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Appellate Litigation

Our appellate practice is made up of roll-up-the-sleeves advocates who have briefed and argued appeals in the U.S. Supreme Court, each of the federal courts of appeals, and in appellate courts of most states. Our lawyers combine exceptional written and oral advocacy skills with thorough substantive and procedural knowledge.

We bring fresh perspective to each case, considering the issues and the factual record through the lens the appellate judges will use. We formulate a focused strategy to persuade the appellate court to overturn an adverse result or maintain a positive one.

Each appeal we handle is important—whether the issues are complex or relatively simple, the legal issues are novel or well established, or the amount at issue is large or small. In each case we develop a targeted, cost-effective approach to advance the client’s litigation and business needs.

While we often take responsibility for briefing and arguing appeals, our appellate lawyers provide a variety of services to meet a host of client needs. We frequently work with trial counsel long before the appellate stage to help formulate legal strategy and preserve issues for a future appeal.

Clients retain our firm to provide representation as special appellate counsel and to draft amicus curiae briefs on behalf of publicly and privately held companies, government entities, nonprofits, and trade associations. Our awareness of amicus opportunities in the appellate courts has been valuable to clients that have needed to influence the development of the law in cases to which they are not parties. Because we understand how amicus briefs can influence a court, we avoid repeating the arguments the parties have made and instead offer different perspectives that the court may find helpful and persuasive.

Publications such as U.S. News - Best Lawyers® have recognized our appellate practice as among the best in the nation, but we take our greatest pride in meeting our clients’ needs with focused and strategic advocacy in every appeal we handle.

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