William H. Ginsburg

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William H. Ginsburg (March 25, 1943 – April 1, 2013) was an American trial 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. He also was involved in the case of the death of college basketball star Hank Gathers, as well as the legal dispute regarding 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, his name has been connected to a slang term derived from a feat he accomplished on February 1, 1998, when 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 had 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 American Board of Trial Advocates Foundation.[citation needed]


Ginsburg died April 1, 2013, at his Sherman Oaks, California home after a battle with cancer one week after his 70th birthday. 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, healthnewsdigest.com; accessed April 2, 2015.
  3. ^ Newton-Small, Jay (September 27, 2007). "Lexicon". Time. 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 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". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 3, 2013.

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