Ari Holtzblatt

Ari Holtzblatt’s practice focuses on appellate and government and public policy litigation. He has extensive experience representing leading technology innovators and media companies from the trial courts to the US Supreme Court on cutting-edge statutory and constitutional issues, including under the Communications Decency Act, the Stored Communications Act, the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, the Copyright Act, the Dormant Commerce Clause, the Equal Protection Clause, and the First Amendment.

Mr. Holtzblatt also has wide-ranging experience in civil litigation involving the government and quasi-governmental entities. He regularly counsels clients regarding regulatory strategy and litigation and litigates Administrative Procedure Act (APA), constitutional and statutory matters in federal and state district and appellate courts across the country.

Mr. Holtzblatt previously served as a law clerk to the Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the Supreme Court of the United States, and to the Honorable David Tatel of the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.


  • Representing Leading Technology Innovators and Media Companies

    • Representing leading online platform in successfully defending against state law claims in numerous cases alleging unlawful viewpoint discrimination in enforcing community standards. Courts have dismissed the claims under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. 
    • Represented major social media company in successfully defeating request for emergency temporary restraining order arising from suspension of app developer.  
    • Represented major online platform in successful lawsuit against a subpoena that sought to unmask the identity of anonymous user who had criticized the federal agency that issued the subpoena.
    • Filed amicus brief in European Court of Justice on behalf of media organization in major case involving the scope of the so-called “right to be forgotten.”
  • Civil Litigation Involving the Government and Quasi-Governmental Entities

    • Representing leading automobile manufacturer in litigation arising from state laws that limit or ban manufacturers from directly selling or servicing their own vehicles.
    • Represented domestic citrus growers in an APA challenge to the Department of Agriculture's decision to permit the importation of foreign citrus products into the United States.
    • Presenting argument as court-appointed amicus in DC Circuit appeal regarding the public’s access to prison surveillance footage under FOIA.

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  • Education

    • JD, Yale Law School, 2010

    • BA, Ethics, Yale University, 2001

      magna cum laude Phi Beta Kappa
  • Admissions

    • District of Columbia

    • Maryland

  • Clerkships

    • The Hon. Ruth Bader Ginsburg, US Supreme Court, 2014 - 2015

    • The Hon. David S. Tatel, US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, 2010 - 2011