At the Law Offices of Sherman M. Ellison our primary concern is you…our client. We know, through many years of successful experience, what works best when it comes to getting criminal matters and traffic infraction tickets dismissed and reduced. After 50 years of trial and appellate practice, we are quite proud of our success rate.  The Law Offices of Sherman M. Ellison is exclusively dedicated to criminal matters and traffic infraction defense throughout California. This is all we do…and we do it well. Thank you for the consideration.


Sherman M. Ellison is a California trial attorney whose practice has primarily been that of a litigator in both Federal and State criminal courts. Presently, Mr. Ellison’s law practice has an emphasis on criminal matters, traffic infraction defense and representation of persons at the Department of Motor Vehicles. Additionally, Mr. Ellison represents clients in related DMV and Driver Safety administrative matters, wherein their licenses have been suspended.

Mr. Ellison has been admitted to and practiced in all United States District Courts within California, Hawaii and Oregon; the United States Supreme Court, as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and Eighth Circuit.

Published opinions and precedent setting appeals by Mr. Ellison include in the California Supreme Court: People v. Gray (2014) 58 Cal.4th 901; and People v. Superior Court (Keifer) (1970) 3 Cal.3d 807; California Court of Appeal: People v. Williams (1984) 168 Cal.App.3d 349; United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit: U.S.A. v. Myers (1977) 543 Fed.2d 721; and United States District Court, Southern District of California: U.S.A. v. Redondo (1997) 980 Fed.Supp. 1114.

Mr. Ellison’s professional affiliations include the California State Bar Association; California Public Defenders Association; Criminal Courts Bar Association; Los Angeles County Bar Association; and the National Motorist’s Association, inter alia.

Mr. Ellison has appeared before the Los Angeles City Council, as well as on numerous radio, television and print media outlets. Mr. Ellison is widely considered one of the pre-eminent legal authorities on criminal and traffic infraction defense and related DMV administrative representation of his clients throughout California.

Mr. Ellison has successfully represented clients in the Driver Safety Office of the Department of Motor Vehicle in matters relating to license suspensions [i] for mature, infirm or older drivers and [ii] for drivers with excessive point counts.

Mr. Ellison has had successful trial and appellate matters before the California State Employment Development Department and its Appeals Board.

Mr. Ellison is a lawyer’s lawyer and has also represented a number of attorneys in State Bar disciplinary proceedings, wherein those attorneys have been investigated and/or charged with violations of their duties to their clients.

Mr. Ellison attended UCLA as an undergraduate with an emphasis on physics and chemistry before entering the United States Marine Corp, receiving an Honorable Discharge therefrom. After first being accepted to dental school, Mr. Ellison made an important decision to pursue a career in law, earning an L.L.B. and a J.D. in June 1969. Mr. Ellison passed the California State bar examination on his first attempt in November 1969 and was sworn in to practice law on January 15, 1970. Mr. Ellison has been a trial and appellate attorney for the past 50 years.