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Eric Alan Isaacson

Appeals Attorney at La Jolla, CA

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  • Licensed for 38 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1985
    Active No misconduct found

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Practice areas
  1. Appeals
    My practice has focused primarily on federal appeals in federal securities cases and other class actions.

  2. Class action
    My practice has focused primarily on federal appeals in federal securities cases and other class actions.

For more than two decades my practice has focused on civil appeals in federal court.  I have briefed and argued appeals before all but three of the thirteen federal appellate circuit courts, and have participated in briefing several cases on the merits before the United States Supreme Court.  I also have filed numerous amicus curiae briefs, often on behalf of institutional investors supporting honest securities markets, as well as on behalf of religious organizations and faith leaders supporting religious liberty and equal rights for all.  My pro bono work seeking to advance religious liberty and civil rights has been recognized with awards from the Unitarian Universalist Association, St. Paul's Foundation for International Reconciliation, the American Constitution Society's San Diego Lawyer Chapter, the First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego, and San Diego's Democrats for Equality.  

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Eric Alan Isaacson receiving the Unitarian Universalist Association President's Award for Volunteer Service from UUA President William Sinkford, at Salt Lake City, 2009 (photo by Nancy Pierce)
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Law Office of Eric Alan Isaacson
6580 Avenida Mirola
La Jolla, CA, 92037-6231

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Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP
  • 2004 - 2016
  • Associate, then Partner
  • Milberg Weiss Bershad Hynes & Lerach
  • 1989 - 2004
  • Litigation Associate
  • O'Melveny & Myers
  • 1986 - 1989
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable J. Clifford Wallace
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • 1985 - 1986
  • Research Assistant to Professor William A. Reppy, Jr.
  • Duke University School of Law
  • 1983 - 1983
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  • Duke University School of Law
  • J.D.
  • 1985
  • Ohio University
  • A.B.
  • 1982

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Obergefell v. Hodges, Nos. 14-556, 14-562, 14-571, 14-574 (U.S. June 26, 2015)
  • The United States Supreme Court upheld same-sex couples' right to marry.
  • Omnicare, Inc. v. Laborers Dist. Council Constr. Indus. Pension Fund,, 135 S.Ct. 1318 (2015)
  • The United States Supreme Court vacated the decision of the Sixth Circuit and remanded for further proceedings.
  • Latta v. Otter, 771 F.3d 456 (9th Cir. 2014)
  • The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals sustained same-sex couples' right to marry.
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  • Skinner House Books
  • Member, Editorial Board of Skinner House Books
  • 2016 - Present
  • American Constitution Society, San Diego Lawyer Chapter
  • board member
  • 2009 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Roberto Alvarez Award
  • American Constitution Society San Diego Lawyer Chapter
  • 2014
  • Hero Award
  • St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation
  • 2013
  • Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Community Service
  • San Diego Democrats for Equality
  • 2012
  • President’s Annual Award for Volunteer Service
  • Unitarian Universalist Association
  • 2009
  • Unitarian Universalist of the Year Award for Community Service
  • First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego
  • 2008
  • Wiley W. Manuel Certificate for Pro Bono Legal Services
  • California Bar Association
  • 2003
  • Distinguished Service Award
  • San Diego Volunteer Lawyers Program
  • 2002
  • Order of the Coif
  • Duke University School of Law
  • 1985
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  • Class Action & Derivative Suits, Summer 1996, at 14
  • Alan Schulman, Eric Alan Isaacson, and Jennifer Wells, Pleading Standards Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: The Central District of California’s Chantal Decision
  • 1996
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Speaking Engagements

  • Acting Dean Lindi Ramsden’s class on Bending the Arc: Effective Justice Ministries
  • Guest lecturer, with Hillary Goodridge and the Rev. Susan Frederick Grey, on matters of law and justice for future clergy.
  • 2015
  • “Is Contraceptive Coverage Contra Religions Freedom?”
  • Panel discussion on the Hobby Lobby case; panelist with Professors Susan A. Channick and Glenn C. Smith, moderated by Professor Joanna K. Sax
  • 2014

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Appeals Attorney | Nov 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I've known Eric for over 20 years. He is an extremely intelligent, intellectual, and analytical lawyer. I highly recommend him to handle the most complex legal issues."
Unknown Attorney | May 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Eric is one of the most brilliant attorneys I know. He is smart, hard-working, and a pleasure to work with."

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La Jolla Appeals Lawyer Eric Alan Isaacson
Eric Alan Isaacson
Appeals Attorney
La Jolla, CA
Licensed for 38 years