Supreme Court & Appellate

Latham & Watkins’ Supreme Court & Appellate Practice has obtained remarkable results before the US Supreme Court and federal and state courts of appeal.

Why Latham

Latham’s appellate lawyers have achieved success for clients in high-stakes, high-profile appeals with far-reaching implications across a broad spectrum of substantive areas. The appellate team also frequently handles complex litigation and dispositive motions in the lower courts and before regulatory agencies. Latham’s hallmark collaborative approach ensures that before a matter even reaches the appellate phase, the firm’s appellate lawyers are working hand-in-hand with trial teams to persuasively frame and preserve issues for appeal.

A Leading US Supreme Court Practice

Led by a former US Solicitor General, Latham’s appellate team has represented clients in numerous groundbreaking and bet-the-company cases, with an outstanding record before the US Supreme Court and other appellate courts. The practice has been repeatedly singled out for its results, including being named to the 2018 National Law Journal Appellate Hot List, and Law360 Trials Practice Group of the Year 2017. Chambers USA notes the team's, "strong reputation in appellate litigation, drawing from a formidable roster of experienced practitioners with an excellent track record in high-stakes legal challenges." The Financial Times also commended the practice in 2016 for its innovative work in securing path-marking victories, including a "landmark" US Supreme Court case.

Latham appellate practitioners have appeared before the Supreme Court 18 times since 2007 alone, representing Fortune 100 corporations, State governments, leading educational institutions, and individuals. The appellate team regularly prepares petitions for certiorari, as well as merits and amicus briefs. The practice has secured certiorari in nearly a dozen cases on behalf of firm clients in the past few years alone, a track record that The National Law Journal recognized as exceptional.

Latham’s appellate lawyers have served at all levels in the US Office of the Solicitor General and clerked for Supreme Court Justices and judges serving on every US federal courts of appeals, providing them with crucial insights into the US appellate court system. The firm has argued and briefed hundreds of cases before the Supreme Court and federal and state courts of appeals.

Awards & Rankings

  • Litigation & Trial Associate Featured as a Rising Star in the Appellate Bar - March 28, 2021
  • Latham Litigators Among Most Honored in 2020 - December 30, 2020
  • Six Washington, D.C. Partners Recognized as Top Lawyers - December 15, 2020
  • Latham Again Named Securities Group of the Year - December 07, 2020
  • Latham Named to 2020 Appellate Hot List - November 01, 2020

Latham “enjoys a strong reputation in appellate litigation, drawing from a formidable roster of experienced practitioners with an excellent track record in high-stakes legal challenges.”

Chambers USA 2020

Events

Webcast – A Look Ahead at the Biden Administration’s Regulatory and Enforcement Priorities

Media Coverage

Latham Teams Up With "Appellate Project" In Diversity PushLatham Partners With ‘Appellate Project’ to Develop Pathways for Diverse AdvocatesThey’ve Got Next: Appellate Fresh Face Samir Deger-Sen

News

Latham & Watkins Formalizes Partnership with The Appellate ProjectLitigation & Trial Associate Featured as a Rising Star in the Appellate Bar Latham Litigators Among American Lawyer’s Most Honored in 2020

Thought Leadership

US Supreme Court Upholds SEC’s Authority to Seek DisgorgementThe Halo Effect: Willful Infringement And Enhanced Damages In Light Of HaloD.C. Circuit: No FCA Liability for Unassessed Regulatory Penalties

Webcasts & Podcasts

A Look Ahead at the Biden Administration’s Regulatory and Enforcement PrioritiesBloomberg Law Podcast – Partner Greg Garre on New SCOTUS TermSupreme Court: Highlights and Implications of the 2019-2020 Term