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  • Location:
    Columbus, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Columbia, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) Appellate Practice Energy Regulatory Law Litigation - Environmental
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  • Location:
    Huntsville, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    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:
    Jackson, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Mediation Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants Commercial Litigation Arbitration
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Jay Anthony was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Jay Anthony

Anthony Law
  • 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:
    Greenville, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Appellate Practice Criminal Defense: General Practice Criminal Defense: White-Collar
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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:
    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:
    Appellate Practice Copyright Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Practice Areas:
    Land Use and Zoning Law Litigation - Municipal Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Jackson, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice Mediation Arbitration
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  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Insurance Appellate Practice
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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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Brent R. Baughman was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Brent R. Baughman

Dentons Bingham Greenebaum
  • Location:
    Louisville, Kentucky
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Employment Law - Management Litigation - Labor and Employment Labor Law - Management
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  • Location:
    Hartford, Connecticut
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Morgantown, West Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Labor Law - Management Employment Law - Management Litigation - Labor and Employment
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  • Location:
    Memphis, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Bet-the-Company Litigation Mediation Litigation - Securities Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants 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:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Jackson, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Construction Commercial Litigation Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Litigation - Land Use and Zoning
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Miami, Florida Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Criminal Defense: White-Collar
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  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants Appellate Practice Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Securities
Lawyer
  • Location:
    St. Petersburg, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: General Practice Appellate Practice Criminal Defense: White-Collar
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  • Location:
    Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Securities Appellate Practice Litigation - Patent Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property Commercial Litigation Trade Secrets Law
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  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Litigation - Intellectual Property 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:
    Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice Antitrust Law Public Finance Law Bet-the-Company Litigation
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  • Location:
    Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - First Amendment Appellate Practice Media Law Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Montgomery, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Education Law Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Employment Law - Management Litigation - Labor and Employment Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Tucson, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Real Estate Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice Real Estate Law Mediation
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  • Location:
    Louisville, Kentucky
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - ERISA Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation Litigation - Labor and Employment
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  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Columbia, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice Bet-the-Company Litigation
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  • Location:
    Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Litigation - Securities
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  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Technology Law Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Antitrust Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Patent Appellate Practice 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 Bet-the-Company Litigation
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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:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - First Amendment Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar
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  • Location:
    Lawrence, Kansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Litigation - Trusts and Estates 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
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation Insurance Law Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
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  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Insurance Law
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  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    St. Louis, Missouri
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Roseland, New Jersey
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Fort Worth, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • 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 Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Environmental Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Securities Litigation - Banking and Finance Appellate Practice Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants
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Anne A. Chesnut was awarded 2020 "Lawyer of the Year" in Elasticsearch.PracticeArea

Anne A. Chesnut

Dentons Bingham Greenebaum
  • Location:
    Lexington, Kentucky
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Environmental Appellate Practice Litigation - Real Estate Commercial Litigation Litigation - Land Use and Zoning
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law Bet-the-Company Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Litigation - ERISA Litigation - Labor and Employment
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Litigation - First Amendment Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Fayetteville, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Real Estate Workers' Compensation Law - Employers Appellate Practice Bet-the-Company Litigation Commercial Litigation Litigation - Bankruptcy
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Professional Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Bethesda, Maryland
  • Practice Areas:
    Employment Law - Management Litigation - Labor and Employment Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar Bet-the-Company Litigation Appellate Practice
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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:
    Appellate Practice Securities / Capital Markets Law Commercial Litigation
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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:
    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
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:
    Appellate Practice Bet-the-Company Litigation Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
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  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Antitrust Commercial Litigation Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Environmental Appellate Practice Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) Litigation - Intellectual Property
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:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Banking and Finance Appellate Practice Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) Bet-the-Company Litigation Oil and Gas Law Litigation - Securities
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Manchester, New Hampshire
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice Corporate Compliance Law
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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:
    Litigation - Securities Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)
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:
    Civil Rights Law Administrative / Regulatory Law Appellate Practice First Amendment 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:
    St. Louis, Missouri
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Hartford, Connecticut
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law
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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 Appellate Practice Bet-the-Company Litigation
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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:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Morgantown, West Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Insurance Law Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Jackson, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Employment Law - Management Litigation - Labor and Employment Commercial Litigation Labor Law - Management
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs 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:
    Appellate Practice Mediation Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property Commercial Litigation Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Litigation - Antitrust Gaming Law Arbitration Litigation - First Amendment Native American Law Media Law
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  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Labor and Employment Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation Labor Law - Management Employment 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
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Okemos, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Municipal Appellate Practice Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Municipal Law Energy Law Utilities Law Land Use and Zoning Law Administrative / Regulatory 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:
    Litigation - First Amendment Appellate Practice Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law
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  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Environmental Criminal Defense: General Practice Criminal Defense: White-Collar Appellate Practice Bet-the-Company Litigation Arbitration
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  • Location:
    Tampa, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Bet-the-Company Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar 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
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
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  • Location:
    Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Bet-the-Company Litigation Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • 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:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice Bet-the-Company Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Construction Insurance Law Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice Oil and Gas Law
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  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law Appellate Practice Criminal Defense: General Practice
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  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    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:
    Employment Law - Individuals Appellate Practice Civil Rights Law Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Commercial Litigation Litigation - Labor and Employment Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs

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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.