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Latham & Watkins LLP
WASHINGTON DC 20004-1304
United States
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Melissa Arbus Sherry is Deputy Managing Partner of the Washington, D.C. office of Latham & Watkins and a member of the Supreme Court & Appellate Practice. Ms. Sherry returned to Latham’s Washington, D.C. office in October 2014 after serving five years as an Assistant to the Solicitor General of the United States. In this role, Ms. Sherry represented the federal government before the Supreme Court and assisted in overseeing the government’s litigation in the federal appellate courts. Ms. Sherry has worked extensively with federal government agencies and various components within the Department of Justice.


Partner, Deputy Office Managing Partner


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United States > Dispute resolution > Appellate: courts of appeals / Appellate: supreme courts (states and federal)

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Clients instruct Latham & Watkins LLP’s team due to its ‘exceptional appellate expertise and service’. It handles a full scope of appellate issues at any procedural stage, including successful arguments, brief writing, and multiple successful filings and oppositions to certiorari petitions. The practice is noted for its litigation strategy analysis work at the pre-appeal phase. It handles high-stakes mandates in the trial courts and in regulatory agency proceedings and in doing so, it routinely collaborates with the firm’s trial teams in substantive areas of the law, most recently in relation to securities and tort law claims. Global appellate group lead Gregory Garre is a market-leading practitioner and former 44th Solicitor General; he is known for his standout track record in the US Supreme Court, where he has presented arguments in 45 cases. Reflective of Garre’s excellent advocacy skills, the team has become a part of an interesting trend over the past years; an increase in 5-4 voting and swing voting in the US Supreme Court. The group’s SCOTUS work can also be trend-reversing; Roman Martinez took the lead on striking a win for the plaintiff in Babb v Wilkie, achieving a 8-1 judgment with significant implications for age discrimination claims standing in contrast to the Court’s consistently stringent approach to the “but for” causation test in cases involving federal employment legislation. Having formerly served as Assistant to the Solicitor General, Martinez (‘a nationally recognized appellate attorney of exceptional talent’) re-joined the group in 2017 and has been growing his US Supreme Court practice ever since. The firm also houses another highly regarded former Assistant to the Solicitor General in Melissa Arbus Sherry, who is recommended for her ‘terrific oral advocate style and the ability to take quick, sound, sophisticated decisions’. Further, the team’s high-profile appearances before lower courts of appeal are equally impressive; Richard Bress successfully led the appellate efforts for Merck, Eli Lilly, and Amgen in a DC Circuit case noted for its significance in the area of drug pricing.