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[An] esteemed appellate group with a wealth of experience practicing before the U.S. Supreme Court, state appellate courts and wider federal courts of appeals. - Chambers USA, 2019

When experience matters and performance is not optional, Kirkland delivers.

Kirkland’s appellate attorneys have extensive experience briefing and arguing high-stakes cases in the U.S. Supreme Court. The practice features former U.S. Solicitor General Paul Clement; Erin Murphy, who has been named one of the nation’s “Outstanding Women Lawyers”; and many other attorneys who have served as law clerks on the Supreme Court, the courts of appeals, and the district courts.

Extensive experience before the Supreme Court

Collectively, our attorneys have argued more than 150 Supreme Court cases spanning countless substantive areas. In the 2017 term alone, our lawyers argued 8 cases — 13 percent of the court’s docket — involving issues ranging from energy law to arbitration to bankruptcy to labor law to religious liberty.

Deep commitment to pro bono work

Our attorneys have secured landmark Supreme Court rulings for pro bono clients including criminal defendants, the Omaha Tribal Council, a class of disabled California prisoners, and the Little Sisters of the Poor. We regularly provide pro bono appellate representation to immigrants, criminal defendants, inmates, and nonprofit organizations.

#1 Firm for U.S. Supreme Court Wins

2018 Law Firm Scorecard, Law360

Kirkland’s lawyers have argued before the Supreme Court more during the last 10 terms than any other law firm.


Band 1 Nationwide Ranking: Appellate Law

Chambers USA, 2019