Lawrence S. Ebner
Executive Vice President and General Counsel
Larry Ebner brings 50 years of litigation knowledge, experience, and skills to the Atlantic Legal Foundation, where he serves as Executive Vice President & General Counsel. He is responsible for ALF’s judicial advocacy activities, including all aspects of the Foundation’s renowned, nationwide, amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) program. In addition to monitoring and analyzing cases for possible ALF amicus participation, he reviews requests for ALF amicus support and personally authors ALF’s amicus briefs in the Supreme Court, federal courts of appeals, and state appellate courts.
Larry began practicing law in 1972 following graduation from Dartmouth College and Harvard Law School. His first legal position was as an Honors Program attorney in the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, where he learned much about how the federal government’s three branches operate. 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. One year later Larry decided to depart “Big Law” and launch his own nationwide appellate litigation boutique, Capital Appellate Advocacy PLLC, so that he could pursue his passion for appellate litigation in a more personalized, cost-effective manner. Since July 2020 Larry has devoted most of his professional time to the Atlantic Legal Foundation, while continuing to independently advise and represent long-time corporate and trade association clients through his independent law firm. Throughout his career, Larry has focused primarily on federal issues that affect free enterprise and civil justice.
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 Fellow of the highly selective American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, and as a member of the prestigious Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel. He also serves as Vice Chair of the Center for Law and Public Policy for DRI-The Voice of the Defense Bar, a voluntary association of more than 16,000 civil litigation defense attorneys.
Larry and his wife Barbara enjoy spending time with their two daughters and sons-in-law, and five grandchildren.