Lawrence S. Ebner

Larry Ebner is an accomplished advocate for businesses and industries that need a strong and persuasive voice in federal and state appellate courts throughout the United States.  He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers and a 2018 Washington, D.C. Super Lawyer.  After 42 years as a Washington, D.C.-based litigator and practice leader at a major law firm, Larry launched his own, national, high-stakes appellate litigation boutique, Capital Appellate Advocacy.

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 for individual corporations, for business and industry associations, and for  professional organizations, in the Supreme Court, in every federal circuit court of appeals, and in state appellate courts, and has presented oral arguments in federal and state appellate courts throughout the United States. Much of Larry’s practice focuses on appeals that implicate significant federal interests—for example, cases involving federally regulated or procured products or services—or civil justice issues—for example, class-action fairness. Larry is a nationally recognized expert on constitutionally based pretrial defenses, such as federal preemption of state-law product liability suits involving pesticides, drugs, medical devices, and other federally regulated products.

Larry’s thought leadership is reflected in his prolific professional writing and speaking. He serves as Editor of The Appellate Advocate, the newsletter of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers.  Larry also 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 on behalf of the 22,000-lawyer organization.   In recognition of his appellate litigation achievements, Larry has been selected to the 2018 Washington DC Super Lawyers list.

Following graduation from Harvard Law School and Dartmouth College, 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