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  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Communications Law Appellate Practice Litigation - First Amendment
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  • Location:
    Columbus, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Columbia, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Environmental Appellate Practice Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) Energy Regulatory Law
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  • Location:
    Huntsville, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Appellate Practice Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law First Amendment Law Litigation - Antitrust Litigation - Banking and Finance Antitrust Law Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - First Amendment
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  • Location:
    Jackson, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants Mediation Arbitration
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  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
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  • Location:
    Providence, Rhode Island
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Litigation - Bankruptcy Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
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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:
    Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation Mediation Arbitration
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  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Hartford, Connecticut
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Louisville, Kentucky
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Employment Law - Management Litigation - Labor and Employment Labor Law - Management
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Hartford, Connecticut
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Morgantown, West Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Labor Law - Management Employment Law - Management Appellate Practice Litigation - Labor and Employment
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  • Location:
    Memphis, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Appellate Practice Bet-the-Company Litigation Mediation Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Commercial Litigation Litigation - Securities Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Legal 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:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Environmental Appellate Practice Government Contracts Antitrust Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - Insurance Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Antitrust
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Criminal Defense: White-Collar
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  • Location:
    San Diego, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Litigation - Labor and Employment Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Real Estate
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar Appellate Practice Criminal Defense: General Practice
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  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property
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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:
    Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation Antitrust Law Public Finance Law Bet-the-Company Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Tampa, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice Media Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Bet-the-Company Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Montgomery, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Education Law Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Labor and Employment Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation Employment Law - Management
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  • Location:
    Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Tucson, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Louisville, Kentucky
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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James E. Brenner was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

James E. Brenner

Clark Hill PLC
  • Location:
    Detroit, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - ERISA Appellate Practice Litigation - Labor and Employment
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Columbia, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Litigation - Securities
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Hartford, Connecticut
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law Litigation - Bankruptcy
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Antitrust Commercial Litigation Technology Law Litigation - Patent Appellate Practice Litigation - First Amendment
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Pittsford, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Hartford, Connecticut
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
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  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Securities Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - First Amendment
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Lawrence, Kansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Trusts and Estates Appellate Practice Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
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  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice Bet-the-Company Litigation
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  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Insurance Law Appellate Practice
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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
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - First Amendment Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Securities Litigation - Banking and Finance Commercial Litigation Litigation - Environmental Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants Appellate Practice Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Antitrust Commercial Litigation Litigation - ERISA Litigation - Securities Litigation - Patent Antitrust Law Bet-the-Company Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Lexington, Kentucky
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Litigation - Environmental Appellate Practice Litigation - Real Estate
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law Appellate Practice Bet-the-Company Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Litigation - ERISA Litigation - Labor and Employment
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Litigation - First Amendment Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Fayetteville, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Bankruptcy Workers' Compensation Law - Employers Appellate Practice Litigation - Real Estate
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Bethesda, Maryland
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Labor and Employment Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company 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
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Securities / Capital Markets Law Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Manchester, New Hampshire
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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Catherine R. Connors was awarded 2018 "Lawyer of the Year" in Elasticsearch.PracticeArea

Catherine R. Connors

Pierce Atwood LLP
  • Location:
    Portland, Maine
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law Appellate Practice Administrative / Regulatory Law Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Land Use and Zoning Law Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Energy Regulatory Law
Lawyer
  • 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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  • Location:
    Columbia, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Jackson, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Litigation - Antitrust Commercial Litigation Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) Litigation - Environmental
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Diego, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Litigation - Patent
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Detroit, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Oil and Gas Law Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) Litigation - Securities Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Richmond, Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Litigation - ERISA Insurance Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) Litigation - Securities
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Reno, Nevada
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation
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:
    Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice Bet-the-Company Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Patent Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Appellate Practice Bet-the-Company Litigation Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Native American Law Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Gaming Law Commercial Litigation Mediation Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Intellectual Property Arbitration Appellate Practice Bet-the-Company Litigation Media Law Litigation - Antitrust
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar 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:
    Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Land Use and Zoning Law Energy Law Administrative / Regulatory Law Appellate Practice Municipal Law Litigation - Municipal
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation Litigation - Real Estate
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Chatham, New Jersey
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Memphis, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation Litigation - Labor and Employment Corporate Governance Law Corporate Compliance Law Litigation - Securities
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  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Litigation - Environmental Criminal Defense: General Practice Arbitration Appellate Practice 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
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  • Location:
    Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Bet-the-Company Litigation Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • 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:
    Civil Rights Law Appellate Practice Criminal Defense: General 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:
    New Haven, Connecticut
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Civil Rights Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants Construction Law Litigation - Environmental Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Appellate Practice Litigation - Construction Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
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  • 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:
    Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation Administrative / Regulatory Law
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  • Location:
    Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Litigation - Construction Construction Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Greenville, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Labor and Employment Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation Labor Law - Management Employment Law - Management
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Tallahassee, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Manchester, New Hampshire
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Bet-the-Company Litigation Commercial Litigation
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Stephen E. Glazek was awarded 2018 "Lawyer of the Year" in Elasticsearch.PracticeArea

Stephen E. Glazek

Barris, Sott, Denn & Driker, P.L.L.C
  • Location:
    Detroit, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Appellate Practice Litigation - Real Estate
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  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Florham Park, New Jersey
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Jackson, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Energy Law Oil and Gas Law Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Natural Resources Law Banking and Finance Law Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Columbus, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Albany, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Billings, Montana
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants Securities / Capital Markets Law Litigation - Antitrust Litigation - Banking and Finance Appellate Practice Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Construction

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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.