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Arnold & Porter
700 Louisiana Street, Suite 4000
Houston, Texas 77002-2755
United States

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United States > Dispute resolution > Appellate

Arnold & Porter’s appellate practice diverse experience. The group is acting for the State of Oklahoma in the highly publicized US Supreme Court’s case of Carpenter v Murphy, which poses the jurisdictional issue of whether the 1866 territorial boundaries of the Creek Nation within the former Indian Territory of eastern Oklahoma currently constitute an ‘Indian reservation’; the case was pending at the time of writing. The team argued for petitioner BNSF Railway Company in proceedings against respondent Michael Loos brought before the US Supreme Court, concerning interpretation of the frequently litigated Railroad Retirement Tax Act and its application to employment tax schemes for railroad workers. Securing a victory at the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, Stanton Jones and newly promoted partner Elisabeth Theodore handled the appellate aspects of the representation of the League of Women Voters in a case striking down Pennsylvania’s congressional map as an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander. At the Texas Court of Appeals, Reeves Anderson and Christopher Odell (based in Denver and Houston, respectively) led on appealing a divorce decree for client Miguel Zaragoza Fuentes. Counsel Anthony Franze and associate Sally Pei are also recommended. Deepening the firm’s appellate expertise at a junior level, four associates have joined the firm. Former practice chair Lisa Blatt departed to Williams & Connolly LLP. Sarah Harris accepted the position of deputy assistant attorney general within the Office of Legal Counsel.

United States > Industry focus > Transport: aviation and air travel - litigation

Arnold & Porter handles complex litigation, mass torts, product liability, and trade secret matters in the aviation arena. The team is particularly noted for its experience in litigation relating to aviation crisis incidents. In this context, Thad Dameris represented Airbus in consolidated litigation brought on behalf of 179 plaintiffs in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois arising from a mid-air upset involving Qantas Airways Flight 72. Dameris also represented Fairchild Controls Corporation in claims of personal injury alleged to be caused as a result of exposure to ‘bleed air’ that was alleged to be contaminated with harmful chemicals. Christopher Odell and David Weiner in Washington DC are also key figures. Dameris, Washington DC-based Kenneth Chernof and James Herschlein in New York jointly head the team. Named lawyers are based in Houston unless otherwise indicated.