Lisa Ellman

Obama White House Veteran and Counsel, McKenna, Long & Aldridge

Lisa Ellman is a Counsel in the Washington, DC office of McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP and serves as Co-chair of the firm’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Practice Group. She is a member of the firm’s Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs practice and serves on the Federal Government Affairs team. Her practice focuses on legislative and public policy issues in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, with an emphasis on emerging high level trends, including commercial and private UAS. Ellman has deep substantive experience and perspective in law and policy at the top levels of the Executive branch in positions both at the White House and the U.S. Department of Justice. As Senior Counsel in the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Policy, Ellman worked to develop and implement policy initiatives of high priority to the Obama Administration. Most recently, Ellman led the Department’s Working Group on Domestic Use of UAS. She also represented the Justice Department in the interagency process considering UAS-related policy issues that are shared across departments and agencies. Earlier in the Obama Administration, Ellman served in senior positions within three White House agencies: the Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Office of Management and Budget / Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, and the Office of Presidential Personnel.