Lawrence S. Ebner

Larry Ebner is an accomplished and steadfast advocate for business and industry in federal and state appellate courts throughout the United States. Individual corporations, national trade associations, and professional groups call upon Larry when they need an experienced, articulate, and persuasive voice in the U.S. Supreme Court, federal courts of appeals, and state courts of last resort. After more than 40 years as a Washington, D.C.-based appellate litigator and practice leader at a major law firm, Larry launched his own, nationwide, appellate litigation boutique, Capital Appellate Advocacy PLLC. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School and a Fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers.

Clients and colleagues praise Larry for his strategic thinking, as well as for his hands-on approach and analytical, brief-writing, and oral advocacy skills. He has authored hundreds of briefs on complex legal issues – including many amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) briefs – and presented oral arguments in numerous federal and state appeals courts. Much of Larry’s practice focuses on appeals  that  implicate significant federal interests, such as national defense or federal regulation of potentially hazardous products, and civil justice issues, such as class-action fairness. Larry is particularly well known for his expertise on federal preemption of state and local law.

Larry’s thought leadership is reflected in his prolific professional writing and speaking. He is active in DRI-The Voice of the Defense Bar, where he serves as Chair of the Amicus Committee and a frequent author of Supreme Court amicus curiae briefs and appellate practice-related articles for that 22,000-lawyer organization. He also serves as Editor of The Appellate Advocate, the newsletter of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers. In recognition of his appellate litigation achievements, Larry has been selected to the 2018 Washington DC Super Lawyers list.

Following graduation from Dartmouth College in 1969 and Harvard Law School in 1972, Larry began his legal career as an Honors Program attorney in the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • Harvard Law School
    J.D. (1972)

Dartmouth College
B.A., with honors, Phi Beta Kappa (1969)

Fellow, American Academy of Appellate Lawyers

  • Editor, The Appellate Advocate

DRI-The Voice of the Defense Bar

  • Chair, Amicus Committee
  • Publications Chair, Appellate Advocacy Committee
  • Member, Center for Law and Public Policy
  • Former Board Member, National Foundation for Judicial Excellence

National Defense Industrial Association

The Federalist Society

Dartmouth Lawyers Association

District of Columbia Bar

Courts

  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U. S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • U. S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U. S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U. S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U. S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U. S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U. S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U. S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U. S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U. S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • U. S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U. S. Court of Appeals for the TenthCircuit
  • U. S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U. S. District Court for the District of Maryland