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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Washington, DC, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

What the team is known for Market-leading Supreme Court practice known for its deep bench of appellate talent. Expert understanding of appellate procedures and the related political implications of complex matters. Regularly engaged for highly publicized and politically significant matters in fields such as banking and finance, civil rights and employment.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Terrific oral argument and briefing. They bring the necessary resources to bear, they are easy to talk to, smart and down to earth."

"They have several really big names and have built a depth beyond those individuals."  

Work highlights Secured two US Supreme Court victories in NML Capital's efforts to recover $1.8 billion in debt owed by the Argentine Republic. The case raises issues surrounding the Foreign Sovereign Immunity Act and post-judgment asset discovery.

Successfully represented CLS Bank before the Supreme Court in business method patent infringement claims against the bank's financial intermediation processes.

Notable practitioners 

Peers say former Solicitor General Ted Olson is "in a different class. He's got such a wonderful manner and he's so thoughtful." Following on from his Supreme Court win in Hollingsworth v Perry, in 2014 he led a challenge to the state constitutional ban on same-sex marriage in Virginia. "Ted is a lion in the industry," reports one client; "but you wouldn't know it when talking to him, he's completely down to earth and a great listener."

Miguel Estrada is described as "enormously talented," and as a "brilliant tactician and skilled oral advocate." He represented a group of US senators in National Labor Relations Board v Noel Canning, a successful challenge to the President's power to make federal appointments when the Senate was in recess. 

One client praises Mark Perry for "his incredible preparation," adding: "He comes into hearings with an encyclopedic knowledge of the facts and relevant law." He is particularly recognized for his experience in commercial litigation and IP matters, recently representing a major software client in a patent dispute before the Federal Circuit.

Thomas Dupree is building a stellar reputation as a "phenomenal" appellate practitioner with "an incredible courtroom presence." He recently made his US Supreme Court debut, successfully representing Daimler in an Alien Tort Statute matter that has significant implications for businesses with international operations. Clients say he "can do just about anything."

Los Angeles-based litigator Theodore Boutrous is a "specialist" in appellate law with a focus on class action appeals. His clients include Walmart.

Thomas Hungar recently argued before the Supreme Court in Town of Greece v Galloway, a First Amendment case on the practice of holding prayers before town council meetings. He stands out to peers as an "extremely talented" appellate practitioner. 

Helgi Walker specializes in representing major telecommunication clients in appeals. Peers praise her "extraordinary" oral argument skills, and clients describe her as "just a delightful person to work with."   

Clients say Matt McGill is an "excellent writer" and displays "great judgment in terms of how to manage and direct a case." He is an emerging talent with experience in Supreme Court cases, including high-value IP disputes.

Significant clients Verizon, National Association of Broadcasters, Danisco US.

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Washington, DC, New York and Chicago.

What the team is known for Highly skilled advocates with an established reputation before the US Supreme Court and federal Circuit Courts. Regularly engaged on politically significant constitutional cases and high-value commercial litigation. Praised for its deep bench and excellent client service.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are very responsive to clients, and their work product is the best in the business as far as I can see."

"They are good at tailoring their response to the needs of the moment."

Work highlights Represented Target before the California Supreme Court in a wrongful death suit. The matter raised the issue of whether businesses have a duty to make automated external defibrillators available to customers.

Acted for a group of registered lobbyists who were excluded from serving on government advisory committees. The team successfully argued before the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit that the ban infringed upon the lobbyists' constitutional right to petition the government.

Notable practitioners  

Andrew Pincus "has an excellent command of strategy," notes one client, adding that in oral argument "he has mastered the record and the law and thinks exceptionally well on his feet." He represented internet search engine Spokeo in petitioning the Supreme Court for certiorari on a Fair Credit Reporting Act issue.

Sources say Charles Rothfeld is a "bright and talented lawyer," praising his impressive brief-writing skills. He recently represented Hana Financial before the Supreme Court in a trademark infringement case.

Former Deputy Solicitor General Andrew Frey is regarded as a true authority in appellate law, with one source stating that "his input is very valuable on thorny, tricky issues." He is also described as "super-smart, knowledgeable about the law and a creative thinker." He has recently been involved in a number of smoking and health matters for Philip Morris.

