Firms To Watch: Appellate: courts of appeals / Appellate: supreme courts (states and federal)

Dykema Gossett PLLC's recent hire of former federal prosecutor Becky James ramps up its civil and criminal appellate capability. The practice's increasingly robust bench combines with the wider firm's broad US footprint to mark it as a key contender for major appeals.
In a major development, Haynes and Boone, L.L.P. brought in high-profile appellate specialist Daniel Geyser to lead its US Supreme Court practice. Traditionally a dominant force in the Texas market, the arrival of Geyser — who splits his time between Dallas and Denver — is expected to strengthen the team's national offering.
The team at California's Stris & Maher LLP may be more compact than many of its competitors, but sources attest its lawyers are 'experts in Supreme Court and appellate practice'.

Appellate: courts of appeals / Appellate: supreme courts (states and federal) in United States

Baker Botts L.L.P.

Led out of Houston, Baker Botts L.L.P.‘s appellate practice goes far beyond Texas, with its lawyers notching up arguments in all 13 US Courts of Appeals as well as numerous state appellate courts. On the Supreme Court front, the firm is well versed in arguing before the Texas Supreme Court and the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) — it notably appeared as respondent or petitioner in 12 SCOTUS cases over the past year. Macey Reasoner Stokes leads the firmwide appellate practice and has an impressive record in energy and infrastructure cases; she recently led on cases for Repsol Oil & Gas USA, Port of Corpus Christi Authority of Nueces County and Chevron Thailand Exploration and Production, among other matters. Former US Supreme Court clerk Aaron Streett spearheads the Supreme Court and constitutional law practice; he represented the US Conference of Catholic Bishops in a critical religious liberty case at the US Supreme Court.

Testimonials

The team from Baker Botts are chosen because of their experience and the quality of their work. Each lawyer brings a different set of expertise to the project, which helps the ultimate product.’

Creatively and efficiently levers experience to answer complex commercial appellate questions.’

Aaron Streett applies his expertise to provide astute advice on appellate strategy for complex commercial issues. Senior associate Elisabeth Butler’s advice on appellate strategy levers her experience and complements Aaron’s thinking to form a great team.’

Key clients

American Chemistry Counsel, Inc.

AT&T

Baylor College of Medicine

Charter Day School, Inc.

Chevron Corporation

Chevron Thailand Exploration and Production Ltd.

ConocoPhillips

Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC

DISH Network

Entergy Services, Inc.

Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth

Exxon Mobil Corporation

Gerald E. Groff

Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority

HouseCanary, Inc.

International Paper Company

ITC Holdings Inc.

Janvey, Ralph S.

Keurig Dr Pepper

Kinder Morgan Texas Pipeline LLC

Landry’s, Inc.

Lockheed Martin Corporation

MP Gulf of Mexico, LLC

Oxford Nanopore Technologies Limited

Pelican Energy Partners LP

Phillips 66

Port of Corpus Christi Authority of Nueces County

Project Rose MSO, LLC and Touchdown Interception, LLC

Qualcomm

Repsol Oil & Gas, LLC

Sand Canyon Corporation

Southwestern Electric Power Company

Southwestern Energy

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Union Oil Company of California

Vitol Americas Corp.

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Phillips 66 in obtaining a Fifth Circuit dismissal of a putative ERISA class action lawsuit filed against the Investment Committee of the Phillips 66 Savings Plan and its financial administrator — currently representing Phillips 66 in opposing review by SCOTUS.
  • Obtained a $125m judgment in favor of client Ralph Janvey, the receiver appointed in the aftermath of the Stanford Ponzi scheme, in his long-running dispute with Gary Magness and a group of entities under Magness’s control.
  • Served as lead US Supreme Court counsel to the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth in a high-profile First Amendment dispute arising out of the breakup of the Episcopal Church in Fort Worth.

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP‘s group consistently appears before the US Supreme Court as well as state and federal courts of appeal. At the Supreme Court level, the firm is recognized for its presence in human rights-related matters, demonstrated by its recent involvement in cases dealing with immigrant communities, Native Americans and LBGTQ+ rights. The group is additionally well known for its strength in IP, health, labor and restructuring-related issues. Pratik Shah has argued 15 cases before the Supreme Court and is noted for his specialist expertise in IP, regulatory and Native American law matters. James E. Tysse is also a senior name; in a high-profile win in the Eleventh Circuit, he acted alongside co-counsel at Harvard Law School and the Center for Constitutional Rights to successfully represent the families of eight members of the Indigenous community in Bolivia who were among unarmed civilians massacred by military forces in 2003. Julius Chen is noted for his focus on administrative and constitutional law, financial restructuring, IP and Native American tribes. The group was bolstered in 2021 with the arrival of San Francisco-based senior counsel Aileen McGrath, who joined from the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office, where she served as co-chief of appellate litigation. Named attorneys are based in Washington DC unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Pratik Shah

Key clients

Starbucks Corporation

Google, Inc.

McDonald’s

Gila River Indian Community

The Coca-Cola Company

Comcast Cable Communications

FirstEnergy Solutions Corp.

America’s Health Insurance Plans

The Beer Institute

Janssen Pharmaceutica, N.V.

Space Exploration Holdings, LLC (SpaceX)

Chamber of Commerce of the United States

Sorenson Holdings

Seneca Nation

Inguran

Penobscot Nation

XY, LLC

National Football League (NFL)

Horseracing Safety & Integrity Association

Rand Construction Corp.

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Bolivian families in groundbreaking and high-profile human rights appeal in the Eleventh Circuit that preserved a $10m jury verdict.
  • Secured a major patent law victory in the Federal Circuit for Janssen Pharmaceutica NV, which included fending off an inter partes review challenge to a Janssen patent associated with its multibillion-dollar schizophrenia treatment.
  • Represented Antonio Arteaga-Martinez, a noncitizen who fled to the US and sought withholding to escape gang persecution in his home country, before the US Supreme Court.

Arnold & Porter

Arnold & Porter retains its robust record in representing foreign sovereigns in appellate cases, including recent wins on behalf of the Republic and Canton of Geneva (Second Circuit) and the Dominican Republic (DC Circuit). Among its recent US Supreme Court highlights, the firm successfully represented Hologic in defending the doctrine of assignor estoppel. In Washington DC, department head John Elwood maintains a broad practice, with notable expertise in environmental, government contracting and federal criminal cases. Denver-based Reeves Anderson has represented parties and amici in more than 50 cases before SCOTUS; he is also noted for his expertise in cross-border disputes and led the firm’s recent representations of Geneva and the Dominican Republic. The national group also includes Stanton Jones, who co-led the the Hologic case alongside the IP team, and Allon Kedem — both are based in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

John Elwood

Key clients

Hologic, Inc.

State of Oklahoma

Oracle

Republic of Canton of Geneva, Switzerland

Samsung Electronics

North Carolina State Conference of NAACP

Truck Trailer Manufacturers Association

DaVita inc.

Mayor and City Council of Baltimore

City of Boulder, Colorado

BP plc

Dominican Republic

AIG

Planned Parenthood

Atlantic Richfield

Dunkin’ Brands, Inc., 7-Eleven, BP West Coast Products (which operates convenience stores), and Yum Yum Donuts

Hologic, Inc.

State of Oklahoma

Oracle

Republic of Canton of Geneva, Switzerland

Samsung Electronics

North Carolina State Conference of NAACP

Truck Trailer Manufacturers Association

DaVita inc.

Mayor and City Council of Baltimore

City of Boulder, Colorado

BP plc

Dominican Republic

AIG

Planned Parenthood

Atlantic Richfield

Dunkin’ Brands, Inc., 7-Eleven, BP West Coast Products (which operates convenience stores), and Yum Yum Donuts

Hologic, Inc.

State of Oklahoma

Oracle

Republic of Canton of Geneva, Switzerland

Samsung Electronics

North Carolina State Conference of NAACP

Truck Trailer Manufacturers Association

DaVita inc.

Mayor and City Council of Baltimore

City of Boulder, Colorado

BP plc

Dominican Republic

AIG

Planned Parenthood

Atlantic Richfield

Dunkin’ Brands, Inc., 7-Eleven, BP West Coast Products (which operates convenience stores), and Yum Yum Donuts

Hologic, Inc.

State of Oklahoma

Oracle

Republic of Canton of Geneva, Switzerland

Samsung Electronics

North Carolina State Conference of NAACP

Truck Trailer Manufacturers Association

DaVita inc.

Mayor and City Council of Baltimore

City of Boulder, Colorado

BP plc

Dominican Republic

AIG

Planned Parenthood

Atlantic Richfield

Dunkin’ Brands, Inc., 7-Eleven, BP West Coast Products (which operates convenience stores), and Yum Yum Donuts

Work highlights

  • Scored a victory for Hologic at the Supreme Court in a case defending the judge-made doctrine of assignor estoppel, which prevents those who assign patent rights from later challenging the value and validity of the rights sold.
  • Successfully represented BP when the Fifth Circuit reversed a $77m judgment relating to claims for alleged lost business profits resulting from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
  • Secured a win for Samsung Electronics in the Tenth Circuit, defeating an attempt by nationally recognized class action objector’s lawyer Ted Frank, and nine state attorneys general, to undo an antitrust class settlement.

Bracewell LLP

Bracewell LLP‘s signature energy practice supplies a steady stream of oil and gas-related appeals. In a highlight example, the firm is representing Apache Corporation against Apollo Exploration in an appeal before the Supreme Court of Texas. Other areas of activity for the team include insurance, toxic torts, IP and environmental cases. Houston-based group chair Warren Harris is among the most active appellate lawyers in Texas — he also practices in appellate courts across the country. Houston-based Yvonne Ho is also noted for her focus on appellate litigation.

Practice head(s):

Warren Harris

Other key lawyers:

Yvonne Ho; Walter Simons

Testimonials

Bracewell has a team of gifted lawyers. They don’t take any and every case. Only ones they believe in.’

Warren Harris has a gift to explain very complicated matters in terms people understand. His preparation is unparalleled.

Associate Walter Simons is a talent of the ages when it comes to writing. Walter can somehow turn a 25-page appellate brief into something easy and enjoyable to read.’

Key clients

KBR, Inc.

Westlake Chemical Corporation

Apache Corporation

Axiall Corporation

Prosperity Bancshares, Inc.

Vopak

Weatherford International LLC

Cheniere Energy, Inc.

The Bank of New York Mellon Trust Company

Juniper Capital

KBR, Inc.

Westlake Chemical Corporation

Apache Corporation

Axiall Corporation

Prosperity Bancshares, Inc.

Vopak

Weatherford International LLC

Cheniere Energy, Inc.

The Bank of New York Mellon Trust Company

Juniper Capital

Work highlights

  • Represented three Jane Doe plaintiffs in a lawsuit against Facebook after they became victims of sex trafficking through their use of Facebook and Instagram.
  • Successfully represented Apache against Apollo Exploration in a significant oil and gas case — the case is now on appeal at the Texas Supreme Court.
  • Represented Westlake Chemical Corporation in a breach of contract suit against James Construction Group.

