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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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Practice areas


  1. Appeals: 80%
  2. Class Action: 20%

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  • Magdalena Chattopadhya

    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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Law Office of Eric Alan Isaacson

6580 Avenida Mirola
La Jolla, CA, 92037-6231


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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Roberto Alvarez AwardAmerican Constitution Society San Diego Lawyer Chapter2014
Hero AwardSt. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation2013
Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Community ServiceSan Diego Democrats for Equality2012
President’s Annual Award for Volunteer ServiceUnitarian Universalist Association2009
Unitarian Universalist of the Year Award for Community ServiceFirst Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego2008
Wiley W. Manuel Certificate for Pro Bono Legal ServicesCalifornia Bar Association2003
Distinguished Service AwardSan Diego Volunteer Lawyers Program2002
Order of the CoifDuke University School of Law1985
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerRobbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP2004 - 2016
Associate, then PartnerMilberg Weiss Bershad Hynes & Lerach1989 - 2004
Litigation AssociateO'Melveny & Myers1986 - 1989
Law Clerk to the Honorable J. Clifford WallaceUnited States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit1985 - 1986
Research Assistant to Professor William A. Reppy, Jr.Duke University School of Law1983 - 1983
Association namePosition nameDuration
Skinner House BooksMember, Editorial Board of Skinner House Books2016 - Present
American Constitution Society, San Diego Lawyer Chapterboard member2009 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
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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Publication nameTitleDate
University of Detroit Mercy Law ReviewFree Exercise for Whom? – Could the Religious-Liberty Principle that Catholics Established in Perez v. Sharp Also Protect Same-Sex Couples’ Right to Marry?2015
Akron Law ReviewThe Roberts Court and Securities Class Actions: Reaffirming Basic Principles2015
Boston Bar JournalGoodridge Lights A Nation’s Way to Civic Equality2013
Stanford Journal of Civil Rights and Civil LibertiesAre Same-Sex Marriages Really a Threat to Religious Liberty?2012
Pierce Law ReviewAssaulting America’s Mainstream Values: Hans Zeiger’s Get Off My Honor: The Assault on the Boy Scouts of America2007
George Mason University Civil Rights Law JournalTraditional Values, or a New Tradition of Prejudice? The Boy Scouts of America vs. The Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations2006
Loyola University Chicago Law JournalWhat's Brewing in Dura v. Broudo? The Plaintiffs' Attorneys Review the Supreme Court's Opinion and Its Import for Securities-Fraud Litigation (coauthored with Patrick J. Coughlin & Joseph D. Daley)2005
Litigation Issues in the Distribution of Securities 399 (Kluwer/IBA, 1997)Securities Class Actions in the United States (coauthored with Patrick J. Coughlin)1997
San Diego Law ReviewPleading Scienter Under Section 21D(b)(2) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934: Motive, Opportunity, Recklessness, and the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (coathored with Wlliam S. Lerach)1996
Class Action & Derivative Suits, Summer 1996, at 14Alan 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 Decision1996
Loyola of Los Angeles Law ReviewThe Flag-Burning Issue: A Legal Analysis and Comment1990
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Duke University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1985
Ohio Universityhistory/economicsA.B.1982
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Acting Dean Lindi Ramsden’s class on Bending the Arc: Effective Justice MinistriesGuest 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. Sax2014