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The National Law Journal named Morgan Lewis to its Appellate Hot List in 2010 as one of the top 20 firms in the United States “that represent the best in the practice of appellate law” and that have “made singular contributions to appellate practice during the past year.”
As reported in Chambers USA, our top-ranked appellate team has earned a reputation as “a force to be reckoned with” and garnered praise for its “impeccable work ethic,” “responsiveness,” and “client-friendly approach.”
Morgan Lewis’s Appellate Practice focuses on litigating and winning high-stakes appeals in state and federal courts across the United States. Our appellate litigators have argued dozens of cases on the merits before the U.S. Supreme Court and authored more than 100 U.S. Supreme Court briefs. The National Law Journal has named Morgan Lewis to its Appellate Hot List as one of the top U.S. law firms considered “the best in the practice of appellate law.”
Collaborating within the firm’s 700-member Litigation Practice, our appellate attorneys handle complex, novel, and bet-the-company business law issues for Fortune 500 clients in trial courts and before regulatory agencies, and regularly offer advice on constitutional issues that arise in the business context.
Led by Allyson Ho and Tom Peterson, the practice includes appellate attorneys who have clerked for U.S. federal and state appellate judges and for Chief Justice William Rehnquist, Chief Justice Warren Burger, and Justices William Brennan, Antonin Scalia, and Sandra Day O’Connor at the U.S. Supreme Court.
Practice members have also served at the highest levels of government—in the White House, at the U.S. Department of Justice, and at the U.S. Department of Labor.
We have been described in Chambers USA—which has ranked our practice among the top in the United States—as “a force to be reckoned with” and were praised for our impeccable work ethic, our responsiveness, and our client-friendly approach.
We provide advice and litigate appeals across a broad range of legal issues, including:
- Business and commercial litigation
- Energy litigation
- Insurance disputes and recovery
- Intellectual property
- Labor and employment
We also maintain an active amicus practice and have filed briefs on behalf of leading organizations such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s National Chamber Litigation Center, the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA), and the National Association of Manufacturers in courts across the United States, including the U.S. Supreme Court.
Over the last several years we have secured significant, high-profile victories on behalf of our clients, including:
Securing a 9-0 victory in the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of a subsidiary of an Italy-based chemical company in a closely watched case involving the vesting of retiree healthcare benefits.
- Defending a $260 million jury award in a patent infringement suit on behalf of a technology company before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
- Overturning a National Labor Relations Board ruling in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit on the status of a global logistics company’s independent contractors.
- Securing an 8-1 victory in the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of a French manufacturing company in one of the most closely watched intellectual property cases of the 2011 term.
- Successfully representing an energy client before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in multiple appeals arising from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
- Defending before the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Third and Ninth Circuits the issue that pharmaceutical sales representatives qualify under the outside sales exemption of the Fair Labor Standards Act and are therefore exempt from federal overtime requirements.
- Representing a foreign government before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and securing affirmance of the dismissal of all Alien Tort Act claims against the client in a case involving the sale of a Van Gogh drawing during the pre-World War II Nazi era in Germany.
- Obtaining mandamus relief in a Texas state court on behalf of a major automobile manufacturer in a case stemming from allegations made by a disgruntled former employee.
- Representing a financial institution before the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second, Fourth, Fifth, and Eleventh Circuits in claims arising from the largest bank failure in U.S. history.
- Overturning a Texas trial court’s refusal to compel arbitration on behalf of an energy client.
- Representing a pharmaceutical client that won a $577 million verdict in a breach-of-contract case in California appellate court.
- Securing affirmance of a motion to dismiss a putative securities class action before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit on behalf of a publicly traded medical device company.