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP frequently handles appellate work for matters in which it was involved in the trial court litigation, but it also takes on appeals handled by other firms at trial stage. The New York-based team, which acts for both appellants and appellees, is best known for its representation of clients in intermediate appeals in federal and state courts nationwide. In a significant recent highlight, Gary Bornstein and Yonatan Even won a major Ninth Circuit decision for Qualcomm Incorporated, vacating a district court ruling that had certified a historically large class action.

Testimonials

‘Appellate lawyers of excellence. Superb writers and superb analysis of winning arguments on appeal.

‘I would place Evan Chesler at the very top of all trial and appellate lawyers in America.’

Lauren Moskowitz is emerging as an appellate star; a calm and collected presence.’

Key clients

Alarm.com Inc.

American Express Company (“AmEx”)

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida, Inc.

Boston Red Sox Baseball Club LP

Colgate-Palmolive Company

Epic Games, Inc.

Goldman Sachs & Co.

Nomura International plc

PG&E Corporation

Qualcomm Incorporated

Rothschild & Co SCA

Starz Entertainment, LLC

Work highlights

  • Scored a major Ninth Circuit victory for Qualcomm Incorporated, vacating a district court ruling that had certified a class estimated to be the size of the entire US adult population.
  • Secured a unanimous appellate ruling for Goldman Sachs affirming the complete dismissal of litigation brought by its former client United Natural Foods (UNFI), relating to UNFI’s $3bn acquisition of SuperValu.
  • Represented Starz Entertainment in a copyright infringement and breach of contract action against MGM Domestic Television.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP fields a destination appellate practice, which is routinely involved in high-stakes appeals before the US Supreme Court and federal and state courts across the country. The firm has carved out an impressive reputation for matters concerning separation of powers but it is equally adept in corporate-related work, with recent wins in IP, mining and consumer law cases, among others. In Washington DC, Theodore Olson, a former solicitor general who has argued 65 cases in the Supreme Court, Miguel Estrada, Helgi Walker and Matthew McGill are the key contacts. Allyson Ho chairs the team from Dallas and is sought after for her broad sector expertise; she recently secured a massive reduction in damages for International Paper Company, which saw a Texas court of appeals apply only $14.8m of an original $125m verdict. In Los Angeles, Theodore Boutrous is highly regarded for his premier appellate experience; he successfully represented State Farm General Insurance Company in an appeal brought by the Insurance Commissioner and intervenor Consumer Watchdog, seeking to retroactively lower homeowners’ insurance rates. Washington DC-based former department co-head Mark Perry left the firm in May 2022.

Practice head(s):

Allyson Ho; Thomas Dupree; Julian Poon

Key clients

National Association of Broadcasters

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn

Smith + Nephew, Inc.

EMD Serono, Inc.

Pfizer Inc.

Hewlett-Packard

NeoPollard Interactive LL

Chevron Corp.

International Paper Company

Crystallex International Corporation

Goodwin

Goodwin‘s appellate practice is active across the US, making routine appearances before the US Supreme Court, federal courts of appeals and state appellate courts. The wider firm’s weight in the IP, technology and life sciences spheres translates into a prominent record in IP and pharmaceutical-related cases. The team also brings to bear strong expertise in regulatory litigation and ERISA class actions, where Washington DC-based Jaime Santos recently defended the dismissal of an ERISA class action in the Second Circuit against General Electric. In a high-profile Supreme Court victory, Boston-based David Zimmer successfully cleared the way for Augusto Niz-Chavez to apply for immigration relief that would allow him to remain in the US with his family. Department co-chair William Jay, based in Washington DC, has argued 17 cases in the Supreme Court, as well as handling cases in every US Court of Appeals. Brian Burgess, an ‘excellent written and verbal communicator‘, is also noted in Washington DC. In Boston, group co-chair Kevin Martin is recommended for his strength in appellate matters and civil and administrative litigation. Boston-based Gerard Cedrone is a talented associate.

Practice head(s):

William Jay; Kevin Martin

Other key lawyers:

Jaime Santos; David Zimmer; Brian Burgess; Gerard Cedrone; Andrew Kim

Testimonials

‘Goodwin Proctor’s appellate focus on intellectual property stands out. The appellate practice is strong across many disciplines but the intellectual property focus stands out as a positive distinction.’

‘William Jay is a superb advocate. His briefs are particularly clear and focused and he is an excellent oral advocate.’

‘In my experience with Goodwin Proctor, they have some very talented, forward-thinking and creative people and that has paid off well for us in the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. A coordinated effort among bankruptcy, litigation and appellate attorneys resulted in our case being well prepared and positioned for success.’

‘Brian Burgess is an excellent written and verbal communicator whose clear thinking and presentation skills as an appellate lawyer make a huge difference. In the extended oral argument in our case, there was not a single issue that Brian was not completely prepared for and he handled the discussion with the court flawlessly.’

Key clients

Actavis

Alphonso Inc.

Association for Accessible Medicines

CNA Insurance

DCo LLC

EcoServices, LLC

General Electric

Hologic, Inc.

Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc.

Viasat, Inc.

Actavis

Alphonso Inc.

Association for Accessible Medicines

CNA Insurance

DCo LLC

EcoServices, LLC

General Electric

Hologic, Inc.

Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc.

Viasat, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Secured a significant victory in the Second Circuit on behalf of General Electric Company.
  • Scored a victory for immigrants in the US Supreme Court, clearing the way for pro bono client Augusto Niz-Chavez to apply for immigration relief, allowing him to remain in the US with his family.
  • Successfully represented Alphonso Inc. in the Federal Circuit.

Greenberg Traurig LLP

Greenberg Traurig LLP‘s practice benefits from a broad national footprint, which routinely sees the team litigate before all 13 circuit courts and the US Supreme Court — as well as the highest courts and lower appellate courts in many states. The wider firm’s strong offerings in class actions, real estate and IP ensure that the team is well versed in appeals relating to those areas. It also handles a significant volume of cases concerning voting rights and election law, federal constitutional law, civil rights law and energy. Elliot Scherker, Dale Wainwright and Carmen Beauchamp Ciparick co-chair the practice from Miami, Austin and New York respectively. Dominic Draye, who splits his time between Phoenix and Washington DC, is an ‘extremely clear communicator‘; he successfully represented a group of legislators and individuals in the Arizona Supreme Court challenging the constitutionality of a statutory initiative imposing a new tax on earned income.

Testimonials

‘The team is very client oriented. They communicate regularly and succinctly. They have expertise in a broad array of practices.’

‘They were expert in the SCOTUS landscape yet humble and excited about learning. This is rare. Dominic Draye and William Eye were my points of contact. Both were accessible, timely, and affirming to work with.’

‘The partner we hired, Dominic Draye, has a unique skill set that includes extensive work at the supreme court level. From our perspective, he is, by far, the most qualified lawyer we could find to handle our complicated case.’

‘Dominic Draye was previously the solicitor general for the state of AZ before joining Greenberg Traurig. He spent years working directly with the supreme court justices and is extremely familiar with the laws in that state. We found him to be uniquely qualified to handle our case and has the legal skill set to put forth the best possible argument for our case.’

‘Dominic Draye is thorough and intelligent. He thinks things through and anticipates what panels will question on, the issues that are important and how to address them so that the judges don’t need to ask them. He also is careful not to concede when it is not necessary.’

‘Dom Draye and his team in the appellate practice in Arizona are especially adept at working collaboratively with trial attorneys throughout the process of a case anticipated to go to appeal. This has helped us position ourselves well for his work in the appellate/state supreme court.’

‘Dom is conscientious of costs and proactive in helping us budget for his services. He worked exceptionally well as part of a team with trial attorneys in a different firm as well as a non-profit offering legal services in the case. He’s worked to engage the full team at key decision points and graciously accepts input from others.’

Key clients

Mosaic Fertilizer LLC

Enterprise Products

Chalker Energy Partners

EmCare

Underwriters Laboratories Inc.

Archer Daniels Midland Company

Florida Power & Light and Gulf Power

BP Production Company

The Related Group

Mosaic Fertilizer LLC

Enterprise Products

Chalker Energy Partners

EmCare

Underwriters Laboratories Inc.

Archer Daniels Midland Company

Florida Power & Light and Gulf Power

BP Production Company

The Related Group

Mosaic Fertilizer LLC

Enterprise Products

Chalker Energy Partners

EmCare

Underwriters Laboratories Inc.

Archer Daniels Midland Company

Florida Power & Light and Gulf Power

BP Production Company

The Related Group

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented the Government of the Virgin Islands in a high-stakes appeal before the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
  • Successfully represented the National Congress of American Indians as the lead amicus, supporting the United States’ petition for writ of certiorari to the US Supreme Court and later on the merits in United States v. Cooley, No. 19-1414.
  • Successfully defended Shenzhen Kinwong Electronic Co in a breach of settlement agreement with Circuitronix.

Jenner & Block LLP

Jenner & Block LLP‘s appellate team provides the ‘highest quality legal work in a timely and professional way‘, according to sources. The firm has a distinguished reputation for arguing high-profile cases before the US Supreme Court, as well as federal and state courts of appeal. The group covers the waterfront of legal issues, with notable expertise in immigration, free speech, voting rights and tribal matters, alongside routinely acting on behalf of corporations in complex litigation. In Washington DC, department co-chair Ian Gershengorn is noted for his premier appellate experience; he has handled 16 cases before the Supreme Court, including successfully representing Jimcy McGirt in a precedent-setting case affirming Native American rights in Oklahoma. In addition to co-leading the appellate practice, Jessica Ring Amunson also chairs the firm’s election law and redistricting practice, which marks her as a go-to specialist for constitutional and election law issues; she recently represented Arizona’s Secretary of State in a high-profile case discussing whether two Arizona voting restrictions violated Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act. Matthew Hellman, also a department co-chair, recently teamed up with the firm’s communications, internet and technology practice to advise Spectrum Northeast LLC (Charter Communications’ Maine division) in challenging a Maine law requiring cable companies to prorate customers’ final bills rather than charge them for the full month. Other key names in Washington DC include Adam Unikowsky, who is particularly well versed in patent-related cases, and increasingly prominent litigators Lindsay Harrison and Ishan Bhabha. In Chicago, group co-chair Michael Brody blends appellate law and class action expertise; his unique skill set translates into a strong record in securities, antitrust, torts, consumer fraud and other statutory and regulatory claims.

Testimonials

‘The attorneys with whom my office worked at Jenner & Block were truly first rate. They provided the highest quality legal work in a timely and professional way. And they were extremely pleasant and cooperative. I could not have been more pleased to work with them.’

Key clients

Microsoft, Princeton University and an individual DACA recipients

Official Committee of Retired Employees of Puerto Rico

Jimcy McGirt

Charter Communications, Inc.

Cayuga Nation

Recording Industry Association of America

NCTA – The Internet & Television Association (NCTA)

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Epic Systems Corp.

National Futures Association (NFA)

CRST Expedited, Inc.

