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. Companies of all sizes, national trade associations, and professional organizations call upon Larry when they need an experienced and articulate voice in the U.S. Supreme Court, federal courts of appeals, and state appellate courts. 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 highly selective American Academy of Appellate Lawyers. In further recognition of his appellate litigation achievements, Larry is included on the 2018 & 2019 Washington DC Super Lawyers list.

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 and security, government procurement, and federal regulation of potentially hazardous products. He also represents the interests of business and industry in appeals involving civil justice issues, such as class-action fairness. Larry is particularly well known for his expertise on federal preemption of state and local law, including state product liability and tort 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 20,000-lawyer organization.

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

International Network of Boutique & Independent Law Firms

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