Tanya Acker is Of Counsel to Goldberg, Lowenstein & Weatherwax LLP in the Los Angeles office. Ms. Acker has extensive experience in both the trial and appellate arenas. Her litigation practice spans a broad variety of areas, including general commercial litigation, trade secret, product liability, and employment matters. She has also counseled and assisted clients in various non-litigation related matters, including the preparation of Congressional testimony and the management of media issues.
After graduating from Yale Law School, Ms. Acker clerked for Judge D.W. Nelson on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. She subsequently worked as a Bristow Fellow in the Office of the Solicitor General at the United States Department of Justice, where she drafted Supreme Court briefs and helped prepare the Solicitor General and his assistants for oral arguments, including those before the U.S. Supreme Court. Among the cases on which Ms. Acker worked was Clinton v. Jones, where she assisted both the Solicitor General and President Clinton’s personal attorneys in preparing for oral argument. While in private practice, Ms. Acker received the ACLU’s First Amendment Award for her successful representation of a group of homeless individuals in their dispute with the City of Santa Barbara.
Ms. Acker is also an experienced commentator, having been a featured guest on The Early Show, Good Morning America, Larry King Live, CNN Reports,Anderson Cooper 360, Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell, Extra, The O’Reilly Factor,Your World With Neil Cavuto, CNBC Reports, HLN’s Special Report, Great Britain’s GMTV and Sky News, and various other broadcasts. She has guest co-hosted CNBC’s Power Lunch and worked as a special legal correspondent on both network and syndicated broadcasts. C Magazine included her in an election season profile on noteworthy California women in politics and she also contributes to the Huffington Post. Ms. Acker has been a featured speaker at conferences hosted by the University of Southern California and Harvard Law School, has moderated political forums hosted by Common Cause, and was the keynote speaker at a meeting of the Los Angeles Chapter of the English Speaking Union, where she spoke about historical trends in American international engagement.
Ms. Acker received her B.A. degree at Howard University in 1992, where she graduated summa cum laude and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She was awarded a Luard Scholarship for study at St. Anne’s College at Oxford University, and served there as the co-editor-in-chief of the Oxford University Women’s Magazine. At Yale Law School, she was awarded an Earl Warren Scholarship by the NAACP and a Coker Fellowship by the Yale faculty.
Ms. Acker serves on the boards of Public Counsel, the nation’s largest provider of free legal services, the Western Justice Center, which promotes alternative dispute resolution, and Special Spaces, which provides dream bedrooms to sick children. She also sits on the boards of EmeraChem LLC, a Tennessee manufacturer dedicated to the development of emission control products, and Hunt Investors LLC, which invests in various technology companies and devices.