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  • Location:
    Columbus, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Columbia, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Environmental Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) Appellate Practice 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
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  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice
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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:
    First Amendment Law Bet-the-Company Litigation Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Antitrust Antitrust Law Corporate Law Litigation - Banking and Finance
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  • Location:
    Jackson, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Arbitration Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice Mediation
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Jay Anthony was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Jay Anthony

The Anthony Law Firm, P.A.
  • Location:
    Greenville, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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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:
    Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Providence, Rhode Island
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Bankruptcy Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law Appellate Practice
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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:
    Copyright Law Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Practice Areas:
    Land Use and Zoning Law Litigation - Municipal Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Jackson, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice Mediation Arbitration
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  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Litigation - Insurance
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  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Rockville, Maryland
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Hartford, Connecticut
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Louisville, Kentucky
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Labor and Employment Employment Law - Management Labor Law - Management Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Hartford, Connecticut
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Morgantown, West Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Labor and Employment Employment Law - Management Appellate Practice Labor Law - Management
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  • Location:
    Memphis, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Bet-the-Company Litigation Mediation Litigation - Securities Appellate Practice Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Jackson, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Litigation - Construction Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Miami, Florida Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions
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  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Appellate Practice Litigation - Securities Commercial Litigation Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants
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  • Location:
    St. Petersburg, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: General Practice Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Litigation - Intellectual Property Technology Law 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:
    Appellate Practice Antitrust Law Public Finance Law Bet-the-Company Litigation Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment Bet-the-Company Litigation Appellate Practice Media Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Montgomery, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Education Law Appellate Practice Bet-the-Company Litigation
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  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Labor and Employment Employment Law - Management Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Tucson, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Mediation Litigation - Real Estate Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Louisville, Kentucky
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - ERISA Litigation - Labor and Employment Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Columbia, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Insurance Law
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  • Location:
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Litigation - Securities
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  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Patent Commercial Litigation Technology Law Appellate Practice Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Antitrust Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Pittsford, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Bet-the-Company Litigation
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  • Location:
    Hartford, Connecticut
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
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  • Location:
    Lawrence, Kansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Appellate Practice Litigation - Trusts and Estates Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - First Amendment Criminal Defense: White-Collar Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Securities Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Bet-the-Company Litigation Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation Insurance Law
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  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Insurance Law 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:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Roseland, New Jersey
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice
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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:
    Litigation - First Amendment First Amendment Law Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Litigation - First Amendment Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Securities Appellate Practice Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants Commercial Litigation Litigation - Environmental Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants Litigation - Banking and Finance
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  • Location:
    Lexington, Kentucky
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice Litigation - Real Estate Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Litigation - Environmental
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Appellate Practice Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Commercial Litigation Litigation - ERISA Litigation - Labor and Employment Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law Bet-the-Company Litigation
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  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment Appellate Practice Insurance Law
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  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Appellate Practice Professional Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs
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  • Location:
    Fayetteville, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation Litigation - Bankruptcy Litigation - Real Estate Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
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  • Location:
    Bethesda, Maryland
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Employment Law - Management Criminal Defense: White-Collar Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Labor and Employment
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  • 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:
    Commercial Litigation Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Securities / Capital Markets Law Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Southfield, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Baltimore, Maryland
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Manchester, New Hampshire
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Insurance Bet-the-Company Litigation Insurance Law Appellate Practice
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Catherine R. Connors was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Catherine R. Connors

Pierce Atwood LLP
  • Location:
    Portland, Maine
  • Practice Areas:
    Administrative / Regulatory Law Land Use and Zoning Law Appellate Practice Civil Rights Law Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Energy Regulatory Law
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  • Location:
    Southfield, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Insurance Law
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  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Bet-the-Company Litigation Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Bet-the-Company Litigation
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  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Insurance Law
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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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  • Location:
    Lansing, Michigan
  • 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:
    Jackson, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Appellate Practice Bet-the-Company Litigation
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  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Antitrust Commercial Litigation Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Environmental Litigation - Intellectual Property Appellate Practice Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Diego, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Litigation - Patent
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  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Oil and Gas Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - Banking and Finance Appellate Practice Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) Litigation - Securities Bet-the-Company Litigation
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  • Location:
    Manchester, New Hampshire
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Corporate Compliance Law Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Richmond, Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - ERISA Insurance Law Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Securities Appellate Practice Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)
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  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Detroit, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law Administrative / Regulatory Law First Amendment Law Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Reno, Nevada
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Hartford, Connecticut
  • Practice Areas:
    Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Bridgeport, Connecticut
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Family Law
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  • Location:
    Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Jackson, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice Bet-the-Company Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
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  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Appellate Practice Litigation - Patent
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  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Morgantown, West Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Insurance Law Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
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  • Location:
    Jackson, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Labor and Employment Commercial Litigation Employment Law - Management Appellate Practice Labor Law - Management
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  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Bet-the-Company Litigation Appellate Practice Mediation Native American Law Media Law Litigation - First Amendment Gaming Law Arbitration Commercial Litigation Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Litigation - Antitrust
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  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Employment Law - Management Litigation - Labor and Employment Commercial Litigation Labor Law - Management
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  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Concord, New Hampshire
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar Litigation - Intellectual Property Appellate Practice Bet-the-Company Litigation 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 Appellate Practice Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Energy Law Utilities Law Administrative / Regulatory Law Litigation - Municipal Land Use and Zoning Law
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  • Location:
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Real Estate Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Chatham, New Jersey
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Memphis, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Litigation - First Amendment Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law
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  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Criminal Defense: General Practice Litigation - Environmental Bet-the-Company Litigation Arbitration Criminal Defense: White-Collar
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  • Location:
    Tampa, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Criminal Defense: General Practice Bet-the-Company Litigation Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Manchester, New Hampshire
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice Bet-the-Company Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
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  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
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  • Location:
    Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • 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
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  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Civil Rights Law Criminal Defense: General Practice
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  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Baltimore, Maryland
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Employment Law - Individuals Civil Rights Law Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Commercial Litigation Litigation - Labor and Employment Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    New Haven, Connecticut
  • Practice Areas:
    Art Law Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law Appellate Practice

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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.