Eric Alan Isaacson


“I have nothing but highest praise for Eric’s work and professionalism.”

– Rev. Dr. Rick Schlosser, Executive Director, California Council of Churches

Eric Isaacson’s practice has focused primarily on appellate matters in cases that have produced dozens of published precedents.

Eric Alan Isaacson received his Bachelor of Arts degree summa cum laude from Ohio University in 1982. He earned his Juris Doctor degree with high honors from Duke University School of Law in 1985 and was elected to the Order of the Coif. Mr. Isaacson served as a Note and Comment Editor for the Duke Law Journal and in his third year of law school became a member of the Moot Court Board. After graduation, Mr. Isaacson clerked for the Honorable J. Clifford Wallace of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

In 1986, Mr. Isaacson joined the litigation department of O’Melveny & Myers, where his practice included cases involving allegations of trademark infringement, unfair business practices and securities fraud. He served as a member of the trial team that successfully prosecuted a major trademark infringement action.

Mr. Isaacson joined the plaintiffs' bar in 1989, and has taken part in prosecuting many securities fraud class actions. He was a member of the plaintiffs’ trial team in In re Apple Computer Sec. Litig., No. C 84-20148(A)-JW (N.D. Cal.). Since the early 1990s, his practice has focused primarily on appellate matters in cases that have produced dozens of published precedents. See, e.g., In re Constar Int’l, Inc. Sec. Litig., 585 F.3d 774 (3d Cir. 2009); Hatfield v. Halifax PLC, 564 F.3d 1177 (9th Cir. 2009); Alaska Elec. Pension Fund v. Pharmacia Corp., 554 F.3d 342 (3d Cir. 2009); In re NYSE Specialists Sec. Litig. (Cal. Pub. Employees’ Ret. Sys. v. N.Y. Stock Exch., Inc.), 503 F.3d 89 (2d Cir. 2007); In re WorldCom Sec. Litig. (Cal. Pub. Employees' Ret. Sys. v. Caboto-Gruppo Intesa, BCI), 496 F.3d 245 (2d Cir. 2007); Sanford v. MemberWorks, Inc., 483 F.3d 956 (9th Cir. 2007); Sanchez v. County of San Diego, 464 F.3d 916 (9th Cir. 2006), rehearing denied, 483 F.3d 965 (2007); In re Daou Sys., Inc., Sec. Litig. (Sparling v. Daou), 411 F.3d 1006 (9th Cir. 2005); Ill. Mun. Ret. Fund v. CitiGroup, Inc., 391 F.3d 844 (7th Cir. 2004); Deutsch v. Turner Corp., 324 F.3d 692 (9th Cir. 2003); Lone Star Ladies Inv. Club v. Schlotzsky’s, Inc., 238 F.3d 363 (5th Cir. 2001); Hertzberg v. Dignity Partners, Inc., 191 F.3d 1076 (9th Cir. 1999); Warshaw v. Xoma Corp., 74 F.3d 955 (9th Cir. 1996); Fecht v. Price Co., 70 F.3d 1078 (9th Cir. 1995); and Mangini v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., 7 Cal. 4th 1057 (1994).

Mr. Isaacson’s publications include: Free Exercise for Whom? – Could the Religious-Liberty Principle that Catholics Established in Perez v. Sharp Also Protect Same-Sex Couples’ Right to Marry?, __ University of Detroit Mercy Law Review __ (forthcoming spring 2015); Goodridge Lights A Nation’s Way to Civic Equality, Boston Bar Journal, Nov. 15, 2013 (online at; Are Same-Sex Marriages Really a Threat to Religious Liberty?, 8 Stanford Journal of Civil Rights & Civil Liberties 123 (2012); Assaulting America’s Mainstream Values: Hans Zeiger’s Get Off My Honor: The Assault on the Boy Scouts of America, 5 Pierce Law Review 433 (2007); Traditional Values, or a New Tradition of Prejudice? The Boy Scouts of America vs. The Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations, 17 George Mason Civil Rights Law Journal 1 (2006); What's Brewing in Dura v. Broudo? A Review of the Supreme Court's Opinion and Its Import for Securities-Fraud Litigation (co-authored with Patrick J. Coughlin and Joseph D. Daley), 37 Loyola University Chicago Law Journal 1 (2005); Pleading 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 (co-authored with William S. Lerach), 33 San Diego Law Review 893 (1996); Securities Class Actions in the United States (co-authored with Patrick J. Coughlin), Litigation Issues in the Distribution of Securities: An International Perspective 399 (Kluwer International/International Bar Association, 1997); Pleading Standards Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: The Central District of California’s Chantal Decision (co-authored with Alan Schulman & Jennifer Wells), Class Action & Derivative Suits, Summer 1996, at 14; Commencing Litigation Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (co-authored with Patrick J. Coughlin), Securities Litigation 1996 9-22 (Practising Law Institute 1996); The Flag Burning Issue: A Legal Analysis and Comment, 23 Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review 535 (1990).

Mr. Isaacson has done extensive pro bono work. He has served as a cooperating attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union of San Diego and Imperial Counties representing indigent San Diegans. He also has filed amicus curiae briefs on behalf of a variety of organizations, including the Social Justice Ministry and Board of Trustees of the First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego where he teaches Sunday school. In California’s Marriage Cases, Mr. Isaacson was on the team of attorneys representing the California Council of Churches, the Union for Reform Judaism, the United Church of Christ, the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations, and the hundreds of other religious organizations and faith leaders, as amici curiae, insisting civil marriage is a civil right that California cannot withhold from same-sex couples. See In re Marriage Cases, 43 Cal. 4th 757, 773 (2008). Mr. Isaacson then represented the California Council of Churches, the General Synod of the United Church of Christ, the Episcopal Bishops of California and Los Angeles, the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations and Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministry California, and the Progressive Jewish Alliance as petitioners and amici in related proceedings challenging Proposition 8’s withdrawal of that fundamental right. See Strauss v. Horton, 46 Cal. 4th 364, 377-78 (2009); Cal. Council of Churches v. Horton, No. S168332 (Cal. July 8, 2009) (order denying writ of mandate or prohibition).

Mr. Isaacson has received awards for his pro bono work from the California State Bar and the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program, and in 2009 he received the Unitarian Universalist Association President’s Annual Award for Volunteer Service, which was awarded by the Rev. William G. Sinkford at the Association’s 48th General Assembly in Salt Lake City.

Mr. Isaacson served for several years as a member of the Board of Directors – and from March 2005 through June 2008 as Board President – of San Diego's Foundation for Change, an organization dedicated to funding and supporting community-led efforts to promote social equality, economic justice and environmental sustainability. Its grantees have included groups as diverse as Activist San Diego, the Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice, the Employee Rights Center, and the San Diego Audubon Society.

Honors & Awards

  • Super Lawyer, 2008-2015



Duke University School of Law, 1985, with high honors

  • Order of the Coif
  • Note and Comment Editor for the Duke Law Journal
  • Member, Moot Court Board

Ohio University, B.A., 1982, summa cum laude


  • California
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Courts of Appeals for the First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh, District of Columbia and Federal Circuits
  • United States District Courts for the Northern, Eastern, Central and Southern Districts of California


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