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Appellate Litigation

Davis Wright Tremaine’s appellate litigators represent clients across the country in high-stakes cases in the U.S. Supreme Court, federal courts of appeals, and state appellate courts. They know that effectively litigating cases at the appellate level requires not just technical mastery of the intricacies of appellate procedure, but also understanding how appellate judges think and which arguments will appeal to an appellate panel.

Having collectively litigated hundreds of appeals, our lawyers combine their specialized knowledge of appellate practice and procedure with an equally impressive understanding of the substantive law. DWT’s appellate lawyers have used their unsurpassed understanding of the industries they serve and knowledge of the relevant law—whether in the areas of class action litigation, communications law, employment law, First Amendment law, or media and intellectual property law—to achieve consistently good results. They can take their deep understanding of the law and industry that they have acquired over years or decades of practice in trial courts, administrative proceedings and arbitrations, and apply that knowledge to the appeal. And just as importantly, they can bring their knowledge of the industry and its key players with them on appeal, so that when the time comes, they are positioned to harness the amicus support that often will often make a critical difference in the appellate court.

Our appellate experience and accomplishments include:

U.S. Supreme Court
DWT lawyers have argued landmark cases before the United States Supreme Court involving First Amendment protection of cable television programming, search and seizure under the Fourth Amendment, the right to counsel under the Sixth Amendment, and discrimination under the Fourteenth Amendment. We also have filed numerous amicus briefs before the United States Supreme Court, including in virtually all of the Court’s First Amendment cases over the last decade.

Federal and State Appellate Courts
We have handled hundreds of appeals across the nation, including in every federal circuit court of appeals and every appellate court in every jurisdiction in which we practice.

Trial expertise
Our appellate attorneys routinely assist trial teams to ensure that critical issues are preserved for appellate review and that the record is crafted with a view toward further judicial review.

Experience as Judicial Clerks and senior appellate litigators in government
Many attorneys on our appellate team have served as law clerks for appellate court judges, providing us with invaluable insight for crafting cogent legal arguments that cut to the core of what will interest appellate court judges. Others have served in senior government roles that routinely involve appellate litigation.

Appellate community involvement
Many of our appellate lawyers serve on leading bench/bar committees in their jurisdictions, alongside appellate judges and court administrators, and have spoken on appellate advocacy. That involvement, combined with frequent appearances before appellate court judges, gives our lawyers valuable insights into the judges and their unique perspectives on what makes effective appellate advocacy.