Peers consider Stephen Shapiro a "dean of the national Appellate Bar." He acted for Arab Bank in the Second Circuit on a significant class action under the Alien Tort Statute.

Clients regard Evan Tager as a "brilliant appellate litigator" who "writes beautifully and has a keen sense of strategy." He recently represented CSX Transportation in a major employment matter before the Fourth Circuit.

The firm's managing partner Kenneth Geller is a "formidable appellate lawyer" with a strong established reputation, peers say. He has argued many Supreme Court merits cases in a career spanning nearly 30 years.

Significant clients Honda North America, United States Chamber of Commerce, Dow Chemical, Whirlpool, Georgia-Pacific West.

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Washington, DC, Chicago and Los Angeles.

What the team is known for Appellate practice comprised of consistently high-quality individuals. Strong presence in matters before the Supreme Court and in major cases at the District Court level. The group is engaged in a range of cases, including transportation, environment and criminal.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"An excellent firm with impressive people." 

"A deep bench, and a really smart appellate group." 

Work highlights Represented Air Wisconsin in the Supreme Court on the issue of whether the airline could be sued for defamation for reporting an employee to the Transportation Security Administration.

Acted for an individual before the Supreme Court, challenging his conviction for supplying heroin that resulted in death. The Court ruled that he could not be subject to penalty enhancement as the drug supplied was not the sole cause of death.

Notable practitioners

Carter Phillips is one of the preeminent practitioners at the Appellate Bar, with a vast number of Supreme Court arguments to his name. "He's one of the top attorneys with a Supreme Court practice," clients say; "he's just brilliant. There's nobody quite like him on an appellate issue." He recently acted for Union Pacific on an appeal against class certification in an antitrust class action case before the DC Circuit.

Jonathan Cohn advises on important matters of business and constitutional law, as well as arguing key cases before federal courts and the Supreme Court. He is considered an "exceptional" emerging appellate advocate.

Sources say Peter Keisler is "a purely gifted appellate lawyer; very smart and always well prepared." The past year has seen him representing trade associations such as the American Chemistry Council and the Association of Manufacturers in litigation against the EPA. 

The "well-respected" Joseph Guerra advises on appellate strategy and briefing as well as representing clients in legally complex motions at the trial stage. He has also argued cases before the Supreme Court and federal Circuit Courts.

Significant clients Life Technologies, Microsoft, Pfizer, Samsung, CSX.

Band 1 | WilmerHale

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Washington, DC and Boston.

What the team is known for Excellent Supreme Court presence and significant experience on the Federal Circuit in IP appeals. Impresses with its level of experience and knowledge in government regulations, patents and copyright matters. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"It's incredibly important to have a firm that is willing to dig in and learn the technical facts. They did that, and it made a big difference to us."

"The have the ability to distill very complex matters, and do it in a way that the word 'brilliant' often comes to mind."

Work highlights Successfully represented POM Wonderful in a Lanham Act false advertising suit related to Coca-Cola's labeling and sale of a pomegranate and blueberry juice drink which contained only small amounts of these fruits.

Represented a bankruptcy trustee in a matter determining whether retirement funds held in an individual retirement account could lawfully be protected from creditors. The Supreme Court ruled in favor of the client, affirming that the funds could not be exempt from the bankruptcy estate.

Notable practitioners 

Seth Waxman enjoys a tremendous reputation as a Supreme Court advocate. "He commands respect at the Supreme Court," reports one source; "his credibility makes a huge difference. He is a remarkably effective advocate with the credibility to make arguments that are cutting-edge." He recently represented a death row inmate in a pro bono appeal on the use of IQ testing to determine intellectual disability.  

Paul Wolfson has extensive experience in a range of appellate matters. He recently advised Medtronic on a significant patent matter. One impressed client describes him as "the kind of lawyer you want when you are betting the store." 

Significant clients Apple, Bank of America, Cisco Systems, Tohono O’odham Nation, Monsanto.

Band 2 | Bancroft PLLC

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Basic facts about the department
Headquartered in Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Boutique appellate litigation firm with a strong reputation for handling high-profile matters including landmark constitutional cases. Represents clients in the telecommunication, retail and transportation sectors as well as political figures.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"That firm has really assembled a first-class array of lawyers."

