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Nature of Practice

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 argument.

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.

 
 
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