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One of the premier appellate practices in the country

The Firm’s appellate attorneys have extensive experience briefing and arguing high-stakes cases in the United States Supreme Court, the federal courts of appeals, and state appellate courts. The practice features Paul Clement, Solicitor General of the United States from 2005 to 2008; Viet Dinh, former U.S. Assistant Attorney General; Christopher Landau, a former law clerk to both Justice Scalia and Justice Thomas; Michael McConnell, who served as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit; 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, the Firm’s attorneys have argued more than 150 Supreme Court cases spanning countless substantive areas. In the 2015 term alone, our lawyers argued 11 cases—15 percent of the court’s docket—involving issues ranging from energy law to arbitration to bankruptcy to labor law to religious liberty. The Firm’s appellate practice covers all aspects of Supreme Court litigation. 

A wealth of experience in the federal and state appellate courts

Our attorneys have handled high-stakes appeals in every federal court of appeals in the country and in myriad substantive areas, including antitrust, bankruptcy, class actions, copyright, criminal, education, employment, energy, environmental, ERISA, FDA, health care, labor, national security, patent, preemption, professional liability, RICO, securities, telecommunications, voting rights, and all manner of constitutional issues. 

The Firm’s attorneys also have considerable experience with patent appeals in the Federal Circuit, specialized administrative appeals in the D.C. Circuit, extraordinary petitions for mandamus, and petitions for interlocutory appeal under 28 U.S.C. § 1292(b) and Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23(f). 

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. The Firm also regularly provides pro bono appellate representation in the lower courts to immigrants, criminal defendants, inmates, and non-profit organizations. 

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