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  • Location:
    Columbus, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment First Amendment Law Appellate Practice Communications Law
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  • Location:
    Columbia, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Environmental Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) Appellate Practice Energy Regulatory Law
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  • Location:
    Huntsville, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Real Estate Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Antitrust 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:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Bet-the-Company Litigation Commercial Litigation Antitrust Law Appellate Practice Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Antitrust Corporate Law Litigation - Banking and Finance
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  • Location:
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Insurance Law Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Jackson, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants Arbitration Appellate Practice Mediation Commercial Litigation
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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:
    Fort Worth, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation
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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
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  • Location:
    Jackson, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Arbitration Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice Mediation
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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:
    Litigation - Labor and Employment Labor Law - Management Appellate Practice Employment Law - Management
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  • Location:
    Hartford, Connecticut
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Morgantown, West Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Labor and Employment Labor Law - Management Appellate Practice Employment Law - Management
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  • Location:
    Memphis, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Bet-the-Company Litigation Mediation Litigation - Securities Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar
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  • Location:
    Jackson, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Litigation - Construction Commercial Litigation Litigation - Land Use and Zoning
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions
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  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Securities Commercial Litigation Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    St. Petersburg, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    San Diego, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Appellate Practice Litigation - Labor and Employment Litigation - Real Estate
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar Criminal Defense: General Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Technology Law Appellate Practice Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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David Boies was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

David Boies

Boies Schiller Flexner LLP
  • Location:
    Armonk, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Antitrust Law Public Finance Law Bet-the-Company Litigation Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - First Amendment Appellate Practice Media Law Bet-the-Company Litigation Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Montgomery, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Education Law Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice Bet-the-Company Litigation
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  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Employment Law - Management Litigation - Labor and Employment Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Tucson, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Litigation - Real Estate Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Louisville, Kentucky
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - ERISA Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice Litigation - Labor and Employment
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
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  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Insurance Law
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  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Columbia, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Litigation - Securities
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  • Location:
    Hartford, Connecticut
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law Litigation - Bankruptcy Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Patent Commercial Litigation Technology Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Antitrust Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Pittsford, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Hartford, Connecticut
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
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  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Litigation - Securities
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  • Location:
    Lawrence, Kansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Litigation - Trusts and Estates Commercial Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
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  • Location:
    Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - First Amendment Bet-the-Company Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Commercial Litigation Insurance Law Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Insurance Law Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
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  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    St. Louis, Missouri
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    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:
    Appellate Practice Litigation - First Amendment First Amendment Law
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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 Commercial Litigation Litigation - Environmental Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants Appellate Practice Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Securities Litigation - Banking and Finance
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Antitrust Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - Antitrust Litigation - ERISA Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Securities Litigation - Patent Litigation - Intellectual Property
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Lexington, Kentucky
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation Litigation - Real Estate Litigation - Environmental Litigation - Land Use and Zoning
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Litigation - ERISA Litigation - Labor and Employment Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law Appellate Practice Bet-the-Company Litigation Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Litigation - First Amendment Insurance Law
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  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Fayetteville, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice Litigation - Bankruptcy Litigation - Real Estate Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Bethesda, Maryland
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Labor and Employment
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Securities / Capital Markets Law Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Baltimore, Maryland
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation
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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:
    Energy Regulatory Law Civil Rights Law Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Administrative / Regulatory Law Land Use and Zoning Law Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Insurance Law
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  • Location:
    Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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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:
    Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Jackson, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Environmental Litigation - Antitrust
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Diego, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Litigation - Patent
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Detroit, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Securities Oil and Gas Law Commercial Litigation Litigation - Banking and Finance Appellate Practice Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Richmond, Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Appellate Practice Litigation - ERISA
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  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) Litigation - Securities Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation
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  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law Administrative / Regulatory Law Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Reno, Nevada
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Bridgeport, Connecticut
  • Practice Areas:
    Family Law Appellate Practice
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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
Lawyer
  • 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
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
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  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Gaming Law Arbitration Litigation - First Amendment Appellate Practice Mediation Litigation - Intellectual Property Native American Law Media Law Bet-the-Company Litigation Commercial Litigation Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Litigation - Antitrust
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  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Labor Law - Management Employment Law - Management Appellate Practice Litigation - Labor and Employment
Lawyer
  • 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:
    Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar Appellate Practice Litigation - Intellectual Property Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Okemos, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Land Use and Zoning Law Administrative / Regulatory Law Appellate Practice Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Energy Law Municipal Law Litigation - Municipal
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  • Location:
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Real Estate Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Chatham, New Jersey
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Criminal Defense: White-Collar
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  • Location:
    Memphis, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment Appellate Practice Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law
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  • Location:
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Compliance Law Appellate Practice Corporate Governance Law Litigation - Securities Commercial Litigation Litigation - Labor and Employment
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  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Environmental Appellate Practice Bet-the-Company Litigation Arbitration Criminal Defense: General Practice Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Lawyer
  • 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:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • 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
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Energy Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law Appellate Practice Criminal Defense: General Practice
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  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    New Haven, Connecticut
  • Practice Areas:
    Art Law Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Civil Rights Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    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 - Environmental Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants Construction Law Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Litigation - Construction Education Law Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs
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  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    St. Louis, Missouri
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Construction Law Litigation - Construction Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Greenville, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Labor and Employment Appellate Practice Employment Law - Management Labor Law - Management Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Tallahassee, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Employment Law - Individuals Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Manchester, New Hampshire
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Detroit, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Appellate Practice Litigation - Real Estate

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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.