Lawrence S. Ebner
Executive Vice President and General Counsel
Larry Ebner serves as Executive Vice President & General Counsel of the Atlantic Legal Foundation, where he is responsible for all aspects of ALF’s nationally renowned amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) program. In addition to ensuring that the amicus program fulfills ALF’s overarching mission and strategic objectives, Larry monitors U.S. Supreme Court, federal court of appeals, and state appellate court cases for possible ALF amicus participation, reviews requests for ALF amicus support, and personally authors ALF’s amicus briefs.
Larry is a highly experienced, accomplished, and steadfast advocate for businesses and industries in federal and state appellate courts throughout the United States. He began practicing law in 1972 following graduation from Harvard Law School and Dartmouth College.
Larry’s first legal position was as an Honors 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 absorbed by a global giant. One year later, 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. Larry’s independent appellate litigation 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 such as class-action fairness. Larry is particularly well known for his substantive expertise on federal preemption of state and local law.
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 highly selective American Academy of Appellate Lawyers. He also serves as Vice Chair of the Center for Law and Public Policy for DRI-The Voice of the Defense Bar, where he also is Immediate Past Chair of the Amicus Committee and Immediate Past Publications Chair of the Appellate Advocacy Committee.