Many of the cases handled by the Supreme Court and Appellate Practice Group are in the Supreme
Court of the United States. Our work at this level includes briefing and arguing cases on the merits,
petitioning for and opposing certiorari, and submitting amicus curiae briefs. We also advise clients
on the significance of Supreme Court cases and assist them in monitoring cases filed in the Court.
We frequently work as co-counsel with litigators at other law firms who seek assistance in handling
cases in the Supreme Court, ranging from help in drafting petitions and briefs to preparation for oral
Our practice group also represents parties and amici curiae in cases filed in federal courts of appeals
and state appellate and supreme courts throughout the United States. Work in these courts ranges
from briefing and arguing appeals to petitioning for discretionary review and assisting litigators with
appellate strategy issues.
In addition, our practice group assists in handling litigation in state and federal trial courts, where
we brief and argue legal issues on motions for limitation of discovery, dismissal of the complaint,
summary judgment, certification of class actions, and judgment as a matter of law, new trial,
remittitur, etc. This trial-level advocacy includes submissions before alternative dispute resolution
panels and litigation of constitutional questions pertaining to ADR procedures. We also work
closely with trial counsel in shaping legal issues and properly preserving the record necessary to
litigate those issues on appeal.
A final category of cases handled by the practice group calls for advocacy before the Department
of Justice (including the Solicitor Generalís Office, the Antitrust Division, the Civil Division, the
Criminal Division, and the various offices of the United States Attorneys), and before federal
administrative agencies (including the Federal Trade Commission, the Securities and Exchange
Commission, the Surface Transportation Board, the Department of Transportation, the
Environmental Protection Agency, and the federal banking agencies). We also have testified
repeatedly in Congress (in support of securities reform, amendments to the federal RICO statute,
federal banking legislation, the communications laws, and federal anti-bribery legislation) and have
advocated statutory reform before a number of state legislatures.