Our attorneys regularly handle appeals in federal and state appellate courts across the United States. We have successfully pursued or defended appeals in virtually all areas of substantive law and procedure.
Our Appellate Group handles all manner of appeals in federal and state appellate courts across the country, including the U.S. Supreme Court. Its experience encompasses civil, commercial, and criminal appeals in virtually every area of law; appeals from verdicts, dismissal orders, and pre-trial rulings; “bet the company” cases; and numerous cases involving novel or unsettled legal issues. Clients often retain us to handle the appeal of a case tried by another firm or to prepare and file amicus briefs. In every appellate matter, we bring creative thinking and well-honed skills that result in compelling written and oral advocacy.
Our attorneys are admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court and numerous federal and state courts of appeal. Dozens of attorneys have held clerkships for federal and state appellate judges, and scores have served as editors of law reviews and legal journals.
Clients benefit from the team's extensive appellate experience and knowledge of the procedural rules unique to appellate practice. The team includes a former state Supreme Court justice who provides valuable insights about the expectations of appellate court judges. The depth of our experience enables us to formulate the most effective strategy specific to each appeal.
Our attorneys dissect factually complex cases by reviewing the record and distilling evidence; they creatively analyze and frame the legal issues; and they draft briefs and present argument, with clarity and persuasion, before appellate courts across the country. They are also adept at persuading appellate courts to exercise their discretionary review powers to agree to accept appeals.
Roots in Litigation
The appellate practice is firmly rooted in Ballard Spahr's highly regarded litigation practice. Often our appellate lawyers strategize with trial counsel during pre-trial, trial, and post-trial phases to assess potential outcomes and identify and preserve issues that enhance the likelihood of appellate success.