"The representation has been outstanding, and we will certainly continue to work with the firm."

Work highlights Secured a major victory for a number of broadcasting companies in the Supreme Court, in an appeal concerning the rights of original copyright holders in the live retransmission of television broadcasts without permission.

Represented Hobby Lobby Stores in the Supreme Court, arguing that the contraception mandate infringed its First Amendment freedom of conscience. The Supreme Court held that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act protected the right not to provide insurance coverage for certain contraceptive methods felt to be morally equivalent to abortion, based on the company's sincerely held religious belief.

Notable practitioners 

Paul Clement has argued in many of the most significant Supreme Court cases of recent years, with an enviable success record. "It's amazing to watch him argue," says one peer; "he has such incredible recall, and he's able to respond to questions from the Justices so readily and with such high-quality answers." Clients say: "He has an extraordinary intellect and ability to analyze complicated situations and explain them very simply. He takes complicated situations and explains them for clients and judges in ways that make them straightforward."

Up-and-coming appellate lawyer Erin Murphy is considered a "very talented advocate," with "all the tools to be really fantastic." She recently had her first argument before the Supreme Court representing the appellants in McCutcheon v FEC, a major challenge to the campaign finance laws in the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act.  

Significant clients PPL Corporation, HSBC, Delta Air Lines, NFL, ExxonMobil.

Band 2 | Jones Day

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Basic facts about the department
Washington, DC is the key office.

What the team is known for Deep bench of experienced appellate lawyers with a strong Supreme Court pedigree. Noted for handling high-value business law cases and political issues. Benefits from the wider firm's international resources and cross-departmental capabilities.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They're client-oriented, they're thoughtful, and they can pull on the resources that we need."

"They are very good with appellate strategy. They couldn't have positioned us better for that, and they have a lot of good contacts."

Work highlights Represented Noel Canning Corporation in a Supreme Court case concerning the power to make appointments during Senate recesses. The court held that it was beyond the scope of the President's authority to make recess appointments while the Senate was convening pro forma sessions every three days.

Acted for Susan B Anthony List and the Coalition Opposed to Further Spending & Taxes on a First Amendment case before the Sixth Circuit, arguing that the advocacy groups' freedom of speech in Ohio was threatened by the threat of prosecution for making allegedly false statements in election literature.

Notable practitioners 

Glen Nager is an experienced Supreme Court advocate with a notable track record in high-profile appeals. One impressed peer praises his "abilities and client service," describing him as "brilliant and practical."

Donald Ayer is hailed as an "effective, wise advocate" who is experienced in constitutional and regulatory issues. He is well versed in cases before both the federal Circuit Courts and the Supreme Court.

Michael Carvin is a tenacious advocate who "thinks hard about the law, and what the best arguments really are." He has recently been heavily involved in challenges to provisions of the Affordable Care Act as well as campaign finance and election law issues. Sources say he is "very creative and comes up with great strategies." 

Significant clients CBS, Chevron, Experian Information Solutions, GM, R.J. Reynolds.  

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Basic facts about the department
Headquartered in Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Boutique firm with an excellent reputation. Broad practice that involves numerous appearances before the Supreme Court and the federal and state courts. Engaged for a wide range of appeals including copyright, transportation and antitrust issues.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"A fabulous firm for appellate law, offering a uniformly high level of quality."

"They have a very deep bench, and the quality of their work is spectacular." 

Notable practitioners 

Peers regard David Frederick as a "tremendous appellate talent." His practice is heavily weighted toward plaintiffs' representation in major appeals, with one fellow practitioner calling him "the best plaintiff-side appellate litigator out there." 

Michael Kellogg is recognized for his involvement in significant Supreme Court matters, and is considered a "superb appellate advocate" who is a "real force" in the market place. His areas of expertise include regulatory, antitrust and telecommunication matters.

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Basic facts about the department
Washington, DC is the key office.

What the team is known for Broad-ranging appellate practice with impressive expertise in constitutional law and Supreme Court appeals, as well as high-value antitrust matters and complex IP work. Also noted for advising blue-chip corporate clients on regulatory law issues.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They have an amazing process. This group of attorneys works so well together."

