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  • Location:
    Columbus, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Communications Law Appellate Practice First Amendment Law Litigation - First Amendment
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  • Location:
    Columbia, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Energy Regulatory Law Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) Litigation - Environmental
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  • Location:
    Huntsville, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Appellate Practice Litigation - Antitrust Litigation - Real Estate Litigation - First Amendment Commercial Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
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  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Jackson, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Mediation Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants Arbitration
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  • Location:
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Insurance Law Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
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  • Location:
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Antitrust Litigation - Banking and Finance Appellate Practice Corporate Law First Amendment Law Antitrust Law Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - First Amendment
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  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice Bet-the-Company Litigation
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  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
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  • Location:
    Fort Worth, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Providence, Rhode Island
  • Practice Areas:
    Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law Appellate Practice Litigation - Bankruptcy
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    New Haven, Connecticut
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Copyright Law
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  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Jackson, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Mediation Arbitration Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Hartford, Connecticut
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Louisville, Kentucky
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Employment Law - Management Litigation - Labor and Employment Labor Law - Management
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  • Location:
    Hartford, Connecticut
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Morgantown, West Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Employment Law - Management Labor Law - Management Litigation - Labor and Employment
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  • Location:
    Memphis, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Mediation Appellate Practice Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Commercial Litigation Litigation - Securities Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
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  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Jackson, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Litigation - Construction
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Litigation - Land Use and Zoning
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Lawyer
  • Location:
    St. Petersburg, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    San Diego, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Real Estate Litigation - Intellectual Property Appellate Practice Litigation - Labor and Employment
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar Appellate Practice Criminal Defense: General Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Technology Law Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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David Boies was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

David Boies

Boies Schiller Flexner LLP
  • Location:
    Armonk, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice Antitrust Law Public Finance Law Bet-the-Company Litigation
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  • Location:
    Tampa, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property Bet-the-Company Litigation Appellate Practice Media Law Litigation - First Amendment
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  • Location:
    Montgomery, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Education Law Appellate Practice Bet-the-Company Litigation Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation Employment Law - Management Litigation - Labor and Employment
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  • Location:
    Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Tucson, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation Litigation - Real Estate Real Estate Law
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  • Location:
    Louisville, Kentucky
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Litigation - Labor and Employment Litigation - ERISA Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Columbia, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice Bet-the-Company Litigation
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  • Location:
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Litigation - Securities
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  • Location:
    Hartford, Connecticut
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law Litigation - Bankruptcy Bet-the-Company Litigation
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  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Litigation - Antitrust Litigation - Patent Litigation - First Amendment Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property Commercial Litigation Technology Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law
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  • Location:
    Pittsford, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Hartford, Connecticut
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Securities Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Appellate Practice Criminal Defense: White-Collar Litigation - First Amendment Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Lawrence, Kansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice Litigation - Trusts and Estates
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  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Insurance Law Appellate Practice Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Bet-the-Company Litigation
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  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Appellate Practice Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
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  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    St. Louis, Missouri
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Roseland, New Jersey
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Fort Worth, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Concord, New Hampshire
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Appellate Practice Litigation - First Amendment
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  • Location:
    Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation Litigation - First Amendment
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants Litigation - Banking and Finance Appellate Practice Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Securities Commercial Litigation Litigation - Environmental Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants
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  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Securities Antitrust Law Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Antitrust Litigation - Patent Litigation - Intellectual Property Commercial Litigation Litigation - ERISA Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Lexington, Kentucky
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Environmental Appellate Practice Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Litigation - Real Estate Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law Appellate Practice Bet-the-Company Litigation Commercial Litigation Litigation - ERISA Litigation - Labor and Employment Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Litigation - First Amendment Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Fayetteville, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Workers' Compensation Law - Employers Litigation - Real Estate Litigation - Bankruptcy Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Bethesda, Maryland
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Labor and Employment Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation Securities / Capital Markets Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Manchester, New Hampshire
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Appellate Practice
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Catherine R. Connors was awarded 2019 "Lawyer of the Year" in Elasticsearch.PracticeArea

Catherine R. Connors

Pierce Atwood LLP
  • Location:
    Portland, Maine
  • Practice Areas:
    Administrative / Regulatory Law Civil Rights Law Appellate Practice Land Use and Zoning Law Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Energy Regulatory Law Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
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  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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John G. Crabtree was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

John G. Crabtree

Crabtree & Auslander
  • Location:
    Key Biscayne, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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Timothy Cullen was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Timothy Cullen