Hetronic

US House of Representatives

US Tsubaki Holdings (USTH)

David Lang

Amtrak

Association for Accessible Medicines

Altice

US Chamber of Commerce

Work highlights

  • Obtained appellate and Supreme Court victories on behalf of Cayuga Nation on a novel issue of tribal sovereign immunity regarding foreclosures on tribal properties.
  • Represented the US House of Representatives in a case reversing a DC Circuit panel decision and affirming that the House can invoke the power of the courts to compel Executive Branch officials to comply with subpoenas.
  • Represented Arizona’s Secretary of State in a high-profile case discussing voting rights in relation to two of the state’s electoral policies.

Jones Day

Jones Day‘s dominant appellate practice handles some of the most high-profile appeals in the country, regularly appearing before federal and state appellate courts nationwide. The firm also secures a significant share of Supreme Court appearances, where it has argued 17 cases during the last five terms. Among its recent headline files, Michael Carvin successfully represented the Arizona Republican Party before the Supreme Court in upholding Arizona’s bans on ballot harvesting and out-of-precinct voting as consistent with Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act — reversing an earlier Ninth Circuit decision. Former solicitor general Noel Francisco has an impressive record in government regulation-related matters; he recently filed a certiorari petition on behalf of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany, and several other religious organizations, challenging New York’s regulatory mandate that all employers provide coverage for abortions in health insurance plans. Among the team’s other recent highlights, up-and-coming litigators Jeffrey Johnson and Yaakov Roth paired up to secure an appellate victory in the Ninth Circuit for LowerMyBills (LMB) Mortgage Services, after the company was sued over receipt of an allegedly unwanted text message. Benjamin Mizer and of counsel Beth Heifetz are also noted. In 2021, new partners Hashim Mooppan and James Burnham rejoined the firm following stints at the Department of Justice. All named attorneys are based in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Traci Lovitt

Key clients

Alabama Association of Realtors, Georgia Association of Realtors

American Airlines, Inc.

Archdiocese of Washington, D.C.

Arizona Republican Party

Citigroup Inc.

Community Financial Services Association of America

Experian Information Solutions, Inc.

Flowers Foods Inc.

Fox News Network

Global Medical Response, Inc.

LowerMyBills (LMB) Mortgage Services, Inc.

Metz Culinary Management, Inc.

New York City Bar Association

North American Coal Corp.

Qualcomm Incorporated

University of Michigan

Wonderland Nurserygoods Co. Ltd

Alabama Association of Realtors, Georgia Association of Realtors

American Airlines, Inc.

Archdiocese of Washington, D.C.

Arizona Republican Party

Citigroup Inc.

Community Financial Services Association of America

Experian Information Solutions, Inc.

Flowers Foods Inc.

Fox News Network

Global Medical Response, Inc.

LowerMyBills (LMB) Mortgage Services, Inc.

Metz Culinary Management, Inc.

New York City Bar Association

North American Coal Corp.

Qualcomm Incorporated

R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.

University of Michigan

Wonderland Nurserygoods Co. Ltd

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented the Arizona Republican Party in obtaining a Supreme Court decision upholding Arizona’s bans on ballot harvesting and out-of-precinct voting as consistent with Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act.
  • Represented RJ Reynolds Tobacco in obtaining a Florida Supreme Court decision eliminating punitive damages, or at least making them more difficult to obtain, in hundreds of pending wrongful death cases.
  • Successfully represented American Airlines in a case discussing the Helms-Burton Act.

King & Spalding LLP

King & Spalding LLP maintains a diverse coast-to-coast appellate practice, which draws on capable partners in Washington DC, Georgia, California and Texas. The national group handles appeals across all industry sectors, with notable experience in energy, IP and FDA and life sciences-related cases. Washington DC-based department co-chair Jeffrey Bucholtz brings to bear strong appellate experience and has handled 50 appeals across federal and state courts — including two arguments before the US Supreme Court. Ashley Parrish, also in Washington DC, co-leads the group; he recently teamed up with the government matters practice to successfully represent the Florida Hospital Association, and ten of its member hospitals, in challenging how the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services calculate Medicare reimbursement rates.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey BucholtzAshley Parrish

Other key lawyers:

Anne Voigts

Key clients

Ipsen Biopharmaceuticals, Inc.

American Clinical Laboratory Association

Chevron Corporation

Environmental Resources Management Southwest, Inc.

R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.

Bristol-Myers Squibb

Benefytt Technologies

Federal Reserve Banks

Equifax

Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc.

Delta

Walmart

James Shaw

IControl Systems

AbbVie/Allergan

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Empire Health Foundation

Florida Hospital Association

Triangle Capital Corporation

ABB Inc.

Mid-American Apartments, Inc. (“MAA”)

The Federal Reserve Banks

Chevron U.S.A., Inc.

Texaco, Inc.

Nawai Wardak Transportation Company

DaVita Inc.

RD Legal Funding LLC, et al.

Lyft, Inc.

Postmates Inc.

Eaze Technologies, Inc.

Naum and Irina Morgovsky

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Empire Health Foundation before the Ninth Circuit in challenging a HHS rule concerning Medicare reimbursement payments.
  • Represented Environmental Resources Management Southwest in class actions and regulatory actions involving claims of cancer-causing contamination at a site in Texas; ten of the cases are on appeal in three different Texas courts of appeal.
  • Successfully represented the Federal Reserve Banks in a patent case in the Federal Circuit, which led the opponent to petition the US Supreme Court for certiorari — SCOTUS denied review.

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Kirkland & Ellis LLP houses one of the country’s most admired appellate law practices, which is frequently involved in high-stakes cases before all Circuits. On the US Supreme Court front, the firm continues to secure a dominant volume of precedent-setting matters, notably arguing five cases during the 2020 term, which represented 10% of all cases heard that year. The firm also earns plaudits for its impressive success rate, which saw it win all five of its merits cases over the past year. Former Solicitor General Paul Clement stands out as one of the most seasoned litigators in the market and has argued over 100 cases before the US Supreme Court. Erin Murphy is also a sought-after appellate expert, with an impressive record in constitutional, statutory and administrative law cases. Clement and Murphy recently paired up to successfully represent the Alaska Native Village Corporation Association before SCOTUS in a dispute over whether Alaska Native Corporations are ‘Indian tribes’ under the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act, and thus eligible for funding available to Tribal governments under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. George Hicks is also a high-profile appellate litigator and acted alongside Clement to obtain a victory for Snyder’s-Lance in the Fourth Circuit in a long-running trademark dispute with Frito-Lay. The practice also benefits from the senior experience of John O’Quinn and New York-based Jay Lefkowitz. Among the premier group’s up-and-coming names, William Burgess stand out for his IP expertise, while Harker Rhodes recently represented Windstream Holdings in two appeals arising out of its bankruptcy proceedings, winning both appeals. All attorneys are based in Washington DC unless stated otherwise.

Testimonials

‘The Supreme Court and Appellate practice at Kirkland is exceptional. Their breadth of experience and ability to persuasively shape the key issues in a case are first rate.’

‘Paul Clement and Erin Murphy are truly outstanding. Their preparation and advocacy, both orally and in writing, is inspiring.’

‘K&E advocacy at the appellate level is outstanding, whether it is state courts, federal court or the highest court in the land.’

‘Paul Clement, Erin Murphy and Richard Godfrey are excellent advocates, both in writing and at oral argument. It has been a pleasure to be represented by them.’

Key clients

Allergan

Alaska Native Village Corporation Association

BP

Facebook

Fox Corporation

General Motors

McCormick Foundation

Motorola Solutions

PennEast Pipeline Company

PULSE Network

Snyder’s-Lance, Inc.

TransUnion

Work highlights

  • Obtained a Supreme Court victory for PennEast Pipeline Company in a case discussing the interplay between the federal government’s delegation of its eminent domain power in the Natural Gas Act and state sovereign immunity.
  • Secured a victory for William North, and three other former executives of Wilmington Trust Corporation, when the Third Circuit reversed and vacated convictions in a high-profile criminal prosecution arising out of the Great Recession.
  • Won three Federal Circuit cases on behalf of Motorola in $544m patent infringement litigation.

Latham & Watkins LLP

Satisfied clients of Latham & Watkins LLP highlight the appellate group’s ‘excellent writing and advocacy skills‘, ‘acute strategic sense‘ and ‘tremendous grasp of the law‘. Over the past year, the team secured a series of high-profile wins for a diverse mix of clients, from major corporates through to state governments. Mainly centered in Washington DC, the sizeable practice benefits from its ability to draw on the firm’s comprehensive US network and it regularly appears before Circuit Courts nationwide, as well as making frequent appearances before the US Supreme Court. Its subject matter expertise is equally as extensive and it handles the full range of business law cases, including IP, antitrust, tax, securities and consumer law-related issues. It also packs a punch in constitutional and administrative law. As a former Solicitor General, practice head Gregory Garre is well versed in complex, precedent-setting litigation; he successfully represented the US Territory of Guam before the US Supreme Court in a case seeking to hold the US accountable for its share of the costs of cleaning up a landfill built by the US Navy. According to sources, up-and-coming partner Melissa Arbus Sherry demonstrates a ‘wonderful ability to think on her feet‘. Sherry had a banner year, which included successfully securing a certiorari petition in a tax case against the federal government. Roman Martinez provides ‘exceptional service‘ and his broad experience spans civil and criminal law cases across a range of constitutional, statutory and administrative law matters; he recently acted alongside the firm’s securities litigation and professional liability practice to represent Facebook in a SCOTUS case addressing the scope of Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) liability. Richard Bress, who has argued eight Supreme Court cases, and Michael Bern are also key members of the team.

Practice head(s):

Gregory Garre

Testimonials

‘The Latham team I worked with was one of the best I’ve ever worked with in almost 50 years of practice. Lawyers exhibited a tremendous grasp of the law, and mastered a complex and enormous set of facts in record time. They exhibited acute strategic sense, and ensured that each party was provided ample opportunity for input.’

The group demonstrated excellent writing and advocacy skills and is comprised of strategic thinkers.’

‘Melissa Arbus Sherry was the primary appellate lawyer and exhibited supreme mastery of the complex law, regulations and facts, which she accomplished in extraordinarily limited time. Her oral argument was excellent. Her interactions with the court displayed a wonderful ability to think on her feet and her appellate argument before the Ninth Circuit was flawless.’

‘Richard Bress argued before a three-judge panel, and it was one of the best arguments of its kind I’ve seen. I have never seen a firm put together such a difficult case so well in so short a period of time.’

‘The team is sophisticated, top-notch and the most reliable and polished guide through an area of practice with which most attorneys are not familiar. We were instantly put at ease by Roman Martinez and his team and were provided the attention to detail and expert analysis our case required throughout their representation of our clients.’

‘Roman Martinez was respectful and respected by other team members. He explained processes with which we were not familiar and the winning arguments in ways that our clients best understood. He was almost immediately facile with a rather obscure area of the law in which our matter arose, and engendered our confidence.’

L&W provided pro bono representation to our non-profit organization. They are always willing to entertain requests for assistance in a timely and most professional fashion. They communicate with us frequently, seek input when appropriate, and their written briefs are of the highest quality. We have been able to obtain results in important cases that likely would have been unattainable with many other firms.’

Roman Martinez is the primary contact for all cases they have handled. As the point person for our litigation and policy efforts, he is perhaps the brightest attorney I have worked with in my 30-year legal career. He provides exceptional service to our organization.

