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Meet the team

Judges agree that appellate service requires skills far different from those at the trial level. The objectives and audience are different, and the time frame much tighter—sometimes just minutes—compared to the days and weeks of preparation for trial.

By concentrating on appeals, our appellate lawyers can provide experienced, high-quality and cost-effective appellate legal services. This is a coordinated group with the resources of a large, diverse firm available to it.

We deliver

Our appellate team has experience at all levels in federal and state court. Collectively, the team has members admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court, every federal circuit court of appeals and state appellate courts across the country.

Members of the firm's appellate team have argued six cases before the US Supreme Court, served as counsel on the merits in more than a dozen cases argued before the Court and filed numerous petitions for certiorari, oppositions to petitions and amicus curiae briefs. The group's service spans the gamut of substantive and procedural civil law.

By working closely with the trial teams, our appellate team is primed to handle any appeal that later arises with minimal transition, both in terms of time and expense. This partnering effort has worked well over the years, especially in complex cases involving multiple and inter-related legal issues and difficult legal strategies.

Our appellate group is structured for optimum cost effectiveness. Senior lawyers supervise each case and delegate tasks to associates with the appropriate skill levels and experience.

Many of our appellate lawyers concentrate in various areas of the law, giving them a quick grasp of the issues in appellate matters. Members of the appellate team constantly share information through meetings and moot courts, so that every client benefits from the group's collective experience.

Finally, our appellate team uses technology to control costs and gain a competitive edge. The firm's sophisticated computer network integrates each of its locations and provides access to computer research services. Combined with the latest software and web applications, our infrastructure allows the group to instantly access the firm's legal briefings from prior cases and store trial transcripts and exhibits for immediate retrieval, saving time and money.

Skilled trial representation is only part of the equation. To ensure that our clients' litigation needs are fully covered, it is important to think past the trial before it even begins to the likely appeal. With a team of proven lawyers focusing their services in this critical and very distinct area of the law, the Supreme Court and appellate team are an essential component in any litigation strategy. That is why companies and individuals facing litigation should turn to us.

Our areas of work include:

  • admiralty
  • antitrust
  • civil rights
  • commercial
  • constitutional
  • contracts
  • defamation
  • employment
  • energy and utilities
  • environmental
  • family law
  • healthcare
  • insurance
  • intellectual property
  • personal injury
  • products liability
  • professional liability
  • oil and gas
  • pharmaceuticals and life science
  • project finance
  • real estate
  • securities
  • white collar crime
  • wills
  • workers’ compensation

In connection with the firm's diverse and sophisticated litigation team, our appellate group also has developed substantial experience in complex litigation, including class actions and mass torts.

Our recent work

The heart of our appellate team is, of course, handling appeals. But our appellate work includes more than that. Trial judges, lawyers and clients agree that there also is great benefit in having an appellate lawyer assisting at trial—especially in tough venues where error preservation takes on heightened importance.

Our appellate team knows the substantive law, understands the rules and procedures and can quickly absorb the scientific, technical and other specialized aspects of complex cases. By being an integral part of the trial team, our appellate lawyers are also best positioned to handle appellate emergencies that often arise, because, in trial, time is always of the essence. Our team is able to assist our clients with:

  • handling temporary injunctions, certification matters and other complex evidentiary hearings
  • researching and analyzing difficult legal issues
  • seeking or resisting sanctions, particularly in discovery matters
  • preparing or responding to motions to exclude expert testimony
  • preparing or responding to motions for summary judgment and other dispositive motions
  • monitoring a trial to assist in preserving appellate complaints, particularly when the case poses a high risk of an adverse jury verdict
  • preparing trial briefs
  • preparing the court's charge and attending the charge conference at trial
  • preparing or responding to post-trial motions
  • handling mandamus actions or interlocutory appeals prior to trial

By working closely with the trial teams, our appellate team is primed to handle any appeal that later arises with minimal transition, both in terms of time and expense. This partnering effort has worked well over the years, especially in complex cases involving multiple and inter-related legal issues and difficult legal strategies.

Awards and accolades

  • Best Law Firms, Tier 1 national rankings for the following litigation categories: antitrust, appellate bankruptcy, general commercial, environmental, ERISA, intellectual property, mass tort/class actions – defendants, and patent, US News & World Report and Best Lawyers, 2017
  • Chambers USA, Texas: Litigation: General Commercial, Chambers & Partners, 2016