Cullen & Company, PLLC
  • Location:
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Columbia, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Jackson, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Bet-the-Company Litigation Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Antitrust Litigation - Environmental Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Diego, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Patent Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Detroit, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Securities Litigation - Banking and Finance Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) Bet-the-Company Litigation Oil and Gas Law
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Richmond, Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Litigation - ERISA Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) Litigation - Securities Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation Civil Rights Law Administrative / Regulatory Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Reno, Nevada
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Bridgeport, Connecticut
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Family Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Jackson, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Bet-the-Company Litigation Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Patent
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Appellate Practice Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - First Amendment Native American Law Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Arbitration Bet-the-Company Litigation Media Law Litigation - Antitrust Appellate Practice Gaming Law Mediation Litigation - Intellectual Property
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Labor Law - Management Litigation - Labor and Employment Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice Employment Law - Management
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  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar Appellate Practice Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Okemos, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Municipal Law Energy Law Land Use and Zoning Law Appellate Practice Litigation - Municipal Administrative / Regulatory Law Litigation - Land Use and Zoning
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  • Location:
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation Litigation - Real Estate
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Chatham, New Jersey
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Memphis, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Litigation - First Amendment Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Labor and Employment Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation Corporate Compliance Law Litigation - Securities Corporate Governance Law
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  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: General Practice Arbitration Appellate Practice Criminal Defense: White-Collar Litigation - Environmental Bet-the-Company Litigation
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  • Location:
    Manchester, New Hampshire
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice Bet-the-Company Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation
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  • Location:
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
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  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Energy Law Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: General Practice Civil Rights Law Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New Haven, Connecticut
  • Practice Areas:
    Art Law Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Civil Rights Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Appellate Practice Litigation - Construction Commercial Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Education Law Construction Law Litigation - Environmental Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    St. Louis, Missouri
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Eugene, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Administrative / Regulatory Law Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Litigation - Construction Construction Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Greenville, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Labor Law - Management Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice Employment Law - Management Litigation - Labor and Employment
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Tallahassee, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Manchester, New Hampshire
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice Bet-the-Company Litigation

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Practice Area Definition

Appellate Practice Definition

Appellate practice involves different skills and strategic considerations than trial practice. On appeal, the focus shifts from developing and proving facts (through discovery, examining witnesses, and trial) to the legal issues that decide the case. Effective appellate advocacy thus demands a formulation of the issues that is focused on what is important to a panel of appellate judges deciding the case.

In formulating the issues on appeal, an appellate lawyer conducts thorough legal research; analyzes the legal issues in light of the rule-making and policy considerations that shape the development of law; and then presents the facts and those issues and arguments selected for appeal concisely in a persuasive appellate brief.

The importance of a well-crafted appellate brief cannot be exaggerated. Appellate briefs receive greater judicial scrutiny than written materials prepared at trial because they are reviewed by a panel of judges, rather than a single judge, along with those judges’ larger legal staff, under comparatively less time pressure than exists in the trial court. As one appellate court has explained, appellate work is “most assuredly not the recycling of trial level points and authorities” but instead “entails rigorous original work in its own right” and “offers counsel probably their best opportunity to craft work of original, professional, and, on occasion, literary value.” In re Marriage of Shaban, 88 Cal. App. 4th 398, 408-10 (2001). 

After the appellate briefing, oral argument is an opportunity to engage in a dialogue with the appellate judges regarding the issues in the case. To be effective, appellate oral advocacy must be keyed to the unique concerns of the appellate forum – avoiding emotional or fact-based pleas that may play well before a jury, but instead focusing on the dispositive legal issues, being sure to answer the judges’ questions. 

In addition to the practice in the appellate courts, appellate lawyers play important roles in the trial courts. Appellate lawyers collaborate with trial counsel on strategic and tactical matters to raise all applicable arguments and make the appropriate trial record, identifying and preserving legal issues as they arise and crafting effective motions on substantive legal issues – before, during, and after trial. 

Therefore, involving an appellate lawyer in a case as early as possible is important to ensure the best chance of success both at trial and on appeal.

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Appellate practice involves different skills and strategic considerations than trial practice. On appeal, the focus shifts from developing and proving facts (through discovery, examining witnesses, and trial) to the legal issues that decide the case. Effective appellate advocacy thus demands a formulation of the issues that is focused on what is important to a panel of appellate judges deciding the case.

In formulating the issues on appeal, an appellate lawyer conducts thorough legal research; analyzes the legal issues in light of the rule-making and policy considerations that shape the development of law; and then presents the facts and those issues and arguments selected for appeal concisely in a persuasive appellate brief.

The importance of a well-crafted appellate brief cannot be exaggerated. Appellate briefs receive greater judicial scrutiny than written materials prepared at trial because they are reviewed by a panel of judges, rather than a single judge, along with those judges’ larger legal staff, under comparatively less time pressure than exists in the trial court. As one appellate court has explained, appellate work is “most assuredly not the recycling of trial level points and authorities” but instead “entails rigorous original work in its own right” and “offers counsel probably their best opportunity to craft work of original, professional, and, on occasion, literary value.” In re Marriage of Shaban, 88 Cal. App. 4th 398, 408-10 (2001). 

After the appellate briefing, oral argument is an opportunity to engage in a dialogue with the appellate judges regarding the issues in the case. To be effective, appellate oral advocacy must be keyed to the unique concerns of the appellate forum – avoiding emotional or fact-based pleas that may play well before a jury, but instead focusing on the dispositive legal issues, being sure to answer the judges’ questions. 

In addition to the practice in the appellate courts, appellate lawyers play important roles in the trial courts. Appellate lawyers collaborate with trial counsel on strategic and tactical matters to raise all applicable arguments and make the appropriate trial record, identifying and preserving legal issues as they arise and crafting effective motions on substantive legal issues – before, during, and after trial. 

Therefore, involving an appellate lawyer in a case as early as possible is important to ensure the best chance of success both at trial and on appeal.