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