Eli conducts workplace investigations on complex and sensitive disputes for public and private employers. He has conducted investigations for public agencies across California, including state agencies, cities, counties, school districts and other special districts. Eli is called on to investigate a variety of issues, including harassment, discrimination, retaliation and employee misconduct. His investigations have involved individuals at all levels in the organization, including executive officers, directors, department heads, elected officials and citizens. Eli regularly conducts investigations under the Firefighters Procedural Bill of Rights Act and the Public Safety Officers Procedural Bill of Rights Act.
Eli serves on the Board for the Association of Workplace Investigators (AWI). He regularly trains attorneys and Human Resources professionals as full-time faculty at AWI’s ANSI accredited training institute. He has trained thousands of managers and human resources representatives on all aspects of employment law, including conducting workplace investigations, EEO compliance, disability accommodation and social media in the workplace.
Eli advises employers in employment law compliance. He partners with clients to identify legal risks and develop creative solutions before claims arise.
Prior to co-founding Ellis 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 represented public and private employers in all areas of employment law.
Eli received his law degree from the University of California, Davis.
Associations and Membership
Association of Workplace Investigators
Sacramento Area Human Resources Association
Sacramento County Bar Association
State Bar of California, Labor and Employment Law Section