An Independent, Highly Experienced, Appellate Specialist
Larry Ebner is an accomplished, steadfast advocate for businesses and industries 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 articulate voice in the Supreme Court, federal courts of appeals, and state appellate courts.
Larry began practicing law in 1972 following graduation from Harvard Law School. His first legal position was as an Honor Program attorney in the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. He then spent 42 years as a Washington, D.C.-based litigator and appellate practice leader at a national law firm that in 2015 was acquired by a global giant. In 2016 Larry decided to depart “Big Law” so that he could serve his clients in a more personalized, cost-effective manner. He launched his own nationwide appellate litigation boutique, Capital Appellate Advocacy PLLC.
Much of Larry’s nationwide legal practice focuses on matters that involve the federal government or federal law. This includes, for example, cases involving interpretation or application of federal statutes and regulations; tort litigation concerning federally regulated or procured products or services; and federal civil justice issues. Larry is particularly well known for his substantive expertise on federal preemption of state and local law, and all aspects of pesticide regulation.
Strategic Thinking Enhanced By Finely Honed Brief Writing & Oral Advocacy Skills
Clients and colleagues praise Larry for his analytical, brief writing, and oral advocacy skills, and for approaching litigation and other client problems strategically.
Larry is a “hands on” attorney. He researches and writes his own legal briefs, and personally appears in court on behalf of clients. When helpful to a client, Larry teams seamlessly with trial counsel at other firms.
As an independent professional, Larry has the flexibility to serve the needs of all types and sizes of corporate and nonprofit clients. His solo-practice firm rarely encounters the conflicts of interest that burden multi-practice mega-firms. Larry also sets his own flat-rate and hourly-rate fees, which are usually lower than a large firm would charge for a senior partner with Larry’s level of experience.
Devoted To the Legal Profession
Larry is a prolific writer and popular speaker on a broad range of subjects. Some of his favorite topics include the practical significance of recent Supreme Court decisions, strategic use and preparation of high-impact amicus curiae briefs, and how attorneys can function effectively in today's digital world.
Larry has been inducted as a Fellow of the prestigious American Academy of Appellate Lawyers. He also serves as a Vice Chair of the Center for Law and Public Policy, Immediate Past Chair of the Amicus Committee, and Publications Chair of the Appellate Advocacy Committee, for DRI-The Voice of the Defense Bar.
In recognition of his accomplishments, Larry also has been selected as a Washington, D.C. Super Lawyer - Appellate Litigation for 2018, 2019, and 2020. He is one of three solo practitioners on the 2020 Super Lawyers list of Washington, D.C.'s top 48 private-practice appellate specialists.
- Dartmouth College, B.A. (1969)
- Harvard Law School, J.D. (1972)
- District of Columbia Bar
- Supreme Court of the United States
- United States Courts of Appeals (all circuits)
- Fellow, American Academy of Appellate Lawyers
- 2018, 2019, 2020 Super Lawyers