Work highlights Acted for Ford on a $500 million challenge to a Sixth Circuit decision concerning the process by which the IRS calculates interest accrued on tax overpayments made by corporations.

Represented the University of Texas at Austin in a challenge to its race-conscious admissions policy. The Supreme Court clarified the standard of review in such cases, and on remand the Fifth Circuit found that the school's policy was not unconstitutional.

Notable practitioners 

The "phenomenal" Gregory Garre is a leading force in appellate law, with extensive expertise in regulatory law, patent appeals and constitutional matters. Sources have "huge respect" for his abilities and his "very deep knowledge of administrative law."

Peers say Scott Ballenger is emerging as a "very talented writer and advocate," with deep experience of brief writing and oral argument in noteworthy Supreme Court cases. He recently represented the National Collegiate Athletic Association in an antitrust case relating to its handling of the Penn State abuse scandal.

Richard Bress is "incredibly creative, and a really strategic thinker," sources report. He recently acted for BNSF Railway on two business-critical regulatory law appeals before the DC Circuit, relating to the Surface Transportation Board's rate evaluation process for coal shipping.

Maureen Mahoney advises on appellate strategy and brief writing for many of the team's key cases. Peers have "huge respect" for Mahoney, describing her as "very gifted - one of the best lawyers of recent years." 

Significant clients National Environmental Development Association, Union Pacific, Amazon.com, HCA, American Beverage Association.

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Basic facts about the department
Washington, DC is the key office.

What the team is known for Established appellate practice with significant experience of oral argument before the highest courts. Regularly engaged on high dollar value, high-profile cases, including equality issues, criminal law and bankruptcy matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Their analytical acumen was outstanding, and that was reflected in both written submissions to me, as well as on-their-feet oral argument skills."

"Their interaction with me as a client, and their sensitivity to my needs, and to what it means to work as a team, were exemplary."

Work highlights Represented GlaxoSmithKline in an appeal to the Ninth Circuit on the use of peremptory strikes in jury selection. The court held that the equal protection clause forbids attorneys from exercising peremptory strikes against potential jurors based on sexual orientation. 

Represented Oklahoma state officials in a case before the Supreme Court, successfully preventing a Texas water agency diverting water in Oklahoma to Texas under the Red River Compact. The decision sets a precedent for key water compacts that do not authorize diversions across states.  

Notable practitioners 

"Superb oral advocate" Lisa Blatt impresses peers with her "unbelievable record in the Supreme Court." "She is super-smart and a very talented advocate," enthuses one client; "she's a great writer and is very thoughtful, careful and strategic in her legal argument." 

Significant clients Federal Housing Finance Agency, Philip Morris, Detroit Retirement Systems, Major League Baseball, Bank of America.

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Basic facts about the department
Washington, DC is the key office.

What the team is known for Well-regarded appellate practice noted for work in the patent, healthcare and energy sectors. A major presence in the Supreme Court, briefing and arguing many of the most significant cases on the court's docket.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"I have nothing but good things to say about the team. It was a great piece of work; their writing skills, legal analysis and intelligence were all there on the brief."

"They do a really good job and their drafting is excellent."

Work highlights Represented Highmark before the Supreme Court in a case concerning recovery of the successful party's legal fees in patent claims.

Acted for the Bay Mills Indian Community on a tribal immunity issue, successfully barring the State of Michigan from suing in federal court to shut down a casino operating off-reservation.

Notable practitioners 

Former Acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal is "a very talented guy who does very good work," and "a fabulous oral advocate," clients state. Peers agree he has developed a strong Supreme Court presence since transitioning to private practice, with an impressive record of arguments before the Court in 2014.

Cate Stetson is an established name in appellate law, with a number of key cases to her name. She recently acted on a class action workplace discrimination claim brought by members of the Secret Service. Sources regard her as an "excellent strategic thinker who is extremely collaborative with her clients." 

Significant clients Google, Bristol-Myers Squibb, GE Capital, UnitedHealthcare, Nestlé.

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Basic facts about the department
Key office is Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Regularly called in to advise on major civil rights issues and business-critical matters. Well regarded for telecommunication and commercial litigation appeals.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They demonstrated real acumen with the appeal process, and what their legal strategy was going to be."

"They are very good at being creative and thinking outside the box, coming up with unique ways of how to structure the motions we file. They are excellent." 

