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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


Lawyer Rankings

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

Praised by clients for ‘providing the highest level of service’, Latham & Watkins LLP is ‘top-notch across the board‘, boasting a stable of appellate lawyers including multiple practitioners with prior experience working at the US Office of the Solicitor General. Practice head and former US Solicitor General Gregory Garre has presented arguments in 44 cases before the US Supreme Court; he has a remarkable track record of success in cases that are perceived to split the justices ideologically, having scored more 5-4 victories than any other appellate practitioner in recent years. In just one recent example, Garre presented a winning argument on behalf of the State of Florida in a landmark Supreme Court original action against the State of Georgia over water rights in the Southeast United States. Roman Martinez is noted as ‘an outstanding and effective’ brief writer, having filed over 70 briefs with the US Supreme Court. The team is also noted for its work on cutting-edge issues. Barr v American Association of Political Consultants Inc. is one such example, where the group is acting for the respondent in a dispute seeking to establish whether the First Amendment’s free speech clause precludes an application of the 1991 Telephone Consumer Protection Act’s ban on robocalls to cellphones. Richard Bress also stands out in First Amendment claims; in American Beverage Association v City of San Francisco, he persuaded the Ninth Circuit, sitting en banc, to strike down San Francisco’s measure requiring warning labels for sugary beverages. Melissa Arbus Sherry is also a key figure in the team; she scored a recent victory for Ferrellgas Partners in shareholder class action proceedings at the Second Circuit. In July 2019, Scott Ballenger left the partnership to pursue an academic career at the University of Virginia.