activity-dine activity-more activity-play activity-shop activity-stay arrow-leftarrow-rightchevron-downchevron-rightchevron-up close download email gridlistlocationmime-default mime-link mime-pdf mime-video pin search social-facebook social-flickr social-instagram social-linkedin social-pinterest social-rss social-twitter social-youtube berth-request-form blue-economy boat-launches breakbulk contact-the-port cruise-information current-rfps dine docks-and-anchorages drybulk economic-impact events faqs green-business-network harbor-police job-opportunities live-vessel-tracking news play port-events public-meetings refrigerated-avocados refrigerated-bananas refrigerated-pineapple shop stay tenant-resources tidelands-activation-program view-bidding-opportunities commercial-vessels current-conditions directions fact security agendas calendar cruise documents information jobs map meeting minutes notification parking permits reporting reports reservation rfps rules tap vendors video-play weather-cloudy weather-partly-cloudy weather-rainy weather-sunny weather zoom Skip to main content
Executive Leadership Group

Ellen F. Gross

Assistant General Counsel

Ellen Gross was appointed Assistant General Counsel in July 2013. She has been an attorney for over 22 years and a public sector attorney for over 15 years. Her expertise as a litigator was honed during her time as a Deputy Public Defender in San Diego County’s first Office of the Public Defender in which she was part of the first class of post-bar clerks hired by the office. She went on to private practice specializing in civil rights law and employment law. In 1997, Gross joined the Office of the City Attorney in the City of Chula Vista. In 2000, she was recruited by the San Diego Unified Port District’s Office of the Port Attorney as a Deputy Port Attorney III. Her areas of practice include labor and employment law, litigation, civil rights and law enforcement, municipal law, environmental law, first amendment, and land use. Gross has extensive knowledge of the District’s legal issues and has represented the District in numerous litigation matters administratively including matters before the Regional Water Quality Control Board, in state and federal court, as well as the Fourth District and Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeals. She worked extensively on the Port District’s ongoing anchoring regulations, and its recent vendor/performer ordinance. Gross graduated from U.C. Berkeley earning a degree in History. She obtained her Juris Doctor from the University of San Diego where she was lauded for her oral advocacy skills and her commitment to individual civil rights.