Work highlights Engaged by a consortium of television broadcasters including Fox in a copyright dispute with Aereo, concerning retransmission of programming over the internet. The Supreme Court found in favor of the broadcasting companies.

Advised the Alabama Democratic Conference on drafting a brief in a legislative redistricting case, which raised issues under the Voting Rights Act.

Notable practitioners

Paul Smith is considered a "top-notch Supreme Court advocate." He has recently represented public unions in a high-profile labor law appeal. He is also well known for his work on civil rights issues. One commentator describes him as "smart, thoughtful and practical."  

Significant clients New York City Law Department, Viacom, Exelon, SoundExchange, Marriott International.

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Basic facts about the department
New York is the key office.

What the team is known for Particularly noted for high-value patent and trademark infringement work before the Federal Circuit and Supreme Court. Represents a number of well-known technology companies in major appeals.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Quinn is a top-notch litigation firm. It is one of the top firms in the US for large IP and commercial litigation matters." 

Work highlights Represented the administrator of the Parmalat estate, which collapsed due to fraud by a corporate insider, in a suit against auditors Grant Thornton before the Seventh Circuit.

Represented Samsung in a suit against Panasonic and a licensing entity, alleging conspiracy to fix prices for the right to manufacture and sell SD cards.

Notable practitioners

Kathleen Sullivan acts for blue-chip corporate clients on their most critical appeals matters. "Kathleen Sullivan is one of the finest attorneys with whom I have ever worked, in any subject matter," enthuses one client, adding: "She is superb at putting together a case, assessing strengths and weaknesses, anticipating her adversaries' strategy and countering it." 

Significant clients Shell, Google, AIG, Entergy Nuclear Vermont Yankee, Coca-Cola.

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Basic facts about the department
Headquartered in Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Talented group of appellate lawyers with extensive experience in cases before the Supreme Court, federal circuit courts and state appellate courts. Retained by a range of clients including those in the trade association, energy and telecommunication sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are absolutely fabulous, with a deep bench of talent. They have a tremendous team."

"Exceptional appellate lawyers. I wouldn't hesitate to refer work to them." 

Notable practitioners 

Peers praise Alan Untereiner's product liability work and note his involvement in significant amicus curiae briefs before the top appellate courts. "He is very solid," notes one interviewee; "I think very highly of him, he does excellent work."

Roy Englert receives accolades from his peers, who hold his Supreme Court practice in high regard. One admiring source considers him to be "one of the most talented writers and advocates I have encountered."

Lawrence Robbins handles complex criminal and civil appeals for a wide variety of clients. Fellow appellate practitioners consider him an "amazing" and "very renowned lawyer."  

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Basic facts about the department
Key office is Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Well-respected trial litigation firm with a growing reputation in the appellate space. Often retained on high-value and legally complex business law matters. Also noted for expertise on IP issues.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Everything has been most satisfactory, particularly their responsiveness to questions; we get answers within hours."

Work highlights Acted for Omnicare on a case before the Supreme Court. The issue was whether it must be proved that a statement of opinion was not subjectively believed to be true by the speaker before it can be actionable under the Securities Act of 1933, or whether it must merely be proved to be objectively wrong.

Represented the petitioner before the Supreme Court in Warger v Shauers, a case concerning use of jury room testimony in a petition for retrial on grounds of juror dishonesty during voir dire. The team argued that Warger should be able to rely on the testimony of a jury member as to statements made by another juror during deliberations.

Notable practitioners

Kannon Shanmugam comes highly recommended by both clients and peers. He is regularly involved in significant bankruptcy and class action matters before all courts, including the Supreme Court. One commenter says he is "incredibly meticulous, he understands the court and is an excellent strategic thinker."  

Significant clients Pfizer, Merck, Bank of America, Textron, Sprint.

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Washington, DC and Los Angeles.

What the team is known for Appellate practice with strength on both coasts. Focused on high-value civil law matters including business law and class action defense. Particularly noted for employer-side labor law matters. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"I gave them a challenging assignment and they were always available, prepared and easy to work with."

"They have good depth and they do a good job at assembling a court team."

