law, 1972
  • B.A., Mathematics, Wheaton College, 1965


  • Issue Editor, Hastings Law Journal
  • Thurston Honor Society
  • Best Lawyers in America (since 1984)
  • California Super Lawyers (top 100 lawyers in Northern California)


  • Fellow, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
  • State Bar of California, Probate and Trust Sections

Admitted In

  • California

Contact Raymond G. Ellis

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
Senior Counsel
The Orrick Building
405 Howard Street
San Francisco, California  94105
Phone: (415) 773-5557


Service Area

Statewide service provider in:
  • California

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