Sheldon Eisenberg is a partner in the firm’s Commercial Litigation Practice Group. For more than 30 years, companies from all sectors of the Southern California economy – from cutting-edge technology and telecommunications companies to financial institutions and real estate developers, from Hollywood studios and other entertainment companies to software developers and publishers, literary and talent agencies, and advertisers and public relations firms – have sought Sheldon’s assistance, advice and counsel for their most significant litigation problems. Sheldon also has extensive experience in the defense of class-action matters, including his recent defense of a nationwide class-action suit regarding the recording of phone calls, and the defense of a class-action suit alleging violation of a consumer-privacy statute.
Sheldon has successfully represented his diverse group of clients through effective pretrial strategies, well crafted motions and, when necessary, taking cases to trial in state and federal courts or arbitration. He also has extensive appellate experience around the country, having won cases for clients in matters before the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the Second Circuit, the California Courts of Appeal, the Nevada and New Mexico Supreme Courts, and the appellate courts of New Jersey.
Prior Experience. Sheldon began his legal career with Irell & Manella LLP in 1981 and became a partner there in 1987. He joined Bryan Cave LLP in 1997, where he served as the leader of the firm's Los Angeles litigation practice and later became a member of its Executive Committee.
Immediately prior to joining the firm, Sheldon had been the principal founding partner of Eisenberg Raizman Thurston & Wong LLP. During his time at ERTW:
He obtained a defense verdict and recovered attorneys’ fees after a two-week jury trial of a commercial lease dispute concerning a public company’s national headquarters;
He acted as lead trial counsel in a $140 million action regarding a massive cell phone outage in France that was resolved after the commencement of trial in the Eastern District of North Carolina;
He obtained a multi-million dollar award in an arbitration before a three-judge panel involving trade secrets claims and the dissolution of a closely held company; and
He led the resolution of claims in confidential arbitration for three literary talent agencies in a dispute with a major television studio over a package commission agreement.
In General. Since 2004, Sheldon has been named by Los Angeles magazine and Law & Politics as one of Southern California’s Super Lawyers. He has also served as a judge pro tem for the Los Angeles Municipal Court, and continues to act as a volunteer arbitrator for the Los Angeles County Bar Association Fee Arbitration Program.
Sheldon earned his J.D. in 1981 from the University of Calfornia, Berkeley School of Law, where he was an extern with Justice Stanley Mosk of the California Supreme Court. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1978 and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa.