Appellate Lawyer Hall of Fame Winners

2019 – Jon B. Eisenberg

Jon B. Eisenberg has nearly four decades of experience in appellate litigation. He is the author of the leading treatise on California civil appellate practice, The Rutter Group’s “California Practice Guide: Civil Appeals and Writs,” and is a Past-President of the California Academy of Appellate Lawyers. Jon has argued a dozen cases in the California Supreme Court and nearly 100 cases in the California Courts of Appeal and the United States Courts of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the District of Columbia Circuit.

Jon’s clients range from Fortune 500 companies to nonprofit entities and to individuals of modest means in pro bono and public interest litigation. He has participated in numerous civil rights cases involving issues such as the right to die, same-sex marriage, sexual orientation discrimination, free speech, national security, and force-feeding of hunger-striking detainees at Guantánamo Bay. His 2006 book “The Right vs. The Right to Die” is a nonfiction account of the Terri Schiavo case, in which he participated as one of the attorneys representing Terri’s husband, Michael Schiavo. In 2016, Jon received the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Pamela E. Dunn Appellate Justice Award for his “extraordinary contributions to appellate justice. ”In 2011, he received California Lawyer magazine’s “Attorney of the Year” (CLAY) award in constitutional law for his  work on a lawsuit challenging President George W. Bush’s warrantless wiretapping program. In 2010, he was featured in the Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal as one of ten “Lawyers Who Helped Shape a Decade.” He regularly appears on the list of the top 100 Northern California “Super Lawyers.”

Jon is a California State Bar Certified Appellate Specialist. 

University of California, Hastings College of Law,
J.D. 1979
University of California, Irvine, B.A. 1974 

Judicial Clerkships
Hon. Winslow Christian,
California Court of Appeal, First Appellate District (1979-1980)
Hon. Donald B. King,
California Court of Appeal, First Appellate District (1983-1996)  

Bar Admissions
U.S. Supreme Court
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals
U.S. District Court, Northern and Central California Districts

Professional Affiliations
Member, California Academy of Appellate Lawyers
Fellow, American Academy of Appellate Lawyers
Special Counsel, Electronic Frontier Foundation

Litigation Experience
Law Office of Jon B. Eisenberg, 2018-present
Horvitz & Levy LLP, 1996-2006 & 2012-2018
Eisenberg & Hancock LLP, 2006-2012
Farella, Braun & Martel LLP, 1978-1980 & 1982-1984  

Boards and Commissions
California Academy of Appellate Lawyers, President 2016-2017
California Appellate Process Task Force (“Strankman  Commission”),1997-2000
Alameda County Bar Association, board of directors, 1993-1995 ​

University of California, Hastings College of Law, Adjunct Professor, 2001-2011 (appellate process)
Frequent lecturer in Continuing Legal Education

2018 – Ellis Horvitz
Ellis J. Horvitz

Ellis Horvitz is a visionary and pioneer in civil appellate practice, universally known as “the dean of the California appellate bar.” Ellis’ deep involvement and noteworthy success in California civil appellate practice is widely known. He has briefed more than 80 cases in the California Supreme Court and presented oral argument in more than 50. He coauthored The Rutter Group’s California Practice Guide: Civil Appeals and Writs, now the leading treatise on the subject. He is a founding member of the California Academy of Appellate Lawyers, a fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, and served on the State Bar Committee on the Appellate Courts from 1972 to 1976. Chambers and Partners USA ranked Ellis as a Senior Statesman from 2007 to 2009.

Beyond his dedication to and mastery of appellate law, Ellis was the first “startup” entrepreneur in the field of civil appeals. He began his appellate practice as a sole practitioner when there was no recognized appellate practice specialty and went on from there to found a firm which is now the largest boutique law firm in the nation dedicated to winning civil appeals.

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