Ellen Ashford

Ellen R. Ashford

Associate

As an associate in the Finance and Real Estate team, Ellen advises on some of the highest-profile real estate, land use, and zoning matters in the state.

Overview

As an associate in the Finance and Real Estate team, Ellen advises on some of the highest-profile real estate, land use, and zoning matters in the state.

Ellen earned her law degree from the William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawai‘i, summa cum laude. During law school, Ellen served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Mark E. Recktenwald, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Hawai‘i, and provided research assistance to Professor David L. Callies and Professor Mari J. Matsuda. She also served as Co-Editor-in-Chief of the University of Hawai‘i Law Review.

Ellen earned her undergraduate degree from the Johns Hopkins University where she double-majored in Philosophy and Writing Seminars. Ellen was also a member of the Humanities Center Honors Program.

Ellen is a fifth-generation attorney in Hawai‘i and graduate of Punahou School.

Education

  • J.D., William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawai‘i, summa cum laude (2021)
  • B.A. Philosophy, Writing Seminars, Johns Hopkins University, Honors (2018)

Admissions

  • Hawai‘i State Bar (2021)
  • United States District Court for the District of Hawai‘i (2021)

Membership

  • American Bar Association
  • Hawai‘i State Bar Association
  • NAIOP Commercial Real Estate Development Association, Hawai‘i Chapter

  • “Tailoring the Elements for “Spotzoning” in Hawai‘i,” 44 U. L. Rev. (January 2022) (Author)
  • “Implied Preemption in the Regulation of Land,” 10 Brigham-Kanner Property Rights J. 229 (2021) (Co-Author with David L. Callies)
  • “Knick in Perspective: Restoring Regulatory Takings Remedy in Hawai‘i,” 42 Haw. L. Rev. 136 (2019) (Co-Author with David L. Callies)

  • “Takings,” 2022 Hawaii Land Use Law Conference (May 25, 2022) (Moderator)
  • “25 Years of PASH,” University of Hawaiʻi Law Review (February 5, 2021) (Host)