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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 Appellate Practice Energy Regulatory Law 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:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Antitrust Law Corporate Law Bet-the-Company Litigation First Amendment Law Litigation - Banking and Finance Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Antitrust Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Jackson, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Arbitration Mediation Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants
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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:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Greenville, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Criminal Defense: General Practice Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Fort Worth, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation
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Charles M. Auslander was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Charles M. Auslander

Crabtree & Auslander
  • Location:
    Key Biscayne, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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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:
    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
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Jackson, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation Mediation Arbitration
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  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Insurance Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • 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
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Louisville, Kentucky
  • Practice Areas:
    Employment Law - Management Appellate Practice Labor Law - Management Litigation - Labor and Employment
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  • Location:
    Hartford, Connecticut
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Morgantown, West Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Employment Law - Management Appellate Practice Labor Law - Management Litigation - Labor and Employment
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  • Location:
    Memphis, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Bet-the-Company Litigation Commercial Litigation Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Mediation Litigation - Securities Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Appellate Practice
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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 Bet-the-Company Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Jackson, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Appellate Practice Litigation - Construction Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • 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:
    Appellate Practice Criminal Defense: White-Collar
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  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants Litigation - Securities
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  • Location:
    St. Petersburg, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Criminal Defense: White-Collar Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: General Practice
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  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Technology Law Litigation - Intellectual Property 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 Commercial Litigation Public Finance Law Bet-the-Company Litigation Antitrust Law
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  • Location:
    Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - First Amendment Commercial Litigation Media Law Bet-the-Company Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Montgomery, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Education Law Bet-the-Company Litigation Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Labor and Employment Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation Employment Law - Management
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Tucson, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Mediation Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation Litigation - Real Estate Real Estate Law
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  • Location:
    Louisville, Kentucky
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Labor and Employment Litigation - ERISA Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Columbia, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice Bet-the-Company Litigation
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  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation
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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 Litigation - Intellectual Property Commercial Litigation Technology Law
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  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Pittsford, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Hartford, Connecticut
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice Criminal Defense: White-Collar Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - First Amendment
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  • Location:
    Lawrence, Kansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Trusts and Estates Commercial Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Appellate Practice
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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:
    Commercial Litigation Insurance Law Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Appellate Practice Bet-the-Company Litigation
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  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Appellate Practice Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
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  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    St. Louis, Missouri
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Roseland, New Jersey
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Fort Worth, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Concord, New Hampshire
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Appellate Practice Litigation - First Amendment
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  • Location:
    Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - First Amendment Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Banking and Finance Litigation - Environmental Appellate Practice Litigation - Securities Commercial Litigation Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Lexington, Kentucky
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Environmental Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Appellate Practice Litigation - Real Estate Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - ERISA Litigation - Labor and Employment Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Litigation - First Amendment Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Professional Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Fayetteville, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Real Estate Commercial Litigation Litigation - Bankruptcy Appellate Practice Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Bethesda, Maryland
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Labor and Employment Bet-the-Company Litigation Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar Employment Law - Management
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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:
    Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation Securities / Capital Markets Law
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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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Catherine R. Connors was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Catherine R. Connors

Pierce Atwood LLP
  • Location:
    Portland, Maine
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Civil Rights Law Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Administrative / Regulatory Law Land Use and Zoning 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:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Appellate Practice Insurance Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Bet-the-Company Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar 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:
    Lansing, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • 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:
    Appellate Practice Litigation - Environmental Litigation - First Amendment Commercial Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) Litigation - Antitrust
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Diego, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Litigation - Patent
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  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Securities Oil and Gas Law Appellate Practice Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) Bet-the-Company Litigation Commercial Litigation Litigation - Banking and Finance
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Manchester, New Hampshire
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Compliance Law Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Richmond, Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Insurance Law Litigation - ERISA
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  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) Commercial Litigation Litigation - Securities Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Detroit, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Appellate Practice Civil Rights Law Administrative / Regulatory Law Commercial Litigation
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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
Lawyer
  • 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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Jocelyn C. Drennan was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Jocelyn C. Drennan

Rodey, Dickason, Sloan, Akin, & Robb P.A.
  • Location:
    Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Jackson, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Bet-the-Company Litigation Appellate Practice
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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
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Morgantown, West Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Insurance Law
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  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Jackson, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Labor and Employment Employment Law - Management Appellate Practice Labor Law - Management
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  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
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  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Gaming Law Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Native American Law Media Law Litigation - First Amendment Commercial Litigation Litigation - Antitrust Mediation Litigation - Intellectual Property Appellate Practice Arbitration Bet-the-Company Litigation
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  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Labor Law - Management Employment Law - Management Appellate Practice Litigation - Labor and Employment
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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:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Litigation - Intellectual Property Appellate Practice Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Okemos, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Land Use and Zoning Law Energy Law Utilities Law Administrative / Regulatory Law Appellate Practice Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Litigation - Municipal Municipal Law
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  • 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
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  • Location:
    Memphis, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Litigation - First Amendment Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Arbitration Criminal Defense: General Practice Appellate Practice Criminal Defense: White-Collar Litigation - Environmental
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  • Location:
    Tampa, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Criminal Defense: General Practice Criminal Defense: White-Collar Bet-the-Company Litigation
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  • Location:
    Manchester, New Hampshire
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice
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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
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:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Criminal Defense: General Practice Civil Rights Law
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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
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Baltimore, Maryland
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Litigation - Labor and Employment Civil Rights Law Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Employment Law - Individuals
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New Haven, Connecticut
  • Practice Areas:
    Art Law Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation 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.