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 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 American Academy of Appellate Lawyers. In recognition of his appellate litigation achievements, Larry has been selected to the 2018 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. Larry is particularly well known for his expertise on federal preemption of state and local law. He also represents the interests of business and industry in appeals involving civil justice issues, such as class-action fairness.
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.
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.