Work highlights Engaged by Starbucks in a matter concerning the interpretation of state tipping law. Starbucks's policy of including shift supervisors and excluding assistant store managers from the tipping pool was found to be consistent with state law.

Represented The Home Depot in a wrongful discharge suit brought by a former employee. The Ninth Circuit held that the employer had good cause to discharge the individual.

Notable practitioners

Co-head of the appellate practice Rex Heinke is well versed in matters before both state and federal courts, and has a particularly strong reputation in California. "He instantly has credibility with the Bench," says one impressed client, adding: "He is persuasive without being condescending, he speaks plainly and clearly but very intelligently, and he's good on his feet responding to questions. I would not hesitate to put him up in another court for pretty much anything."

Former Assistant to the Solicitor General Pratik Shah leads the Washington, DC appeals practice, and is widely seen as an emerging talent in the appellate community. "What most impressed us is that he is able to communicate with us at our level," reports one client; "he is very good at applying constitutional issues in a practical sense to our business and communicating them to us." 

Significant clients Albertson's, Amphastar Pharmaceuticals, Hartford Casualty Insurance, National Football League Management Council, Walmart.

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Basic facts about the department
Washington, DC is the key office.

What the team is known for Often represents financial services companies and other blue-chip corporates in complex federal court appeals. Regularly retained by interest groups, nonprofit organizations and political figures for input on Supreme Court amicus curiae briefs.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They were very attentive and understanding. They have fantastic expertise and they were easy for us to work with."

"They do a very good job. They were very interactive and formed a real partnership when it came to developing our case and presenting it to the court." 

Work highlights Represented Fifth Third Bank in a major ERISA appeal, the team's third victory in such cases before the Supreme Court. Plaintiffs alleged that the company should have known the stocks in their ESOPs were overvalued, and should therefore have taken action to protect participants.  

Advised the National Association of Broadcasters and other broadcasting associations on their amicus curiae brief in American Broadcasting Companies v Aereo.

Notable practitioners 

Robert Long is "outstanding" and an "extremely well-respected litigator," sources state. Numerous organizations have sought his counsel on Supreme Court amicus curiae briefs recently. One client appreciates that "he knows how to focus thinking, and organize a very good effort."    

Significant clients Samsung Electronics, New Media Holding, Wells Fargo, Chiquita Brands International, AstraZeneca.

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Basic facts about the department
Key office is Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Strong on energy-related matters, representing major players in the oil and gas and power sectors. Also handles IP, international trade and product liability appeals. Clients include high-profile life sciences and technology companies.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They needed laser focus, and to be incredibly responsive, because the turnaround time was very short. They did a fabulous job of that."

"If we ever have to take a matter to appeal again, I would retain them without hesitation." 

Work highlights Acted for Chevron on an appeal to the DC Circuit, succeeding in having a $96.3 million arbitral award against the Republic of Ecuador confirmed.

Represented the defendant before the Supreme Court in Bond v US. Ms Bond admitted spreading chemical irritants on her husband's lover's car door and mailbox with the intent to injure her, but mounted a successful challenge to her prosecution under a federal law concerning the use of chemical and biological weapons.

Notable practitioners 

Clients regard Daryl Joseffer as an "outstanding" practitioner, praising his ability to understand deeply technical issues. He regularly acts for clients in the pharmaceuticals and energy sectors.

Jeff Bucholtz has extensive experience in the Supreme Court and federal Circuit Courts, and is recognized for his involvement in the life sciences sector. One client describes him as "extremely bright; one of the smartest lawyers I've ever worked with by a wide margin," adding: "He's also very approachable, which is great from the client standpoint."

Ashley Parrish is well versed in appeals on behalf of energy clients, including regulatory appeals. He is "excellent," clients say; "very well respected in appellate litigation circles and someone to whom judges respond well. He is also very good at relating to businesspeople." 

Significant clients Eisai, Myriad Group, GlaxoSmithKline, Fitzpatrick International, R.J. Reynolds.

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Basic facts about the department
New York and Washington, DC are key offices.

What the team is known for Highlighted for experience in bankruptcy law cases. Frequently represents blue-chip technology and life sciences companies in IP appeals. Also involved at the trial level on law-heavy motions and issues.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The team has strong analytical and legal writing skills." 

