William H. Ginsburg

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William H. Ginsburg (March 25, 1943 – April 1, 2013) was an American lawyer, best known for representing former White House intern Monica Lewinsky in her controversy regarding sexual activities with President Bill Clinton in 1998.[1]

Legal career[edit]

Ginsburg, whose Los Angeles, California based practice had previously concentrated on medical malpractice, was a friend of the Lewinsky family. Ginsburg represented Lewinsky for four months, before being replaced with Plato Cacheris and Jake Stein.

Ginsburg was also involved in the case of the death of college basketball star Hank Gathers, as well as the legal dispute over the remains of entertainer Liberace and the landmark Meneeley v. National Spa & Pool Institute case over diving injuries in a sub-standard swimming pool. He tried more than 300 cases in 21 states and participated in more than 350 mediations/arbitrations.[2]

In more recent times, Ginsburg's name has been connected to a slang term that is derived from a feat he accomplished on February 1, 1998. On that day, he appeared on all five of television's major Sunday morning talk shows, the first person known to have done so. The feat is now known as the "Full Ginsburg".[3]


Ginsburg was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was the son of a lawyer who worked on Lyndon Johnson's Senate staff. He moved to Los Angeles with his family in the early 1950s. Ginsburg graduated from Hamilton High School and studied political science and drama at University of California, Berkeley. He received his law degree from USC in 1967 and passed bar examination in 1968. He was a Diplomate of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) and served as a member of the LA Chapter Executive Committee. He was a national board member and President and Trustee of the ABOTA Foundation.

Ginsburg died April 1, 2013, at his Sherman Oaks, California home after a battle with cancer at age 70. He is survived by his wife, Laura; children David, Maxwell and Sasha; his mother, Sylvia; a brother, Kenneth; and two grandchildren.[4]


  1. ^ "Key Player: William H. Ginsburg". The Washington Post. 1998. 
  2. ^ HealthNewsDigest.com: William H. Ginsburg - Healthcare Industry/Monica Lewinsky attorney
  3. ^ Newton-Small, Jay (September 27, 2007). "Lexicon". Time (magazine). Retrieved 2007-09-25. The ful gins-burg n. The appearance on all five political TV talk shows on the same Sunday morning. On Sept. 23, Senator Hillary Clinton filmed segments from her home in Chappaqua, N.Y., for ABC's This Week with George Stephanopoulos, NBC's Meet the Press, CNN's Late Edition, Fox News' Sunday with Chris Wallace and CBS's Face the Nation. Ironically, the term was coined by Washington insiders after Monica Lewinsky's attorney William Ginsburg shuffled between studios to make the full circuit in February 1998. 
  4. ^ "William H. Ginsburg dies at 70; Monica Lewinsky's attorney". LA Times. Retrieved 3 April 2013. 

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