Jay-Allen Eisen

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Appellate Attorney in Sacramento, CA

Jay-Allen Eisen Law Corporation
 | 1000 G Street, Suite 210
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: 916-444-6171
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2018
Licensed Since: 1969
Practice Areas:
  • Appellate (80%),
  • Administrative Law (20%)
Attorney Profile

Jay-Allen Eisen is the principal at the Sacramento, California, firm of Jay-Allen Eisen Law Corporation. Mr. Eisen's practice consists primarily of civil appellate law, writ law and motion law, and he serves clients in Sacramento and the surrounding communities. He also takes on lawsuits that challenge regulations and hearing decisions issued by public agencies at all levels of the government. 

Mr. Eisen is a 1968 graduate of Hastings College of Law at the University of California. He is a certified Appellate Law Specialist, one of the first to receive certification from the State Bar of California's Board of Legal Specialization. He has been counsel in more than 400 appellate and writ cases; more than 100 are published, precedent decisions. Admitted to practice in California in 1969, Mr. Eisen is also admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States, the United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit and the United States District Courts for the Northern and Eastern Districts of California.

Highly accomplished in his field, Mr. Eisen has been ranked among the Best Lawyers in America* since it first began listing appellate lawyers in 2003.  Martindale-Hubbell has honored him with the rating of AV-Preeminent.**  Mr. Eisen's firm is the only appellate law firm based in Sacramento that U.S. News & World Report's Best Lawyer Firms ranks as top-tier.  This is the highest rating an attorney can receive, and it is a testament to the fact that Mr. Eisen's peers regard him at the highest level of professional excellence. In addition to his stellar legal career spanning more than four decades, he has served as an appellate mediator for the state's 3rd Appellate District since 2006 and as a judge pro tempore for the Superior Courts of both Sacramento and Placer counties.

*The Best Lawyers in America® 2010. Copyright 2009 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC

**AV-Preeminent and BV-Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Appellate (80%)

Administrative Law (20%)


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Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2018

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About Jay-Allen Eisen

Admitted: 1969, California

Professional Webpage: http://eisenlegal.com/attorneys/


  • Best Lawyers in America, 2005 - 2009
  • Appellate Mediator, 3d Appellate District, 2006
  • Fellow, American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, 2001 - Present
  • AV Peer Review Rating Martindale-Hubbell, 1985
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers Martindale-Hubbell, 2011

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Certified Appellate Law Specialist, State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization, 1997

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Member, California Trial Lawyers Association
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California, 1972
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
  • California, 1969
  • Member, Standing Committee on Appellate Courts 2002 - 2005
  • Chairman, Standing Committee on Appellate Courts 2003 - 2006
  • Member, Sacramento County Bar Association
  • Member, Consumer Attorneys of California
  • Member, Bar Council 1986 -1989
  • Executive Committee 1987 - 1991
  • Chairman, Conference of Delegates 1991 - Present
  • President, California Academy of Appellate Lawyers, 1998 - Present

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • President, Board of Directors, Legal Services of Northern California, 1987 - 1988
  • Member, Board of Directors, Legal Services of Northern California, 1983 - 1988
  • President, Board of Directors, Voluntary Legal Services Program, 1987 - 1988
  • Member, Board of Directors, Voluntary Legal Services Program, 1987 - 1988

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Lecturer, Appellate Practice, Civil Writ Practice, Law and Motion Practice and Federal Practice, for State Bar of California Litigation Section
  • Instructor, University of Santa Clara,, 1970-1971
  • Instructor, Golden Gate University,, 1973-1975
  • Instructor, King Hall, University of California, Davis, 1998
  • Instructor, McGeorge School of Law, University of Pacific, 2006 - 2007

Representative Clients:

  • Mooney v. Pickett, 4 Cal. 3d 669, 483 P.2d 1231, 94 Cal. Rptr. 279, 1971
  • In re Marriage of Flaherty, 31 Cal. 3d 637, 646 P.2d 179, 183 Cal. Rptr. 508, 1982
  • Ass'n for Retarded Citizens v. Dept of Developmental Services, 38 Cal.3d 384, 1985
  • In re Conservatorship of Gregory, 80 Cal.App.4th 514, 2000
  • Lester v. Lennane, 84 Cal.App 4th 836, 2000
  • Adams v. Aerojet General Corp., 86 Cal.App 4th 1324, 2001
  • Banning v. Newdow, 119 Cal.App.4th 438, 2004
  • Bunch v. Hoffinger Industries, Inc., 123 Cal.App.4th 1278, 2004
  • Ebbetts Pass Forest Watch v. Dept of Forestry and Fire Protection, 123 Cal.App.4th 1331, 2004
  • Stockett v. Association of California Water Agencies etc., 34 Cal. 4th 441, 2004
  • State Board of Personnel v. Dept of Personnel Administration, 34 Cal.4th 512, 2005
  • 300 DeHaro Street Investors v. Dept of Housing and Community Development, 161 Cal.App.4th 1240, 2008
  • Ebbetts Pass Forest Watch v. Calif. Dept. of Forestry and Fire Prot., 43 Cal.4th 936, 2008
  • Bowen v. Ryan, 163 Cal.App.4th 916, 2008
  • Estate of Kievernagel, 166 Cal.App.4th 1024, 2008
  • LEG Investments v. Boxler, 183 Cal.App.4th 484, 2010
  • Collins v. Sutter Mem. Hosp., 196 Cal.App.4th 1, 2011

Educational Background:

  • University of California, Berkeley, A.B., 1965
Office Location for Jay-Allen Eisen

1000 G Street
Suite 210
Sacramento, CA 95814

Phone: 916-444-6171


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Last Updated: 3/29/2018

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