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Mayer Brown’s Leading Appellate Practice

Mayer Brown has a long track record of appellate victories—big and small—that advance our clients’ interests. But at Mayer Brown, appellate litigation isn’t just about winning cases. It’s about shaping the law. Through our work in the Supreme Court, Mayer Brown’s elite team of lawyers has transformed the legal environment. With a case that “turned the world of consumer class action law on its head” (Law360), we pioneered the use of arbitration to avoid inefficient consumer class actions (AT&T v. Concepcion). We convinced the Supreme Court to recognize constitutional limits on punitive damages (BMW v. Gore, Philip Morris v. Williams, and Honda v. Oberg). And in “the biggest securities-litigation court clash in a generation” (The Wall Street Journal), we snuffed out the theory of securities fraud “scheme liability” (Stoneridge v. Scientific-Atlanta).

Our impact has been just as far-reaching in the lower federal and state appellate courts. Among our recent successes, we convinced the Ninth Circuit to recognize important restrictions on class-action litigation (Mazza v. American Honda Motor). We won the invalidation of federal regulations prohibiting lobbyists from serving on federal advisory panels (Autor v. Pritzker). And we fended off an effort to impose a tort duty on businesses to make defibrillators available for customer use (Verdugo v. Target). For victories like these, Chambers USA calls our “stellar appellate practice” the “first port of call for many high-profile appeals.” And Legal 500 proclaims that our “team of superstars” brings to bear “top-level legal analysis and writing,” with “business understanding … woven into [our] advocacy.”

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