Supreme Court & Appellate

Latham’s Supreme Court & Appellate team consistently wins precedent-setting, high-stakes victories for clients before federal and state courts of appeal and the US Supreme Court.

Why Latham

Our appellate team, led by a former US Solicitor General, provides clients with insightful, powerful representation. Members of the team have served as high-ranking officials in the US Department of Justice, have clerked for Supreme Court Justices and judges on every US federal court of appeals, and have argued hundreds of cases before appellate courts. Four of our appellate lawyers have served in positions in the Solicitor General’s office.

Our track record before the Supreme Court, where Latham argues cases every year, includes numerous precedent-setting victories, and we have an exceptional success rate in seeking and opposing certiorari on behalf of clients.

The appellate team 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.

We repeatedly prevail in litigation against the US government representing Fortune 100 corporations, state governments, leading educational institutions, and individuals, especially in cases raising novel or challenging questions of administrative law. The appellate team regularly prepares petitions for certiorari, as well as merits and amicus briefs.

When a case reaches the appellate stage, regardless of jurisdiction, we enter the courtroom with vast collective experience arguing and winning cases in that very venue. Our appellate track record includes hundreds of victories across the spectrum of cutting-edge issues, from copyrights to class actions, including many high-profile pro bono matters.

For clients facing the Supreme Court for the first time, we bring experienced, insightful, and skilled representation. Our bench of veteran Supreme Court lawyers has collectively argued more than 70 cases before the Justices. We remain attuned to the Court by working on highly consequential Supreme Court cases all year, every year across a wide range of industries and issues.

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

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