Work highlights Represented Facebook in a case before the DC Circuit concerning the scope of protection afforded by the Communications Decency Act. The plaintiff had claimed that Facebook has a duty to promptly remove harmful or offensive user-submitted content from its social media platform, but this claim was rejected.

Acted for Samsung, IBM and Infineon on an appeal to the Fourth Circuit. The clients were licensees of a technology patent owned by a company which was undergoing a bankruptcy process in Germany, and the trustee in bankruptcy sought to cancel the licenses.

Notable practitioners 

Christopher Landau is a "terrific lawyer" who is experienced in courts of all levels. One admiring client considers him to be "articulate, fast-thinking, well prepared, and someone who has the respect of the panel." 

Jay Lefkowitz is a "very energetic, bright and very well-prepared" appellate attorney. He regularly represents pharmaceutical and healthcare clients. Another source describes him as a "phenomenal lawyer - off the chart." 

Significant clients Aaroma Holdings, BP, ConAgra, Samsung, Safelite Group.

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Washington, DC and Los Angeles.

What the team is known for West Coast trial litigation powerhouse with a noted appellate presence in Los Angeles and Washington DC. Highlighted for patent, trademark and copyright appeals, antitrust and class action defense.

Work highlights Acted for Yahoo! on a patent infringement appeal. The Federal Circuit affirmed the trial court's summary dismissal of plaintiff Augme's claims, and its granting of judgment for Yahoo! in its counterclaims.

Represented internet service providers in an appeal to the DC Circuit, successfully challenging the trial court's order to subpoena internet subscribers' personal information for use in copyright infringement litigation.

Notable practitioners 

The "very talented" Deanne Maynard is particularly noted for IP appeals. Her clients include major names in the technology and financial services sphere. Clients regard her as "very creative and thoughtful, receptive to input and extraordinarily diligent."  

Clients and market sources consider Brian Matsui a "terrific" practitioner with a "warm and enthusiastic" approach to matters. His recent work has included cases in the pharmaceuticals and communications sectors.  

Significant clients Newhall Land & Farming, Target, Sling Media, JPMorgan Chase, Residential Capital.

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Basic facts about the department
Key office is Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Acts for high-profile corporates on state court and federal appeals. Often called upon to advise on amicus curiae briefs in major constitutional and business law cases. Also highlighted for pro bono work.

Work highlights Filed an amicus curiae brief for the US Chambers of Commerce in Ford Motor Company v United States, a Supreme Court appeal concerning the method by which the IRS calculates interest on tax overpayments.

Advised on an amicus curiae brief for the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence in the Supreme Court 'straw purchaser' case Abramski v United States. The brief argued that allowing straw purchasers would undermine the provisions of federal gun laws such as background checks.

Notable practitioners 

Jonathan Hacker has an active Circuit Courts practice and has argued before the Supreme Court. He has niche expertise in insurance litigation.

Former Acting Solicitor General Walter Dellinger co-leads the practice, and is well established as an appellate law authority. Sources praise his thoughtful and creative approach.

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include New York and Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Active Circuit Courts practice with a Supreme Court track record. Particularly strong on patent, trademark and copyright appeals, often acting for well-known clients in the technology sector.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Every person I have worked with from this firm has been top-notch."

"They have very skilled attorneys, they are very responsive, and they are available to their clients." 

Work highlights Successfully represented Apple in the Federal Circuit Court in litigation with Motorola related to touchscreen technology patents.

Acted for Microsoft before the Second Circuit on an Electronic Data Communications Privacy Act matter. Microsoft sought to challenge the legality of a demand to seize e-mail records, arguing that the data was stored in Dublin, in Ireland, and the prosecutors' warrant had no legal effect overseas.

Notable practitioners

Joshua Rosenkranz is an "excellent strategist, superb writer and oral advocate," reports one client, as well as being "a master of working seamlessly with other law firms." He represents hi-tech clients in major IP disputes and business law cases. "He is brilliant yet humble," says another source; "he's a great tactician who is easy to work with." 

Significant clients Credit Suisse, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Dow Chemical, Oracle, Verifone.

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Washington, DC and Houston.

What the team is known for Established reputation in the Texas appellate space, with a noted Supreme Court practice in the DC office. Regularly represents oil and gas sector clients in multimillion-dollar appeals before the State and federal appeals courts.

