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McDermott Will & Emery LLP
WASHINGTON, DC 20001-1531
United States
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Appellate Law/Trial


Partner Paul Hughes is co-chair of the Firm’s Supreme Court and Appellate Practice Group. He briefs and argues complex appeals, and he develops legal strategy for trial litigation.

An experienced appellate lawyer, Paul has argued eight times at the US Supreme Court, including in February, March, October, and December 2019, and March 2020. He has argued more than 40 cases, including before en banc sittings of the Fifth, Ninth, and Tenth Circuits, and before panels of the First, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh, DC, and Federal Circuits.

Paul works across substantive areas of law. He frequently litigates challenges to administrative agency action, especially with respect to immigration, the life sciences industry, and taxation. In 2018, Law360 named Paul an “MVP” for his intellectual property work before the Federal Circuit. Paul also has deep experience with the False Claims Act, bankruptcy, civil rights, and securities law.

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Yale Law School, visiting clinical lecturer in law, 2015 to present

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

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In the two years since its launch in 2019, McDermott Will & Emery LLP has been growing its presence in multiple federal courts of appeal. In a recent high-profile victory at the Eight Circuit, the team represented the Pharmaceutical Care Management Association in an ERISA case which is currently being considered by the US Supreme Court. The practice has a strong record at the SCOTUS as well; it scored a recent victory on behalf of the petitioner in Nasrallah v Barr, a case centering around interpretation of the interaction between the Immigration and Nationality Act, and the International Convention Against Torture. Department co-heads Paul Hughes and Michael Kimberly are both highly recommended by peers and clients alike, which praise them for their ‘unique team dynamic that plays off each of their strengths’.