Key clients

Territory of Guam

Facebook

Northwestern University

Boechler, P.C.

A group of underwriter defendants, including Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs

StarKist

National Urban League

National Organization of Veterans Advocates (NOVA) and Paralyzed Veterans of America

Emulex Corp.

Walworth Investments-LG LLC

General Electric Co. (GE)

Imerys Talc America

AbbVie

Comcast, CBS, Disney, Viacom, and A&E Television Networks

United States Soccer Federation, Inc.

Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts

National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL)

Johnny Mathis

The Coca Cola Company

Navista

State of Florida

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Noris Babb

Spotify

East Ramapo

Paralyzed Veterans of America

Work highlights

  • Represented the Territory of Guam before the US Supreme Court in a case seeking to hold the US accountable for its share of the costs of cleaning up a landfill built by the US Navy.
  • Represented the US Chamber of Commerce, as amicus curiae, before the US Supreme Court in a case testing whether Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act provide a cause of action for plaintiffs who allege that facially nondiscriminatory health insurance policies impose disparate impacts on persons with disabilities.
  • Represented a group of underwriter defendants, including Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs, in a case discussing whether automatic stays of discovery pending a motion to dismiss in Securities Act cases applies to actions filed in state court, or only to those in federal court.

Mayer Brown

During the past year, Mayer Brown‘s thriving national appellate practice handled over 50 cases before federal and state appellate courts across the country. The group was also involved in numerous SCOTUS cases, including serving as amicus counsel in six significant matters. The practice is recognized for its ability to represent clients at all stages of litigation, routinely acting alongside the firm’s trial lawyers — or litigators from peer firms — to handle cases from original trial through to appeal. Among its other distinguishing factors, the team stands out for its impressive record in privacy, technology and financial services-related issues, in line with its firm-wide strengths. In Washington DC, Andrew Pincus is highly regarded for his experience in precedent-setting matters, with broad expertise spanning IP, privacy, consumer protection and financial services, among other areas. Pincus recently teamed up with the IP practice to successfully represent Spotify in the appeal of a 2018 decision by the Copyright Royalty Board that set the rates which streaming services pay to composers of musical works. Nicole Saharsky is another key partner in Washington DC and led the firm’s high-profile representation of players of the US Women’s soccer team in their appeal of an adverse summary judgment ruling on pay equity. In New York, Lauren Goldman is noted for her impressive record in class actions, with an emphasis on data privacy and product liability-related cases. Other seasoned specialists include former Illinois Solicitor General Michael Scodro, based in Chicago, and Washington DC-based Evan Tager, who is recommended for his premier expertise in punitive damages cases.

Testimonials

Demonstrates deep experience in dealing with the kinds of disputes our company faces.’

Key clients

3M

AT&T

Cargill

Facebook

Google

Nestlé

Shutterfly

Spotify

The Bank of New York Mellon

US Chamber of Commerce

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Cargill before the US Supreme Court in reversing an appellate decision that had reinstated an Alien Tort Statute class action against Cargill.
  • Represented the players of the US Women’s soccer team in their appeal of an adverse summary judgment ruling on pay equity.
  • Successfully represented Northrop Grumman in the Ninth Circuit in obtaining dismissal of a nationwide class action regarding pension benefits.

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

Since its establishment in 2019, McDermott Will & Emery LLP‘s appellate practice has been consistently involved in high-stakes administrative and constitutional litigation — as well as complex business disputes. The team is a particularly strong performer in US Supreme Court cases, where it has argued ten matters since January 2019. The firm also continues to notch up involvement in significant cases before federal and state appellate courts. Paul Hughes and Michael Kimberly co-chair the department from Washington DC and they recently paired up to represent David Wilson, a member of The Board of Trustees of the Houston Community College System, in a case discussing the authority of elected bodies to censure their members for speech protected by the First Amendment. Associate Andrew Lyonsberg, also based in Washington DC, provides capable support.

Practice head(s):

Paul Hughes; Michael Kimberly

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Lyonsberg

Testimonials

‘MWE’s appellate practice is of high caliber and is well-versed in the healthcare space where our organization is engaged.’

Paul Hughes has deep knowledge and experience in SCOTUS practice. His intellect is outstanding and he is a joy to work with. If I have a matter that I want to take to the US Supreme Court, Paul is my go-to lawyer.’

‘Michael Kimberly is a consummate expert in appellate law and practice and embodies the knowledge, confidence, and poise required for the task at hand. Moreover, he has done an excellent job of making himself available as an advisor, counsel, and confidant for our organization.’

Key clients

The Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America

The National Association of Manufacturers

Banner Health

Pharmaceutical Care Management Association (PCMA)

Healthcare Distribution Alliance

Allied World Surplus Lines

Pabst Brewing Company

Blackboard, Inc.

Express Scripts; Cigna

Google Inc.

Virginia Healthcare and Hospital Association

New England Power Generations Association

Electric Power Supply Association

Vanda Pharmaceuticals

Pro bono clients, including Nidal Nasrallah, Pedro Pablo Guerrero-Lasprilla and Ruben Ovalles, Brian Iverson, Pedro Pablo Guerrero-Lasprilla and Ruben Ovalles

Work highlights

  • Represented David Wilson, a member of The Board of Trustees of the Houston Community College System, in a case concerning the authority of elected bodies to censure their members for speech protected by the First Amendment.
  • Represented Maria Angelica Guzman Chavez and others before the US Supreme Court in a high-profile immigration case discussing whether individuals should be subjected to mandatory detention while awaiting the outcome of immigration cases.
  • Successfully represented Hernan Portillo-Flores in an immigration law case determining that the Board of Immigration Appeals must take age into account when reviewing asylum cases.

MoloLamken LLP

MoloLamken LLP ranks ‘among the four leading appellate boutiques in the market‘, according to sources. While more compact than many of its competitors, the firm’s niche focus on representing clients in complex disputes and investigations ensures that it punches above its weight to provide effective counsel in hard-fought appeals. The firm handles a comprehensive spread of appellate cases from its platforms in Washington DC, New York and Chicago, and is widely recognized for its expertise in patents, energy regulation, telecoms and sovereign immunity-related matters. Lawyers are highlighted for their ‘very strategic, practical and logical approaches to complex appellate issues‘. In particular, Jeffrey Lamken is ‘simply excellent in court‘ and has argued 25 cases before the US Supreme Court. In a recent SCOTUS win, Lamken successfully represented Arthrex in challenging the appointment of the Patent Office’s Administrative Patent Judges under the Constitution’s Appointments Clause. Michael Pattillo is also an experienced litigator and is recommended for his record in appeals before the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, particularly patent-related cases. A key name in the firm includes Robert Kry, who focuses on trial and appellate litigation. James Barta left the firm. Named attorneys are based in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey Lamken

Testimonials

MoloLamken LLP stands among the four leading appellate boutiques in the market. It is outstanding.

Unrivalled knowledge of the law and upper courts combined with careful attention to detail and consideration of long-term legal strategy.’

The team is incredibly creative. The individuals are all down-to-earth and easy to work with. I appreciate how much they dig into technology issues in complicated IP appeals.’

‘Unbelievable appellate practice with much lower billing rates than AMLAW 500 firms.’

‘Provides extremely practical advice, which is often lacking from appellate specialists. Very strategic, practical and logical approaches to complex appellate issues.’

Jeffrey Lamken is simply excellent in court.

Honestly, the nicest people to work with. Jeffrey Lamken applied the highest intellect with a humble and collaborative approach to dealing with clients.

Jeffrey Lamken is brilliant and so very personable.’

Key clients

AMG Capital Management, LLC, Black Creek Capital Corporation, Broadmoor Capital Partners, LLC, Level 5 Motorsports, LLC, Scott Tucker, Kim Tucker, and Park 269 LLC

Arthrex, Inc.

Moldovagaz

Amgen Inc.

Rovi Corp.

Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson

Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.

Microsoft Corporation

Marion Healthcare LLC; Marion Diagnostic LLC; Andron Medical Associates

Angelo Baio as lead plaintiff and class representative for Nikola Corp. investors

AMG Capital Management, LLC, Black Creek Capital Corporation, Broadmoor Capital Partners, LLC, Level 5 Motorsports, LLC, Scott Tucker, Kim Tucker, and Park 269 LLC

Arthrex, Inc.

Moldovagaz

Amgen Inc.

Rovi Corp.

Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson

Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.

Microsoft Corporation

Marion Healthcare LLC; Marion Diagnostic LLC; Andron Medical Associates

Angelo Baio as lead plaintiff and class representative for Nikola Corp. investors

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented AMG Capital Management, and related entities, in a US Supreme Court case overturning a $1.3bn judgment against the clients.
  • Successfully represented Arthrex in a SCOTUS case arising out of the Federal Circuit’s decision holding that the Patent Office’s Administrative Patent Judges are appointed in violation of the Constitution’s Appointments Clause.
  • Successfully represented Moldovagaz in an appeal to the Second Circuit, obtaining a reversal of a $33m judgment against the company.

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP‘s group is comprised of ‘extremely intelligent and savvy practitioners‘, who find favor for their ‘excellent judgment regarding appellate tactics‘. The group brings to bear robust experience in appellate matters nationwide, including involvement in cases before the US Supreme Court, as well as every federal court of appeals and numerous states’ appellate courts. Washington DC-based practice chair David Salmons recently acted alongside Community Legal Services of Philadelphia to successfully challenge the US Department of Agriculture’s guidance in interpreting the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, to support over 650,000 Pennsylvania households struggling to meet basic daily needs during the pandemic. The department also benefits from the experience of ‘consummate appellate lawyerWilliam Peterson in Houston and San Francisco-based Thomas Peterson.

Practice head(s):

David Salmons

Testimonials

‘Extremely intelligent and savvy practitioners. Wealth of experience and excellent judgment regarding appellate tactics. A real appreciation for what matters and what does not.’

They are extremely thorough and thoughtful in their analysis of complicated legal issues.’

‘Lawyers are exceedingly dedicated to client service.’

‘William Peterson is a consummate appellate lawyer who is always focused on the key issues. I would be hard pressed to find someone else with his level of intelligence, talent, diligence and judgment.’

Bryan Killian is a brilliant lawyer and one of the best advocates I have worked with during my career.’

Stephanie Schuster is an excellent writer and developing as an oral advocate.’

Key clients

Community Legal Services of Philadelphia (CLS)

Amazon, Inc.

Alfred E. Mann Foundation (AMF)

Xcel Energy Services

CSX Transportation

AstraZeneca/Bristol Meyers Squibb

BMW of North America, LLC

Charter Communications

Missouri Foster Children

Novo Nordisk Inc.

Rite Aid Corporation

ConocoPhillips Company

G.W. Lisk Company, Inc.

LG Electronics Inc. and LG Electronics USA Inc.

Expedia.com

Techtronic Industries Co.

Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America

Philanthropy Roundtable

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Bimbo Bakeries in the Second Circuit in the first appellate decision to resolve the common independent contractor classification for individuals responsible for the distribution of baked goods.
  • Acted alongside Community Legal Services of Philadelphia to secure a pro bono victory for more than 650,000 Pennsylvania households, in a challenge to the Department of Agriculture’s guidance in interpreting the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.
  • Successfully represented several online travel companies (including Hotels.com, Expedia and Hotwire) in a US Supreme Court case concerning cost awards.

Morrison Foerster

Morrison Foerster strikes the right note with its ‘deep knowledge and expertise‘. In particular, sources highlight the appellate practice as a ‘true leader in intellectual property‘. That said, the broad group’s experience takes in the full suite of matters, with its recent cases spanning class actions, human rights and data protection, among other issues. Led from Washington DC, the national practice fields well-staffed platforms across the country and has advised on cases before the US Supreme Court, every federal court of appeals as well as state appellate courts in California, New York and elsewhere. In Washington DC, group co-heads Deanne Maynard and Joseph Palmore are highlighted together as ‘exceptionally strong lawyers and gifted oral advocates‘. Maynard, who has argued 14 times before the US Supreme Court, had a banner year, which included winning cases for Pivotal Software (US Supreme Court), VMware (Federal Circuit) and Washington University (Third Circuit). Palmore recently secured a Second Circuit win for Carlos Lopez & Associates in a precedent-setting data breach case. Brian Matsui is also recommended in Washington DC, while in San Francisco James Sigel is noted for his ‘wise litigatory maneuvers‘.

Practice head(s):

Deanne Maynard; Joseph Palmore

 

Testimonials

Morrison Foerster’s appellate team brings deep knowledge and expertise to matters and addresses the client’s concerns with efficiency and professionalism.

The team has two co-leaders, Deanne Maynard and Joseph Palmore, who are both of exceptional ability and range. The firm is a true leader in intellectual property appellate practice, but its strength is not confined to that subject.

I work closely with James Sigel, an attorney of outstanding capability and insight who is quick to respond with insightful advice and wise litigatory maneuvers.

Both Deanne Maynard and Joe Palmore stand out as leaders in the appellate bar. They are both exceptionally strong lawyers and gifted oral advocates in particular.

Key clients

VMware

Uber

C.R. Bard, Inc.

Washington University

Lummi Nation

Carlos Lopez & Associates, LLC

Blackberry Limited

Victim Rights Law Center

UPS

Bank of America

Whole Women’s Health

Work highlights

  • Obtained a win for Pivotal Software (part of VMware), following the US Supreme Court’s granting of a petition for a writ of certiorari requesting the review of a major securities law question.
  • Secured a victory for VMware in the Federal Circuit in a mandamus proceeding filed by Cirba Inc.
  • Successfully represented C.R. Bard in the Federal Circuit, reviving its patent claims and allowing it to proceed on remand with its infringement case.

Munger, Tolles & Olson

Appellate work is a mainstay at Munger, Tolles & Olson and the firm climbs a tier on the back of its consistently strong showing before the US Supreme Court. Sources particularly highlight the group’s robust senior experience — the department fields a former Solicitor General and several Appeal Court clerks among its ranks — and assert that the practice ‘has its finger on the pulse of the Court‘. The group is also distinguished by its specialization in high-stakes, groundbreaking cases, with the financial services, entertainment, technology, and energy sectors standing out as industry sweet spots. Former Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, based in Washington DC, is regarded by many as ‘the class of the Supreme Court bar‘. Verrilli successfully represented the US House of Representatives in overturning a lower court decision striking down the Affordable Care Act as unconstitutional. Other key names in Washington DC include the ‘insightfulElaine Goldenberg, who is representing Lyft in multiple appeals discussing the scope of the transportation-worker exception to the Federal Arbitration Act, and ‘brilliant advocateGinger Anders. In San Francisco, Benjamin Horwich has recently handled cases for Steves & Sons, BNSF Railway and Wells Fargo Bank, among others.

Testimonials

The team is strong on experience, character, diligence and knowledge of the Supreme Court. With a former Solicitor General, numerous Supreme Court clerks, and alums of the Solicitor General’s office, this practice is second to none in its sophistication and talent. It has its finger on the pulse of the Court.

The firm is so darn smart. You can count on them to learn a new topic/matter quickly and then be able to provide timely and valuable insights. The ramp-up period for a matter is surprisingly short for them.

‘The attorneys with whom my office worked at Munger, Tolles & Olson were absolutely splendid. They provided the highest quality legal work we could have asked for. And they did so in a very pleasant and professional way. I could not have been more pleased with their work.’

Donald Verrilli is the class of the Supreme Court bar; decent, thoughtful and respected by all.

Don Verrilli is one of the top five or six Supreme Court advocates in the US — an outstanding advocate and a formidable opponent.

Elaine Goldenberg is tireless, a craftsperson, insightful, practical and down-to-earth.

Ginger Anders is a graceful writer, a lovely person and a brilliant advocate.’

Key clients

U.S. House of Representatives

Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico

Steve & Sons, Inc.

BNSF Railway

Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings, Inc. (TEPCO)

Lyft, Inc.

The Walt Disney Company

The Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E)

Beats Electronics LLC

Google LLC

Southern California Edison

Wells Fargo Bank, NA

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented the US House of Representatives before the US Supreme Court in overturning a lower court decision striking down the Affordable Care Act as unconstitutional.
  • Represented Steves & Sons in successfully defending an antitrust ruling before the Fourth Circuit.
  • Obtained a victory for BNSF Railway establishing that federal law preempts local permitting requirements for upgrading rail lines.

O'Melveny & Myers LLP

O’Melveny & Myers LLP attracts praise for its ability to ‘collaborate and partner with clients to reach the best outcomes‘. A strong performer nationally, over the past year the group notched up appearances in the US Supreme Court and Federal Circuit as well as various state courts, including Kentucky and California. Department chair Jonathan Hacker secures praise from all quarters for his brief writing and is also highlighted by a longstanding client as ‘the best oral advocate I have seen‘. Hacker recently obtained a successful result for Allied World Assurance before the Kentucky Court of Appeals in an insurance liability case. Michael Dreeben, who serves as co-chair of the white-collar defense and corporate investigations practice, has broad appellate expertise; he recently represented the City of Austin as petitioner before the US Supreme Court in City of Austin, Texas v. Reagan National Advertising of Texas Inc.Rising star partnerAnton Metlitsky, based in New York, is establishing himself as a ‘go-to appellate lawyer for high-risk appeals‘. Metlitsky successfully defended American Airlines before the Fifth Circuit in an ERISA suit. Other names to note include special counsel Jeffrey Fisher, who handles a mix of civil and criminal matters, and seasoned appellate specialist Walter Dellinger. All attorneys are based in Washington DC unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Hacker

Testimonials

This is the smartest group of attorneys with whom I have worked, and an equally humble group as well. They collaborate and partner with clients to reach the best outcomes. They also have done a lot of appellate work for us and have developed a deep understanding of the (re)insurance industry.’

The number of former US Supreme Court law clerks is impressive. When you work with the associates, they are on a different plane (or level) than other associates at other firms. The group’s moot court sessions ahead of arguments put the lead advocates in the best position to succeed.

‘All of the team has stellar resumes, including clerkship experience, and several we’ve worked with have gone on to high-ranking government legal jobs. In addition, the firm is willing to work with us on attractive alternative fee agreements, including with success components, that incentivize everyone to get the best possible outcome.’

Jonathan Hacker is amazing, the best oral advocate I have seen and an amazing writer. He is also great at editing his briefs to address client issues, and is a great person.’

Anton Metlitsky is a rising star partner who has clerked for two Supreme Court justices and is an amazing thinker and writer.’

‘This team, particularly Anton Metlitsky, is top notch and our company’s go-to appellate lawyer for high-risk appeals. They put all necessary resources into an appeal, from a nimble one partner-one associate team doing the drafting, to mock arguments with the rest of their skilled team, to excellent presentation before the appellate judges.’

‘Anton Metlitsky stands above the rest. He has a brilliant legal mind, is a tremendous (yet extremely efficient) writer, is a persuasive advocate in oral argument, and is a terrific guy to work with. If he was exceptional in any of these areas, he would be a valued member of a team. The fact he’s excellent in all of them makes him our go-to advocate.’

Key clients

Airlines for America

Allied World Assurance

American Airlines

Atlas Air, Inc.

Bank of America

Century Indemnity Co.

City of Austin, Texas

Ethicon

Fidelity Investments

Google

Harvard University

Johnson & Johnson

Keddrick Kennon

Little Rock Family Planning Services

Niantic, Inc.

Refugio Palomar-Santiago

Samsung and LG Electronics

Sirius XM Radio

The Cato Institute

Work highlights

  • Represented Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiaries in defending over 3,000 opioid cases, including winning a victory in Oklahoma when the state Supreme Court reversed a ruling requiring the company to pay $465m for nuisance abatement.
  • Successfully defended American Airlines before the Fifth Circuit in a breach of fiduciary duty suit alleging its 401(k) plan offered an investment option that benefited the company more than its employees.
  • Scored a win for SiriusXM before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in a high-profile copyright case.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP‘s ‘creative, bold, and talented‘ attorneys impress with their ‘fresh approaches to constructing arguments‘. The practice has established itself as a go-to team for high-profile appeals, with two-thirds of the department’s work deriving from appellate clients, as opposed to other practices in the firm. The group further prides itself on its ‘constellation’ working model, with cases routinely led by up-and-coming partners — ensuring that its ‘deep bench of young, diverse appellate practitioners’ is a recurring theme among sources. New York-based group head Joshua Rosenkranz has argued more than 200 appeals in state and federal appellate courts, including 20 before the US Supreme Court; he recently persuaded a New Jersey appeals court to reverse a $117m jury verdict against Johnson & Johnson in talcum powder litigation. Eric Shumsky is highly regarded for his strength in technology-related cases and successfully represented Facebook in defending a patent infringement win in the Federal Circuit. Robert Loeb and ‘skilled and subtle advocate’ Mark Davies are also experienced names. Among the team’s up-and-coming stars, Mel Bostwickis brilliant at oral argument‘, while senior associates Jeremy Peterman and Robbie Manhas are also noted. Brian Goldman departed to join the Office of the California Governor.

Practice head(s):

Joshua Rosenkranz

Testimonials

The Orrick appellate lawyers with whom I have worked are creative, bold, and talented team players. They take fresh approaches to constructing arguments and drafting them in a way that is both persuasive and interesting to read. They also know the Federal Circuit very well.’

This firm has a deep bench of young, diverse appellate practitioners that we’ve had a great experience with.’

Most importantly, the team thinks strategically, considers various options, and clearly articulates the pros and cons of each, and is willing to present a disciplined recommendation. The firm’s innovation practice group also offers creative solutions to client problems.

The team’s strengths are: great strategic thinking, excellent written work product and oral advocacy, and wonderful communication.’

I enjoy collaborating with Orrick. They are very receptive to feedback and great in communicating with clients. Their focus is always on putting the client’s best case forward to the court — not pride of authorship.’

Mark Davies is an outstanding leader of their appellate teams, as well as a skilled and subtle advocate. He really knows the Federal Circuit. Mark also has the crucial ability to see both the big-picture forest and the technically-detailed trees at the same time, and to weave them all together into a compelling story on appeal.’