Work highlights Represented KBR in a qui tam case concerning subcontractor agreements in Iraq, which gave rise to discovery issues over documents relating to an internal investigation. The team successfully argued before the DC Circuit that these records were subject to attorney-client privilege.

Acted for a pro bono client on his Supreme Court challenge to a conviction for aiding and abetting the use of a firearm during a drug deal. The court held for the defendant, the seven-Justice majority finding that a conviction for aiding and abetting requires that the accused have foreknowledge of his accomplice's plans.

Notable practitioners 

John Elwood is a well-regarded Supreme Court practitioner and commentator, hailed as an "even-keeled, intellectual guy" who is a "brilliant writer." He has recently acted for high-profile clients in the energy and telecommunication sectors. Clients say he "is extremely bright, writes really well and is well integrated with the trial team."

Significant clients Occidental Petroleum, Port of Houston Authority, Clear Channel Outdoor, Petrohawk, Antero Resources.

Other Ranked Lawyers 其他上榜律师

Austin-based appellate lawyer Thomas Phillips of Baker Botts LLP is a former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Texas. "His knowledge and command of Texas law is unparalleled," states one source. He recently represented Union Carbide in the Supreme Court of Texas, obtaining a dismissal of a wrongful death suit.

Thomas Goldstein of Goldstein & Russell, P.C. is a well-known Supreme Court practitioner and commentator who represents a range of clients. One peer reports that Goldstein is "knowledgeable and understands what it takes to be persuasive in an appellate setting."

Former Assistant to the Solicitor General William Jay of Goodwin Procter LLP is a "true talent" who earns rave reviews from his peers. "He has great intellect, he's a good clear writer and is very agile at the podium," says one source. A rising star at the Supreme Court Bar, he recently argued for Teva in Teva v Sandoz.

Christopher Wright of Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP is well regarded among fellow appellate lawyers, who describe him as "utterly unflappable" and a "very experienced and talented appellate lawyer." A telecoms specialist, he recently represented Sprint Communications in a regulatory dispute in the Eighth Circuit.

David Axelrad of Encino, California appellate boutique Horvitz & Levy LLP is a well-known figure in West Coast federal and state court appellate matters. He has over 30 years' experience of arguing California appeals.

Sole practitioner Bartow Farr is a well-known and highly respected Supreme Court advocate with decades of experience handling top-level appellate matters. He is considered a "distinguished," "subtle and elegant lawyer."  

Jeffrey Lamken is a cofounder of trial and appellate litigation boutique MoloLamken LLP. Sources say he is a "really outstanding" practitioner, who is "incredibly knowledgeable and quick to understand issues." "He is a fierce advocate and a very detailed guy," notes one fellow lawyer; "he always covers the waterfront."

Dallas-based Allyson Ho of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP advises a range of clients on amicus curiae briefs and regularly argues cases before the Circuit Courts. One client appreciates her ability to "cut through the garbage and get to the real issue that will win the case."

David Salmons of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP is a "superb appellate advocate" who focuses his practice on constitutional and regulatory matters. He recently represented Anadarko in relation to the Deepwater Horizon disaster. "He's extremely good at getting to the core of what the case is about, and what the judges will be concerned about," enthuses one client; "so he's able to very astutely assess what kind of arguments the court will be receptive to."

Daniel Collins of Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP is a specialist in a range of appeal matters, including contracts, international law and First Amendment issues. One client says: "He's utterly thorough and has a complete mastery of the trial record when preparing appellate strategy and papers."

Based in the Seattle office of Perkins Coie LLP, Eric Miller is experienced in both state and federal appellate courts. He recently represented Boeing before the Washington Supreme Court. He is considered a "brilliant legal mind and a terrific writer." 

Ropes & Gray LLP attorney Douglas Hallward-Driemeier recently argued Executive Benefits Agency v Arkison in the Supreme Court, a noteworthy case on the judicial powers of non-Article III bankruptcy judges. He is labeled an "absolute superstar" by one source, while another considers him to be "very thoughtful and creative in his arguments."  

"Very talented" appellate specialist Linda Coberly of Winston & Strawn LLP handles commercial disputes, securities litigation and copyright infringement. Her clients include Omnicare.

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