About Jeffrey I. Ehrlich

Jeffrey Isaac Ehrlich

Appellate Law Attorney

Jeffrey Isaac Ehrlich, Civil Appeals Attorney


Mr. Ehrlich’s published opinions include landmark opinions concerning insurance bad faith, ERISA, Medicare, and arbitration.The Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (“CAALA”), the third-largest trial-lawyer organization in the United States, has twice honored him as its Appellate Lawyer of the Year (in 2004 and 2008). He is the first two-time winner of the award.

 

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Encino, CA 91436

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Legal experience

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 & Beadsley, 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.

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 his career Ehrlich has argued almost 200 appeals — appearing before the U.S. Supreme Court, 7 of the 13 federal circuits, and virtually every appellate court in California. Since establishing his solo practice in 2006 he has been lead counsel in 31 California appellate decisions, of which 17 were published. This includes three victories in the California Supreme Court, where he currently has two additional appeals pending.

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.

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 Ehrlich’s ability to draft legal arguments and to present them effectively has also resulted in many favorable, but unpublished, decisions in the trial and appellate courts.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 defeated numerous summary-judgment motions in the firm’s major cases, leading to several seven-figure and eight-figure settlements.

Experienced trial lawyer

While much of Mr. Ehrlich’s experience has been focused on written advocacy, he also has significant trial experience, having tried several jury and bench trials in state and federal court, and having assisted Michael Bidart and Ricardo Echeverria of Shernoff Bidart Echeverria, LLP in winning multi-million-dollar verdicts for their clients.

Mr. Ehrlich is one of the few lawyers who has ever tried and won a claim for bad-faith denial of the existence of a contract – a tort that was created by the California Supreme Court in 1984 and abolished by that court 11 years later. Mr. Ehrlich’s case, Todt v. HOH Water Technologies, Inc., was tried in the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, and resulted in a $765,000 judgment for the plaintiff, including an award of punitive damages.

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The Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (“CAALA”), the third-largest trial-lawyer organization in the United States, has twice honored him as its Appellate Lawyer of the Year (in 2004 and 2008). He is the first two-time winner of the award.

A respected legal authority

Mr. Ehrlich is a frequent speaker at continuing legal education seminars, and has lectured on appellate advocacy, legal writing, insurance law, arbitration, and other subjects. He has been a featured speaker to consumer and business groups, including the American Association of Trial Lawyers, the Consumer Attorneys Association of California, the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, The Rutter Group, the National Employment Lawyers Association, the Legal Education Institute, Mealy’s, the California Regional TLA conference, and the Association of Southern California Defense Counsel.

He is an associate editor of that organization’s Advocate magazine, and edits the yearly issues on insurance and on appeals. His articles on insurance law, appeals, HMOs, arbitration, and other topics have been published in the Advocate, as well as in the Consumer Attorneys of California’s Forum, and the Los Angeles Daily Journal. [Published Articles]

Mr. Ehrlich is the editor-in-chief of The Advocate, the magazine of the Southern California Consumer Attorneys Association. He also edits that magazine’s issues on insurance and on law-and-motion and appeals. He has also authored articles on appellate and law-and-motion practice; on oral argument; and on substantive legal topics, such as insurance, arbitration, patient rights, and federal preemption of state law under ERISA, Medicare, and the Federal Arbitration Act.

Education and professional background

Jeffrey Ehrlich is a Harvard Law School GraduateMr. Ehrlich is a cum laude graduate of the Harvard Law School, with over 20 years of civil litigation experience. He is certified as an appellate specialist by the California Board of Legal Specialization. Mr. Ehrlich’s litigation experience ranges from jury trials to arguing before the United States Supreme Court.

After law school, Mr. Ehrlich had the privilege of clerking for the Hon. Judith N. Keep, former Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. From 1992 to 1996, Mr. Ehrlich worked in the Legal Division of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation as an appellate lawyer in the agency’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., representing the agency before federal appellate courts across the country.

He moved to Claremont, California in 1999 and joined Shernoff Bidart Darras & Echeverria, LLP, California’s premier plaintiff’s insurance bad-faith firm. There, he headed the firm’s appellate practice group and supervised the bulk of the firm’s law-and-motion practice. In 2000, he was made partner in the firm.

Mr. Ehrlich founded the Ehrlich Law Firm in 2006, and still works closely with Shernoff Bidart Echeverria LLP on many matters, providing appellate and litigation expertise.

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