Our attorneys represent clients in high-stakes appeals in federal and state courts across the United States. Our successes include matters of first impression that span ERISA, federal fair housing, antitrust, truth-in-lending, and many other areas, with far-reaching effect.
Our Appellate Group handles appeals in federal and state appellate courts across the country, including the U.S. Supreme Court. Its experience encompasses all types of commercial, regulatory, tort, constitutional, and procedural issues, many of which are novel, unsettled, or potentially precedent setting. 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 advocacy.
Our attorneys are admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court and numerous federal and state courts of appeal. Dozens of attorneys have held judicial 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 collective knowledge of the complex procedural rules unique to appellate practice. The team includes a former state Supreme Court justice who provides valuable insights about the expectations of appellate and trial court judges. And our appellate attorneys are as accomplished in substantive analysis and advocacy as they are on appellate procedure. They dissect complex cases by reviewing the record and distilling evidence, they creatively analyze and frame the issues, and they draft briefs and present argument, with clarity and persuasion, before courts and other forums across the country.
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.