Joel Ellinwood

Joel Ellinwood

Joel Ellinwood, AICP Lawyer-Planner
  • Environmental Law, Municipal Law, Real Estate Law
  • California, New Jersey
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I became a lawyer and planner 30 years ago as the culmination of my interest in community as a critical but fragile component in the quality of life of a society.

How well we plan and implement those plans in the midst of the interplay of social, economic and political forces will shape the form and greatly determine the function of our communities now and for many years to come. In my work on behalf of clients I strive to combine the ethical requirements of both professions, planning and law.

My goal is to help clients create a more just and sustainable future for themselves and for us all.

Practice Areas
  • Environmental Law
  • Municipal Law
  • Real Estate Law
Additional Practice Area
  • Land Use Law
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
New Jersey
9th Circuit
  • English: Spoken, Written
  • Spanish: Spoken
Professional Experience
Joel Ellinwood, AICP Lawyer-Planner
- Current
Of Counsel
Best Best & Krieger, LLP
Member of Natural Resources, Sustainable Communities and Municipal Law Practice Groups
Senior Associate
Abbott & Kindermann, LLP
Primarily responsible for litigation matters for the firm, including three matters in California appellate court or Federal Court with published opinions in land use, environmental and voting rights act law. Provided comprehensive administrative entitlements services in complex land use and development matters for public agencies, private developers and property owners.
Sole Practitioner
Joseph Wells Ellinwood, Attorney at Law
General Civil practice emphasizing real estate, land use, employment and business law. Represented Yuba City-based company in complex civil litigation related to Savings & Loan meltdown; co-counsel in federal criminal defense of company principal; represented developer of proposed residential and golf community - drafted land use initiative measure, supervised ballot qualification, coordinated campaign and served as campaign spokesperson; represented community group in obtaining referendum on zoning amendments for private for-profit community correctional facility.
Sinclair, Wilson & SInclair - Roseville CA
General Civil real estate and business litigation
Charles S. Poulos, Attorney at Law
Civil litigation for Yuba City-based company
Staff Attorney
California Rural Legal Assistance
Civil practice with emphasis on housing, employment and education law
Staff Attorney
Cape-Atlantic Legal Services - Atlantic City & Cape May NJ
Housing specialist planning & law summer internships; staff attorney following law school graduation and admission to the Bar.
Rutgers School of Law-Camden
J.D. | Real Estate and Tax Policy
Honors: Am Jur Award - Labor Law; Dean's List
Rutgers University - New Brunswick/Piscataway
M.C.R.P. (City & Regional Planning) | Land Use, Environmental and Social Policy Planning
Antioch College
B.A. | Literature
Preceptoral Fellow (Resident Advisor); Photographer for College Newspaper; Actor in College theatre production of Ibsen's The Wild Duck (Molvik); Work-Study Positions as Ombudsman in a High School; VISTA Volunteer at Hull House in Chicago (teaching photography and filmmaking); Assistant to Dean of Faculty Antioch College; Special Assistant for Student Affairs, New Jersey Commissioner of Education Carl Marburger
Professional Associations
Green Building Certification Institute
LEED AP (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Accredited Professional
- Current
U.S. Green Building Council & Its Northern California Chapter
- Current
Land Use Subsection, Real Property Section, State Bar of California
Vice-President - Northern California Division
- Current
Urban Land Institue - Sacramento District Council
- Current
American Institue of Certified Planners
Member, AICP
- Current
American Planning Association & Its California Chapter
- Current
Magic Circle Theatre, Inc. Roseville, CA
Member, Board of Directors
Activities: Secured long-term lease for Roseville Theater and storefront spaces from Masonic Temple; negotiated long-term lease and interior reconstruction of Tower Theater from City of Roseville for non-profit community theater.
Beckworth Frontier Days, Inc.
President - Board of Directors
Activities: Sponsor of living history festival in Marysville, California
American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey
Atlantic City Office Director
Activities: Co-edited the New Jersey Student Rights Manual, first published by the ACLU of NJ and recently updated and republished by the New Jersey Bar Association.
New Jersey Student Union
State Coordinator
Activities: Statewide High School and College Student Advocacy Organization
Articles & Publications
SB 375: California’s First Step to Manage Greenhouse Gas Effects of Land Use & Development
Real Property Law Journal - State Bar of California
CEQA Streamlining: Walmart v. City of Turlock
California Planner
Member, American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP)
American Institue of Certified Planners - American Planning Association
LEED Accredited Professional
Green Building Certification Institute - U.S. Green Building Council
Websites & Blogs
Social Media
Contact & Map
6520 Lonetree Blvd.
Ste. 1004
Rocklin, CA 95765-5874
Telephone: (916) 789-9932