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  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Communications Law Litigation - First Amendment First Amendment Law
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  • Location:
    Columbus, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Columbia, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Energy Regulatory Law Litigation - Environmental Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)
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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:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Litigation - Real Estate Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation Litigation - Antitrust Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - First Amendment
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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:
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Antitrust Corporate Law Litigation - Banking and Finance Commercial Litigation First Amendment Law Bet-the-Company Litigation Antitrust Law Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Jackson, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Arbitration Appellate Practice Mediation Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants
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  • Location:
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Insurance Law
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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:
    Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law Litigation - Bankruptcy 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:
    Appellate Practice Copyright Law
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  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Jackson, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Mediation Commercial Litigation Arbitration
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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:
    Employment Law - Management Appellate Practice 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 Litigation - Labor and Employment Labor Law - Management
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  • Location:
    Memphis, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Mediation Litigation - Securities Appellate Practice Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Commercial Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law - 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 Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Jackson, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Litigation - Construction Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Litigation - Land Use and Zoning
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  • Location:
    Miami, Florida Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Securities
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  • Location:
    St. Petersburg, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    San Diego, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Real Estate Appellate Practice Litigation - Labor and Employment Litigation - Intellectual Property
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: General Practice Criminal Defense: White-Collar
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  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation Technology Law
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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
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Commercial Litigation Litigation - First Amendment Appellate Practice Media Law Litigation - Intellectual Property
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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 Litigation - Labor and Employment Employment Law - Management Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Tucson, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Real Estate Law Litigation - Real Estate 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:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Columbia, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation
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  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Litigation - Securities
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  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Antitrust Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Patent Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation Technology Law Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • 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:
    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:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Commercial Litigation Litigation - First Amendment Appellate Practice Bet-the-Company 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:
    Insurance Law Appellate Practice Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Bet-the-Company Litigation Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Appellate Practice Insurance Law
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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:
    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:
    First Amendment Law Litigation - First Amendment Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Environmental Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants Litigation - Banking and Finance Appellate Practice Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Securities Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants
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  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Securities Litigation - Patent Litigation - Intellectual Property Antitrust Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - Antitrust Litigation - ERISA Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Lexington, Kentucky
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Litigation - Environmental Commercial Litigation Litigation - Real Estate Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law Appellate Practice Bet-the-Company Litigation Commercial Litigation Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Litigation - ERISA Litigation - Labor and Employment
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  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment Insurance Law Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
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  • Location:
    Fayetteville, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Litigation - Bankruptcy Litigation - Real Estate Workers' Compensation Law - Employers Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Bethesda, Maryland
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Labor and Employment Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice Bet-the-Company Litigation
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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
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  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Securities / Capital Markets Law Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • 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:
    Appellate Practice Bet-the-Company Litigation
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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:
    Appellate Practice Administrative / Regulatory Law Land Use and Zoning Law Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Energy Regulatory Law Civil Rights Law Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
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  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • 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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  • 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:
    Columbia, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Jackson, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Bet-the-Company Litigation Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Environmental Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) Litigation - Antitrust Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • 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:
    Detroit, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) Oil and Gas Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - Banking and Finance Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Securities
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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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:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Civil Rights Law Administrative / Regulatory Law Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Reno, Nevada
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation
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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:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • 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:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation
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  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Gaming Law Arbitration Bet-the-Company Litigation Commercial Litigation Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Litigation - Antitrust Native American Law Media Law Appellate Practice Mediation Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - First Amendment
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  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Labor and Employment Commercial Litigation Labor Law - Management 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:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice Criminal Defense: White-Collar
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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 Administrative / Regulatory Law Litigation - Municipal Land Use and Zoning Law Appellate Practice Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Energy Law
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  • Location:
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Litigation - Real Estate Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Chatham, New Jersey
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Criminal Defense: White-Collar
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  • Location:
    Memphis, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Appellate Practice Litigation - First Amendment
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  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Appellate Practice Litigation - Environmental Criminal Defense: General Practice Bet-the-Company Litigation Arbitration
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  • Location:
    Tampa, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Appellate Practice Bet-the-Company Litigation Criminal Defense: General Practice
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  • Location:
    Manchester, New Hampshire
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Bet-the-Company Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Commercial Litigation
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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:
    Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation
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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:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Criminal Defense: White-Collar
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  • Location:
    New Haven, Connecticut
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Art Law
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  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Civil Rights Law
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  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Education Law Appellate Practice Construction Law Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Bet-the-Company Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Litigation - Construction Litigation - Environmental Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants
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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:
    Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Litigation - Construction Construction Law
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  • Location:
    Greenville, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Labor Law - Management Commercial Litigation Litigation - Labor and Employment Appellate Practice Employment Law - Management
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  • Location:
    Tallahassee, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Employment Law - Individuals Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Manchester, New Hampshire
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation
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  • Location:
    Detroit, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Litigation - Real Estate Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
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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.