Jeffrey I. Ehrlich
The Ehrlich Law Firm
1237 W. 4th Street, Second Floor
Claremont, CA 91711
Phone: (909) 625-5565 | Fax: (909) 625-5477 | Email
Since forming the Ehrlich Law Firm in 2006, Mr. Ehrlich has become one of the California plaintiff’s bar’s most trusted appellate advocates. His client list includes many of California’s premier trial lawyers, including Bill Shernoff, Mike Bidart, Ricardo Echeverria, Arash Homampour, Robert Simon, Mike Alder, Garo Mardirossian, John Taylor, Paul Kiesel, Gary Paul, Rahul Ravipudi, Tom Girardi, Tony Stuart, Ray Boucher, Conal Doyle, Jack Denove, Spencer Lucas, and Stan Jacobs.
He was the first attorney to be twice honored as CAALA’s “Appellate Attorney of the Year”, in 2004 and 2008. He now serves as an Emeritus Member of the CAALA Board of Directors, and for the last decade has been the editor-in-chief of CAALA’s Advocate magazine.
As an appellate advocate, Mr. Ehrlich has won landmark decisions in the areas of insurance law, negligence law, arbitration, ERISA, and appellate procedure. He has successfully defended more than a dozen multi-million-dollar judgments on appeal and has convinced appellate courts to overturn dozens more erroneous trial-court rulings. Those reversals have often precipitated favorable settlements for trial counsel.
Appellate work and legal writing have been a significant part of Mr. Ehrlich’s practice since he was first admitted to practice law in 1985. As an associate with the Los Angeles law firm of Hufstedler, Miller, Carlson & Beardsley, Mr. Ehrlich was privileged to work with and be trained by brilliant lawyers like retired California Supreme Court Justice Otto Kaus, retired Federal Circuit Judge Shirley Hufstedler, and retired Justice of the California Court of Appeal, Robert Thompson. He also worked closely with two young partners, Laurie Zelon and Dennis Perluss, who now sit as Justices of the California Court of Appeal.
Mr. Ehrlich is a cum laude graduate of the Harvard Law School. After graduation he clerked for the Hon. Judith N. Keep, former Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California.
In his second year of practice, Mr. Ehrlich handled the primary briefing in Smith v. Mulvaney (9th Cir. 1987) 827 F.2d 558, and two years later he briefed, argued, and obtained favorable published decisions in Bell v. 20th Century Ins. Co. (1989) 212 Cal.App.3rd 194 and Bell v. Superior Court (20th Century Ins.) (1989) 215 Cal.App.3rd 1103.
In 1996 he was one of the first attorneys certified as an appellate specialist by the California Bar’s Committee on Legal Specialization. Since establishing the Ehrlich Law Firm in 2006 he has obtained 54 published appellate decisions, including 6 victories in the California Supreme Court.
Mr. Ehrlich’s ability to draft legal arguments and to present them effectively has also resulted in many favorable, but unpublished, decisions in the trial and appellate courts. While these decisions affect only the parties involved in the litigation, they often involve critical aspects in the case on which the entire litigation turns. For example, defeating a defendant’s summary-judgment motion in the trial court is often the key to forcing a defendant to settle a case. While handling the significant law-and-motion matters for Shernoff Bidart Echeverria, LLP, Mr. Ehrlich has defeated numerous summary-judgment motions in the firm’s major cases, leading to several seven-figure and eight-figure settlements.
Mr. Ehrlich is also an expert on California insurance law and is a co-author of the definitive treatise on that subject, Croskey, Heeseman, Ehrlich & Klee, California Practice Guide – Insurance Litigation (Rutter 2018.) He is a frequent speaker for the Rutter Group and CAALA and is on the faculty of CAALA’s Trial Lawyer College.