About The Ehrlich Law Firm

Legal Writing for the Plaintiffs’ Trial Bar

The bulk of our practice involves work we do for other attorneys. We are proud that so many accomplished trial lawyers turn to us for help with complex legal writing projects, such as appeals and writs.

Orange County Courthouse circa 1901
Orange County Courthouse, completed in 1901. Courtesy Seaver Center for Western History Research, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and http://www.courtinfo.ca.gov

When large corporate defendants win or lose a jury verdict, or any type of major case at the trial level, they often bring in appellate specialists to handle the post-trial briefing.

Sophisticated clients understand that the skills that win trials are not necessarily the skills that win appeals, and that appellate specialists are often best prepared to defend or attack a verdict on appeal.

Effective lawyering requires a wealth of skills, and most lawyers gravitate to what they enjoy and what they are good at. While most lawyers are called on to write in the course of their practice, few devote themselves to becoming accomplished legal writers.

Only those with a keen interest in writing are likely to take seminars on writing, read books on effective written advocacy, seek out expert editors and subject their writing to blunt criticism, and then practice the lessons learned on countless motions, oppositions, and briefs.

A look at our bookshelf reveals where our interests lie. It is filled with books on writing, usage dictionaries, and written advocacy. We care about writing well, and have devoted considerable effort to develop and maintain our writing skills. [Sample Briefs]

As a result of this hard work, and 20 years of practice, we are recognized as being among the best plaintiffs’ appellate firms in California. This is why the Consumer Attorneys of Los Angeles – the third largest trial lawyer association in the nation – recognized Jeffrey I. Ehrlich its appellate lawyer of the year for 2004 and 2008.

This is also why Michael Bidart of Shernoff Bidart Echeverria LLP, one of the most successful plaintiff’s attorneys in the nation (and our former law partner) uses us as his appellate counsel.

Few attorneys can match Mr. Ehrlich’s appellate experience. His skill is in analyzing complex legal and factual issues, and presenting them to the court in a clear, persuasive manner. We can help plaintiff’s attorneys with any appellate matter in either the state or the federal appellate courts.

We can defend favorable verdicts and attack unfavorable ones. We can draft writ petitions to seek appellate review of a devastating – but unappealable – trial court ruling, or respond to petitions filed by an opponent. We are experienced in seeking reversals in cases where the defendant has prevailed on summary judgment.


Jeffrey I. Ehrlich, a lawyer’s lawyer

Appellate lawyer, Jeffrey EhrlichOur principal attorney is Jeffrey I. Ehrlich, a certified appellate specialist by the State Bar of California’s Committee on Legal Specialization. In California, only lawyers who receive this certification can call themselves “appellate specialists.” In order to be eligible for certification, a lawyer must have handled a minimum number of appellate matters, must devote at least half his or her practice to appellate work, and must pass a one-day examination. Recertification is required every five years.

Mr. Ehrlich was among the first attorneys in California certified as an appellate specialist. As of January 2015, there were only 282 certified appellate specialists in California, out of more than 170,000 California lawyers.

In all, Mr. Ehrlich has argued over 75 appeals, and has briefed or supervised the briefing in over 175 appeals. He has also authored briefs as amicus curiae in the California Supreme Court and the California Courts of Appeal on behalf of the Consumer Attorneys of California, United Policyholders, CalPIRG, and other consumer organizations. He is a member of the Consumer Attorneys of California amicus committee.

Thirty of the appeals that Mr. Ehrlich has briefed and argued have been published.

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