Eric Shumsky stands out as an elite appellate attorney who can be trusted to review the most difficult and challenging matters to chart the most appropriate path forward. And, when a client alters the course set by trial counsel, Eric deftly navigates those challenging circumstances.’

Mel Bostwick is a star. She delivers superb written work product and is brilliant at oral argument. And Mark Davies and Mel are developing a great bench of younger attorneys, among which Robbie Manhas stands out.’

Key clients

Cisco

Cox Communications

Credit Suisse

DISH Network

Facebook

Gilead Sciences

Instacart

Johnson & Johnson

Oracle

Sonos

Work highlights

  • Obtained a Federal Circuit victory for Kite Pharma in a high-stakes appeal involving a $1.2bn patent-infringement verdict.
  • Successfully represented Roxanne Torres before the US Supreme Court in a case clarifying the Fourth Amendment’s critical protections against unreasonable seizures and excessive force apply whenever an officer applies physical force to restrain a person.
  • Secured a win for Facebook in a patent infringement case concerning Facebook’s 3D photos technology.

Paul Hastings LLP

Paul Hastings LLP‘s appellate group plugs into the firm’s robust patent litigation offering to attract a significant volume of patent appeals, particularly before the Federal Circuit. Other practice strong suits include securities litigation, immigration, and labor and employment. Department chair Stephen Kinnaird, based in Washington DC, has argued before the US Supreme Court, as well as federal and state appellate courts. Kinnaird recently paired up with Washington DC-based Naveen Modi to successfully represent L’Oréal in two patent infringement and trade secret cases before the Federal Circuit. Palo Alto-based Yar Chaikovsky and Washington DC-based Joseph Palys also bring to bear strong records in patent-related appeals.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Kinnaird

Key clients

Google

Chevron Oronite Company, LLC

L’Oréal

General Atomics

Samsung Electronics

VirnetX

Oracle Corporation

National Association of Broadcasters

Snap, Inc.

Federal Aviation Administration

Trend Micro

PDVSA Petroleo

The Nature Conservancy

Public Counsel Veteran Caregivers Support Program

Work highlights

  • Represented L’Oréal in back-to-back victories before the Federal Circuit in patent infringement and trade secret cases initiated by a competitor.
  • Successfully defended Snap against alleged patent infringement of six US patents owned by Blackberry.
  • Represented Matthew Connolly, the former supervisor of the Money Market Desk at Deutsche Bank, in a high-profile DOJ prosecution in the Southern District of New York.

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

As good as it gets‘, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP‘s appellate team impresses with its increasing involvement in precedent-setting cases, following the arrival of high-profile group chair Kannon K. Shanmugam in 2019. Notably, the firm secured three US Supreme Court victories in the 2020-21 term alone. The group also has experience in arguing before all 13 Courts of Appeals, as well as many state appellate courts. Washington DC-based Shanmugam is an ‘all-star in every respect‘ and recently paired up with the trial litigation team to score an 8-1 win for Goldman Sachs in a SCOTUS case with significant implications for class certification in securities class actions. In San Francisco, Meredith Dearborn is noted for her expertise in representing technology companies; she teamed up with Washington DC’s Karen Dunn to successfully defend Uber in the First Circuit in an unfair competition case. Elsewhere, Washington DC-based senior associate Aimee Brown played a key role in the firm’s successful representation of Spirit Airlines before the DC Circuit, in a matter concerning the FAA’s flight authorizations allocation at Newark Airport. New York-based Nicholas P. Groombridge, who focuses exclusively on intellectual property litigation, is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Kannon Shanmugam

Testimonials

The team is lead by Kannon Shanmugam, which automatically makes the entire team as good as it gets.’

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison continues to raise its profile in the appellate area; Kannon has been tearing up the track.

Kannon is an all-star in every respect: a brilliant lawyer and tactician, with impeccable judgment and an optimal moral compass. I couldn’t recommend the firm any more highly.

Key clients

Goldman Sachs & Co.

Uber

Borden, Charles Jr.

Seila Law, LLC

Henry Schein, Inc.

Huberfeld, Murray

Glencore International A.G., Glencore Ltd., Glencore Energy UK

Spirit Airlines

Exxon

National Music Publishers’ Association, Inc. (NMPA)

Citigroup, Inc.

Citco Corporate Services, Inc.

Amgen

Genentech, Inc.

Mastercard International, Inc.

CNA Financial Corporation

Paypal, Inc.

C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc.

MGG Investment Group LP

Proskauer Rose LLP

Proskauer Rose LLP‘s appellate team handles a diverse mix of work, with notable experience in bankruptcy, sports, IP and ERISA-related cases. Among its most high-profile files, the team continues to represent the Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico in appeals arising from the restructuring of Puerto Rico’s public debt — the largest municipal restructuring in US history. New York-based Mark Harris advises on both civil and criminal cases at the trial and appellate levels and co-chairs the group alongside Boston-based John Roberts; together they co-lead the department’s involvement in the Puerto Rico restructuring. New York-based Myron Rumeld is recommended for his strong record in ERISA litigation.

Practice head(s):

Mark Harris; John Roberts

Other key lawyers:

Myron Rumeld

Key clients

Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico (FOMB)

Wells Fargo

Amgen

National Football League

Town Car International

“Power 5 Conferences” (Pac 12, Big Ten, Big 12, ACC and SEC)

Merchant Funding Services

British Telecomm (“BT”)

JPMorgan

VXI Lux Holdco

Scholars of Forensic Science (Ronnie Long)

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP‘s national appellate practice is distinguished by its close integration with its trial practice, which sees key partners routinely argue pre-trial, trial and post-trial motions. Appellate head Kathleen Sullivan works out of New York and Los Angeles and is widely lauded as a go-to practitioner for complex appeals; she is representing Caltech in an appeal of a $1.1bm patent infringement judgment in Caltech’s favor and against Broadcom and Apple. Other senior names to note include New York-based Sanford Weisburst and Derek Shaffer in Washington DC. Among the team’s up-and-coming partners, John Bash, a former US Attorney for the Western District of Texas, continues to raise his private practice profile following his arrival at the firm in 2020. Bash splits his time between Austin and Washington DC and specializes in appellate litigation and internal investigations.

Practice head(s):

Kathleen Sullivan

Key clients

The California Institute of Technology (“Caltech”)

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. & Samsung Electronics America, Inc.

Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc.

Olaplex, Inc.

Howard Tadlock

GCA Advisors, LLC

National Association of REALTORS

Brigade Capital Management, LP; HPS Investment Partners, LLC; Bardin Hill Loan Management LLC; Greywolf Loan Management LP; ZAIS Group LLC; Symphony Asset Management LLC; Allstate Investment Management Company; Medalist Partners Corporate Finance LLC; Tall Tree Investment Management LLC; New Generation Advisors LLC

Express Scripts

Bank of China, China Construction Bank, Industrial & Commercial Bank of China, Bank of Communications, China Merchants Bank

C3.ai, Thomas Siebel, and David Schmaier

CWCapital Cobalt Vr Ltd., a Cayman exempted company that issued collateralized debt obligations backed by commercial mortgage-backed securities

Snowcreek IV Owners’ Association

Americans for Prosperity Foundation

Express Scripts, Inc.

Mirae Asset Global Investments

Unification Church International (“UCI”)

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Americans for Prosperity Foundation before the US Supreme Court in a case ruling it unconstitutional for the Attorney General of California to demand that charities report the names and addresses of their major donors.
  • Obtained a victory for Express Scripts, from the en banc Delaware Supreme Court, with a unanimous opinion vacating an $82m jury verdict and remanding for a new trial in a post-M&A dispute.
  • Obtained a unanimous victory for GCA Advisors in an employment case in the Ninth Circuit discussing the ‘knowing waiver’ standard.

Reed Smith LLP

Reed Smith LLP‘s appellate group stands out for its comprehensive national network, which draws on robust platforms in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, Washington DC, Houston and New York. The team’s broad geographical spread ensures that it is well versed in arguing cases in state and federal appeals across the country, including the US Supreme Court. In San Francisco, Raymond Cardozo has served as lead counsel in over 150 appeals in state and federal courts. Group chair Kim Watterson operates out of Los Angeles and Pittsburgh and is recognized for her record in the Pennsylvania appellate courts. Other recommended names include Brian Sutherland, who splits time between New York and San Francisco, and Chicago-based Patrick Yingling, who was recently promoted to partner.

Practice head(s):

Kim Watterson

Testimonials

‘Reed Smith’s performance was superlative. The case required extensive factual and legal work, and the firm went all in and provided truly excellent lawyering. One of our clients described feeling “so proud and represented” when Brian Sutherland, the lead partner on our case, stepped to the podium to argue the case.’

The appellate team is exceptional. Before going in house, I worked at multiple law firms, including an AmLaw 100 firm for 15 years. I know many high-quality lawyers and this team was as good or better than any I have seen. Luckily for me, they were representing me.’

The team’s experience with “Appellate: supreme courts (federal and state)” practice is very good. The team is very knowledgeable about civil procedure, evidence, and briefing.

I admire the firm’s efforts on diversity and inclusion; specifically, its employee resource groups, and commitment to promotion of diverse lawyers based on race, gender, LBGTQ, etc.’

‘Raymond Cardozo has an encyclopaedic knowledge of appellate procedures and tactics and is very strategic in utilizing them.’

Raymond Cardozo and Brian Sutherland were perfect on all counts. They won a complete reversal of a trial court decision. Most people thought we would lose, but Ray and Brian found a way to communicate the law and facts to the court without being lost in the noise of the opposition of public entities, activist groups, misguided historical preservation groups, and 16 amicus briefs against us.

Brian Sutherland was the lead partner. He has put countless pro bono hours into our lawsuit — developing novel legal claims, drafting briefs, doing an excellent argument before the Court, and managing the case. Other partners at Reed Smith also provided excellent representation, including Patrick Yingling (who also contributed to research and brief-writing.

Ropes & Gray LLP

Ropes & Gray LLP‘s appellate group forms a key part of the firm’s broader litigation and enforcement department, which equips it to handle appeals across a broad array of sectors. On the corporate front, the group has experience in IP, antitrust, insurance, bankruptcy and securities law matters. Additionally, it secures a significant volume of constitutional and criminal law cases nationally. Washington DC-based practice chair Douglas Hallward-Driemeier has clocked up 17 appearances before the US Supreme Court and has also argued before every federal Court of Appeals. He recently represented the City of Boston before the US Supreme Court in a case discussing the scope of the ‘government speech’ doctrine.

Other key lawyers:

James Batchelder; David Hennes

Key clients

American Tower Corporation

Apax Partners, LP

Approximately 30 clients, including major public and private pension plans and mutual funds (including the Tribune Company pension plans)

Casita LP

City of Boston

Emerson Electric Co.

Eversource Energy

Grand River Navigation Company, Inc.

Investment Company Institute

IP Bridge, Inc.

