Lawrence S. Ebner

Founder, Capital Appellate Advocacy

Topics: Administrative Law & Regulation • Constitution • Federalism • Federalism & Separation of Powers • Litigation • Separation of Powers • Supreme Court • Federal Courts • First Amendment • Jurisprudence

Clients and colleagues routinely praise Mr. Ebner for his strategic thinking, as well as for his analytical, brief-writing and oral advocacy skills and hands-on approach. He has authored hundreds of briefs on complex legal issues for parties or amici curiae 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 Mr. Ebner’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 important to business and industry—for example, cases involving fairness in class-action or False Claims Act qui tam litigation. He 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.

Mr. Ebner’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 on behalf of the 22,000-lawyer organization. Following graduation from Harvard Law School, he began his legal career as an Honors Program attorney in the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.