Eli conducts and manages neutral, unbiased workplace investigations on complex and sensitive disputes. In addition, he has conducted investigations on issues specific to hospital operations and compliance, including partnering with physician leaders on medical staff investigations. Eli advises public and private employers in employment law compliance and partners with clients to identify legal risks and develop creative solutions before claims arise. He also assists employers with developing and implementing employment policies and procedures and negotiating employment contracts and separations. He advises and supports clients in pre-litigation disputes, including negotiating settlements, handling mediations, and representing clients in enforcement agency charges and investigations, such as those filed before the DLSE, DFEH, EEOC, DOL and Cal/OSHA.
Eli has trained thousands of managers and human resources representatives on all aspects of employment law, including introduction to employment law, wage-hour compliance, disability accommodations and leaves of absence, federal contractor compliance, retaliation, discrimination and harassment prevention, social media in the workplace, performance management, and reductions in force.
Prior to co-founding Ellis Buehler Makus, Eli served as in-house employment and medical staff counsel for a major California healthcare system. He was also an attorney with Hanson Bridgett LLP, where he provided advice to public and private employers and defended clients in state and federal court actions and administrative proceedings.
Eli received his law degree from the University of California, Davis.
Associations and Membership
American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section
State Bar of California, Labor and Employment Section
Sacramento County Bar Association
Association of Workplace Investigators
Sacramento Area Human Resources Association
Schwartz/Levi Chapter of the American Inns of Court
Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce, Workforce & Education Committee