Metropolitan West Asset Management, LLC

National Women’s Law Center, Lambda Legal, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

ProShare Advisors LLC

Work highlights

  • Representing Grand River Navigation Company before the Michigan Court of Appeals in a breach of contract action concerning an alleged breach of a Charter Party Agreement.
  • Acting as court-appointed liaison counsel to a 30-client group of shareholder defendants in coordinating the defense of $8bn fraudulent conveyance litigation seeking to recover payments made to shareholders in a leveraged buyout of the Tribune Company.
  • Representing the City of Boston in a US Supreme Court case discussing critical issues regarding the First Amendment and government speech.

Selendy Gay Elsberg PLLC

Selendy Gay Elsberg PLLC‘s New York-based practice covers a broad scope of appellate work, with its recent cases spanning insurance, construction, financial services and securities, among other matters. Department chair Caitlin Halligan, a former Solicitor General for the State of New York, has argued six cases before the US Supreme Court, as well as handling cases in the federal and state appellate courts. Halligan recently represented AIG subsidiary National Union Fire Insurance Company of Pittsburgh in an insurance-related matter before the New York Court of Appeals. Other key contacts include Philippe Selendy and Sean Baldwin.

Practice head(s):

Caitlin Halligan

Other key lawyers:

Sean Baldwin; Philippe Selendy

Key clients

National Union Fire Insurance Company of Pittsburgh, PA

Cerberus Capital Management

U.S. Bank

Pfizer, Inc.

Amsterdam Avenue Redevelopment Associates

Kenneth Krys and Greig Mitchell as Joint Liquidators for three BVI funds: Fairfield Sentry Limited; Fairfield Sigma Limited; Fairfield Lambda Limited

Computershare

Mohammed Ali Rashid

New Hampshire Insurance Company

Work highlights

  • Represented National Union Fire Insurance Company of Pittsburgh before the New York Court of Appeals in a case discussing whether a $160m SEC disgorgement order issued against Bear Stearns constituted an insurable event.
  • Represented Cerberus Capital Management, as plaintiff, in a $950m breach of contract action against the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce.
  • Obtained a unanimous reversal from the Appellate Division, First Department of a trial court decision, which ordered client Amsterdam Avenue Redevelopment Associates to tear down numerous floors of its residential building at 200 Amsterdam Avenue.

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP‘s trial practice is the primary source of its appellate work and sources attest the firm ‘offers a one-stop shop in handling matters right from litigation to appeal‘. The New York-based group blends a strong commercial offering with an active pro bono practice, which ensures a markedly broad practice scope. Jonathan Youngwood is a ‘thoughtful and effective oral advocate‘ and is noted for his expertise in securities litigation, co-heading the team alongside Lynn Neuner. Other key names include Joseph McLaughlin, who has an emphasis on class actions and shareholder derivative suits, and of counsel Paul Curnin.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Youngwood; Lynn Neuner

Other key lawyers:

Joseph McLaughlin; Paul Curnin

Testimonials

The team is great. The firm offers a one-stop shop in handling matters right from litigation to appeal. There are few firms that I would consider doing this with, STB is one of those firms.’

The team is efficient, cost-effective, and provides a quality product.’

Jonathan Youngwood is fantastic. He is very responsive, thoughtful, and provides great insights. On top of that, he is a thoughtful and effective oral advocate.

Key clients

Alibaba

Best Buy

Countrywide Home Loans, Inc.

JPMorgan Chase

Lehman Brothers’ Former Officers

Pacific Alternative Asset Management Co. and Prisma Capital Partners

Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners LP

Travelers

Vivint, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Travelers and St. Paul before the Texas Court of Appeals in asbestos direct-action litigation.
  • Acted alongside the Southern Poverty Law Center in litigation challenging the constitutionality of Mississippi’s lifetime voting ban for people with disqualifying criminal convictions.
  • Secured an appellate win for Countrywide reversing a trial court decision and a dismissal with prejudice of claims in residential mortgage-backed securities cases.

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Since its launch in late 2020, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP‘s appellate practice has notched up several appeal appearances, including before the US Supreme Court. The team leverages the wider firm’s contentious tax capability to pack a punch in tax appeals and, over the past year, it has also handled aviation, energy, securities and constitutional law-related matters. Washington DC-based department head Shay Dvoretzky has argued 13 cases before the US Supreme Court, including recently obtaining a unanimous victory for pro bono client Edward Caniglia in a ruling that prevents police from entering people’s homes for ‘community caretaking’ functions without a warrant.

Practice head(s):

Shay Dvoretzky

Testimonials

Skadden recently hired Shay Dvoretzky to lead its new Supreme Court and Appellate Practice. Mr. Dvoretzky is as good as they come; he’s among the upper echelon of Supreme Court advocates. Mr. Dvoretzky delivers thoughtful and persuasive arguments that captivate the justices’ attention and command their respect. The work of the group is incredibly sophisticated and complex.

Shay Dvoretzky has an incredible depth of experience in litigating in the courts of appeal. He is a brilliant legal mind and incredibly well respected by the bench.

Shay Dvoretzky is an incredibly talented appellate advocate. He has a knack for distilling complex arguments down to their essence. He has years of experience handling critical appeals for companies, which gives him a very sophisticated understanding of business and how to marshal effective arguments about commercial realities.

Shay has a talent for brief writing and oral advocacy that is unmatched. But he also sees the larger picture for clients — the many ways individual cases can affect their business — and the larger picture for the broader legal landscape.’

Shay Dvoretzky is a brilliant legal mind and advocate. He is a creative and thoughtful partner for busy clients. He not only provides excellent legal services, he understands the myriad demands clients face beyond litigation.’

Shay Dvoretzky, the head of Skadden’s practice, is remarkably successful at getting the justices to accept his cases for review. Among the upper echelon of Supreme Court advocates, Mr. Dvoretzky has the highest grant rate: from 2018 to 2021, the justices granted over 41% of Mr. Dvoretzky’s petitions.

Vinson & Elkins LLP

Diligent, knowledgeable and highly ethical‘, Vinson & Elkins LLP‘s appellate practice is particularly dominant in energy-related matters, in line with the wider firm’s signature strength. The team has also built up strong experience in First Amendment, IP, bankruptcy, tax and insurance-related issues. Led out of Texas, the group’s broad national footprint has seen it argue matters across the country, including in the US Supreme Court, all federal Circuit Courts of Appeals and state courts nationwide. Marie Yeates and Thomas Leatherbury co-chair the department from Houston and Dallas respectively. Washington DC-based counsel Joshua Johnson  departed for a role at the CFPB.

Testimonials

Vinson & Elkins lawyers have handled several legal matters for our organization with the utmost care and professionalism, always through high-level advocacy and strategy, clear advice, and thorough and effective communication with our legal team and board of directors. They are meticulous in explaining the ins and outs of every option before us.’

‘Lawyers are frequently brought into a case after trial and prepare and prosecute an appeal to a range of courts. They are diligent, knowledgeable and highly ethical and effective. The firm is very diverse and employs current technology.’

‘The appellate team is widely respected by the courts before which they appear. The work product, be it a brief or an amicus filing, is always fresh, innovative and persuasive. Often the selection of amicus client is of importance, depending on the issue and the law being briefed. V&E has significant connections and relationships which facilitate this selection.’

All of the V&E lawyers we’ve worked with provide stellar analysis and advice. They are also among the most kind and accessible outside counsel we know.’

The appellate lawyers at V&E, particularly Marie Yeates and Michael Heidler, are second to none. They work seamlessly as a team and are quite imaginative in formulating effective arguments. Their communication skills are excellent.’

Thomas Leatherbury is the true definition of a professional. We have worked with him on several issues over the years and he has always been available for us and gracious with his time and counsel.’

Key clients

Rio Bravo Pipeline Company, LLC (subsidiary of Enbridge, Inc.)

Southwest Airlines

Adelphia Gateway, LLC.

NCI, Inc.

Reavis, Benjamin

Jefferson Gulf Coast Energy Partners

Texas Central Partners, LLC

State Bar of Texas

Pembina Inc./Jordan Cove Energy Project

PennEast Pipeline Company, LLC

Sunoco, Inc. (R&M)

Various national trade associations (U.S. Chamber of Commerce; National Association of Manufacturers, Interstate Natural Gas Association of America, Society for Corporate Governance)

Work highlights

  • Representing Rio Bravo Pipeline Company in appellate litigation related to the Rio Grande LNG project, a proposed LNG export facility and connected interstate natural gas pipeline.
  • Representing Southwest Airlines in litigation concerning whether four major airlines (Southwest, American, Delta and United) unlawfully agreed to restrain the growth of airline capacity and increase air travel fares.
  • Defending Adelphia Gateway in three judicial review petitions, filed in the US Courts of Appeals for the DC and Third Circuits, connected to the Adelphia Gateway Project.

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP continues to raise its game in the US Supreme Court and the recent arrival of Washington DC-based SCOTUS advocate Andrew Tulumello from Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP should further boost its profile in this regard. Among its recent high-profile wins, New York-based practice co-chair Gregory Silbert successfully obtained a unanimous SCOTUS victory for the Republic of Hungary in a case testing the reach of US jurisprudence over foreign sovereigns. The group also draws on the senior experience of Washington DC-based department co-chair Zachary Tripp and Silicon Valley-based patent appeals head Edward Reines. In Washington DC, the firm additionally gained new co-chair Mark Perry, who joined the firm in May 2022 and was formerly co-head of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP‘s practice.

Key clients

Republic of Hungary

Willis Towers Watson

Bridgestone Corp.

Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc.

Morgan Stanley

NBA Star Zion Williamson

Illumina

Sanofi

Westinghouse Electric Co.

Getty Images Inc.

HP Inc.

American International Group

Sears Holdings

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Epiq Systems Inc.

Kinder Morgan

U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team Players Association

Association of American Publishers

Work highlights

  • Secured a unanimous victory for the Republic of Hungary before the US Supreme Court in a case providing guidance on the limits of claims that can be brought against foreign sovereigns in US courts.
  • Obtained a victory for Westinghouse Electric Company in a certified interlocutory appeal before the Third Circuit, which addressed the issue of first impression in bankruptcy law.
  • On behalf of an asset management client, successfully convinced the Delaware Supreme Court to overturn its precedent, Gentile v. Rossette, in a ruling that will have a significant impact on shareholder litigation and Delaware corporate law.

Wiggin and Dana LLP

Wiggin and Dana LLP‘s ‘very dedicated‘ appellate team has extensive national reach; over the past five years, the group has argued appeals in the US Supreme Court and at every federal circuit court, as well as in various state appellate courts, including California, Connecticut and New York. New Haven is the seat of group chair Jonathan Freiman, who is commended for his ‘excellent ability to explain tactics and the law‘. Freiman, together with Tadhg Dooley, is leading the firm’s representation of The Hartford Financial Services Group in all of its business-interruption appeals (currently totaling over 40) in state and federal courts nationwide.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Freiman

Testimonials

‘The team is very knowledgeable about the law and does a great job advocating to the courts.’

‘The quality of the legal work has been outstanding, while the team has been very sensitive to political and public relations questions. They managed to fulfil both needs without reducing the overall quality of the work. The team is also well connected.’

‘The team has always been very dedicated to our case. There have never been issues with deadlines or availability.’

‘The team’s work led to a favorable ruling for us by the Supreme Court. The spirit of the team seems to be very good and the working relationship has been – and is – very pleasant.’

‘Jonathan Freiman is the leading partner for our case. Besides the excellent ability to explain tactics and the law to foreigners and non-native speakers, he performed outstandingly at the oral arguments at DC Circuit and SCOTUS.’

Key clients

Federal Republic of Germany

Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz (German equivalent of Smithsonian)

The Hartford Financial Services Group

Zurich American Insurance Co.

Wesleyan University

Otis Elevator Company

Merck & Co., Inc.

Romag Fasteners, Inc.

The Hartford Underwriters Insurance Co.

Herakles Farms, LLC

Hanover Insurance Company

Doctor’s Associates LLC (Subway franchisor)

Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation

Ingredient Solutions, Inc.

Yale New Haven Hospital

Bristol Hospital

City of Stamford

City of Hartford

Exxon Mobil Corp.

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented the Federal Republic of Germany and the Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz (its national museum) before the US Supreme Court, in a case involving the ownership of a collection of medieval artifacts.
  • Successfully represented Merck & Co in the Second Circuit in a case brought under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.
  • Acted as lead national appellate counsel to all insurance subsidiaries of The Hartford Financial Services Group in appeals stemming from business-interruption claims during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Wiley Rein LLP

Wiley Rein LLP‘s ‘very strategic‘ group is commended for its knowledge ‘about the law in general and DC Circuit appellate practice in particular‘. That said, the Washington DC-based practice is active in appeals across the country, including SCOTUS cases. The team’s work covers an array of subject matters, with the wider firm’s effective international trade offering standing as a key source of instructions. Government relations, telecoms and insurance are also sector strong suits. Practice co-chair Claire Evans brings to bear robust skill sets in communications, regulation and government-related matters. Thomas Johnson Jr, former General Counsel at the Federal Communications Commission, co-chairs the practice.

Practice head(s):

Claire EvansThomas Johnson Jr,

Testimonials

‘Very strategic, thoughtful, knowledgeable about the law in general and DC Circuit appellate practice in particular.’

‘Stephen Obermeier is an outstanding lawyer. He knows the law very well, is very strategic, and he is a wonderful colleague to co-counsel with on a case.’

Key clients

USTelecom Association

CTIA–The Wireless Association

Nexstar, Inc.

United States Chamber of Commerce

Continental Casualty Company

Republican National Committee (RNC)

Verizon Communications

Allied World Surplus Lines Insurance Company

The Boeing Company

Nucor Corporation

Work highlights

  • Represented the Republican National Committee in an appeal arguing that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) failed to meet the standards under the Occupational Safety and Health Act for issuing an ETS.
  • Represented Nexstar in a long-running case about the Federal Communications Commission’s work to modernize media ownership rules.
  • Represented Nucor Tubular Products in challenging the Chevron doctrine, arguing that the Court of International Trade has consistently misapplied the doctrine.

Williams & Connolly LLP

According to sources, Williams & Connolly LLP‘s Washington DC-based appellate team is comprised of attorneys who are ‘at the top of Supreme Court practice‘. The group, which is also active in federal and state courts nationwide, can turn its hand to cases covering any subject matter, with its recent work spanning administrative law, First Amendment rights, securities litigation, immigration and IP, among other issues. High-profile figure Lisa Blatt has a phenomenal record in SCOTUS matters, having argued 42 cases and prevailing in 37. Blatt recently paired up with ‘incisive and collegial‘ up-and-coming partner Sarah Harris to score a decisive 9-0 victory in the US Supreme Court, on behalf of two individuals seeking Social Security disability benefits. In another SCOTUS file, Amy Saharia successfully petitioned for certiorari on behalf of Jose Santos Sanchez and Sonia Gonzalez in a pro bono matter discussing whether an individual who enters the US unlawfully is eligible to become a lawful permanent resident. Luke McCloud, who has a focus on patent litigation, is also recommended; he has argued in the US Supreme Court and several federal courts of appeals.

Practice head(s):

Lisa Blatt

Other key lawyers:

Sarah HarrisAmy SahariaLuke McCloud

Testimonials

‘Williams and Connolly are super stars at the United States Supreme Court. I worked on a successful case with them this term. It was a great experience for my humble practice to work with attorneys who are at the top of Supreme Court practice.’

The firm has a superb Supreme Court practice in every respect.’

The work they did on my humble cases was extraordinary. The results, 9 to 0 reversal by the Supreme Court for my clients was wonderful.’

‘Lisa Blatt and I connected for Williams and Connolly to represent my clients at the US Supreme Court. I enjoyed talking and dealing with Lisa. She and I connected with the case but we were able to get to know each other as individuals also.’

Sarah Harris and Lisa Blatt are outstanding. Sarah in particular is brilliant, incisive and collegial; she was a great pleasure to work with on the Supreme Court case in which I was preparing an amicus brief.

Amy Saharia knew the subject matter better than anyone. She was always available to discuss the case and bounce ideas on.’

Key clients

Lynn Goldsmith

Pfizer/Hospira

Travis Kalanick

Liberty Tax Service

Progrexion Holdings, Inc. and Lexington Law Firm

Bayer Pharmaceuticals

Medtronic Plc

Harbor Breeze Corp.

Former Bolivian President Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada and Minister of Defense José Carlos Sánchez Berzaín

Bank President Harry Calcutt

CVS Health

GlaxoSmithKline LLC

Turning Point Brands

Willie Carr

Manfredo Salinas

Mahanoy Area School District

Jose Santos Sanchez and Sonia Gonzalez

Gregory Walters, Thomas Meyer, and Ray Trosclair

Erik Egbert

Carlos Concepcion

Rolls-Royce PLC

CVS Pharmacy, Inc.

Sulzer Mixpac AG

Travis Tuggle

AstraZeneca

Work highlights

  • Represented the respondents (Gregory Walters, Thomas Meyer, and Ray Trosclair) before the US Supreme Court in a case discussing whether federal courts have subject-matter jurisdiction to confirm or vacate an arbitration award under the Federal Arbitration Act, when the basis for jurisdiction is that the underlying dispute involved a federal question.
  • Scored a victory for the petitioners before the US Supreme Court in Carr v. Saul, which discussed whether claimants seeking disability benefits must raise Appointments Clause challenges to improperly appointed Social Security administrative law judges in order to preserve the issue for judicial review.
  • Successfully represented Pfizer subsidiary Hospira on appeal before the Second Circuit in a $300m commercial dispute brought by Apotex over a supply agreement.

WilmerHale

Acclaimed by some as ‘the best in the business‘, WilmerHale‘s premier appellate team is distinguished by its ‘exceptional legal writing and analysis‘. Appearing routinely before all Circuits, as well as the US Supreme Court, the team argued over 54 cases in 16 state and federal courts of appeals in 2021 — including four in the US Supreme Court. The group’s expertise covers the full gamut of industries and legal disciplines, with its recent cases spanning financial services, constitutional law, IP, civil rights and Native American law, among other issues. Former US Solicitor General Seth Waxman sits at the helm of the practice and has notched up more than 80 arguments before the US Supreme Court; he represents an impressively diverse stable of clients, including financial institutions, major corporations, universities and tribal governments. Department vice-chair Danielle Spinelli has a ‘great demeanor for appellate argument‘; she recently secured a SCOTUS victory for the City of Chicago in a landmark case discussing the Bankruptcy Code. In another precedent-setting Victory, Daniel Volchok paired up with Waxman to successfully represent Kenneth Humphrey before the California Supreme Court in a case considering bail reform. The department’s enviably deep bench also draws on the senior experience of Washington DC office head Catherine Carroll, Boston-based department vice-chair Mark Fleming and Thomas Saunders, who has a focus on IP-related cases. New York-based Alan Schoenfeld is an up-and-coming partner, who regularly represents clients at both the trial and appellate levels. Former department co-chair Paul Wolfson left to join the DOJ as Deputy Associate Attorney General. Named partners are based in Washington DC unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Seth Waxman

Testimonials

‘The team demonstrates exceptional legal writing and analysis.

‘Danielle Spinelli has a great demeanor for appellate argument.’

‘Best in the business, particularly Mark Fleming.’

Key clients

City of Chicago

Harvard College

Kenneth Humphrey

Becton, Dickinson and Company

Tower Research Capital

JPMorgan Chase

The Swatch Group and Omega SA

Spokane Tribe of Indians

JPMorgan Chase

Democratic National Committee

Catherine Lopena Torres

Tyler Jaxson; Gary Kirk; Larry Taylor

Work highlights

  • Scored a US Supreme Court victory for the City of Chicago in a case discussing the Bankruptcy Code’s automatic stay provision.
  • Successfully represented Harvard College in an appeal before the First Circuit regarding Harvard’s consideration of race in its admissions process to promote a diverse student body.
  • Successfully represented Kenneth Humphrey before the California Supreme Court in a landmark case considering bail reform.

Winston & Strawn LLP

Winston & Strawn LLP's appellate and critical motions practice is often involved in cases from the earliest stages of litigation, acting alongside the firm’s dominant trial practice to carry files from trial through to appeal. The group additionally leverages the wider firm’s broad dispute resolution offering to field niche strengths in several key areas, including class actions, securities fraud litigation, IP, white-collar criminal defense and product liability cases. Linda Coberly steers the practice out of Chicago; she led the US Supreme Court briefing for the firm’s successful representation of three classes of student athletes in their challenge to the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s ‘amateurism’ rules. Andrew Tauber, highlighted as a ‘first-rate appellate lawyer’, recently joined in Washington DC from Mayer Brown.

Practice head(s):

Linda Coberly

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Tauber; Matthew Carter 

Testimonials

Linda Coberly is one of the finest appellate lawyers in the country. She is able to form excellent teams to handle any appellate matter. She easily distills and synthesizes complex information to form a cohesive appellate strategy. She is able to articulate that strategy effectively at oral argument.’

Linda has built a top talent appellate group and she is not afraid to let them shine, which is a tremendous benefit to clients who want a “stable” of smart, passionate and committed lawyers working on their matters.

‘I have known Andrew Tauber for many years. During our long association, I have always admired Andrew’s tenaciousness, creativity, legal knowledge, and advocacy skills (both written and oral). In short, Andrew is a first-rate appellate lawyer.’

Key clients

United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS)

Hikma Pharmaceuticals USA Inc.

College football and basketball players

Medtronic

Factory Mutual Insurance

Soo Line Railroad Company

Medley Capital Corporation

Arthur J. Gallagher

Human Rights Campaign

BMO Harris Bank

CSX Transportation

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented student athletes against the National College Athletic Association (NCAA), when the US Supreme Court unanimously held that the NCAA’s restrictions on education-related benefits for student athletes were a violation of US antitrust laws.
  • Successfully represented the United Network for Organ Sharing in appeals related to the adoption of new policies for allocating livers and kidneys to the neediest transplant patients.
  • Represented Soo Line Railroad Company before the Seventh Circuit in successfully defending an appeal from a grant of summary judgment in a decades-old, multimillion-dollar dispute relating to environmental liabilities.