Supreme Court & Appellate

Recognized as a premier appellate practice, Latham & Watkins’ Supreme Court and 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.

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 National Law Journal, Chambers USA, The American Lawyer, and others have repeatedly singled out the practice for its results, and by the Financial Times for its innovative work in securing path-marking victories.

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

  • Firm Receives Legal Services Corporation Pro Bono Award - July 31, 2018
  • Litigation & Trial Partner Named 40 Under 40 Honoree - July 16, 2018
  • Latham & Watkins Named 2017 “Texas Powerhouse” - September 28, 2017
  • Litigation & Trial Partner Recognized by Pro Bono Client DC Appleseed - September 18, 2017
  • Firm Earns Trials “Practice Group of the Year” Award - January 29, 2017

Latham’s appellate practice “handles a broad range of substantial matters of significant national and constitutional import.”

Chambers USA 2016


Bench & Bar ConferenceStanford Law Review's 2017 SymposiumSIFMA Compliance & Legal Society Monthy Luncheon

Media Coverage

On Appeal, Latham Locks Up Win for Dubai Bank40 Under 40: Roman MartinezDown but Not Out—Big Cases With Big Reversals


Washington, D.C. Pro Bono Team Secures Major Ninth Circuit Victory Firm Receives Legal Services Corporation Pro Bono AwardLitigation & Trial Partner Named 40 Under 40 Honoree

Thought Leadership

Supreme Court: SEC ALJs Are Officers Subject to Constitution’s Appointments ClauseSupreme Court Rulings Increase the PTAB’s ImportanceSupreme Court’s Merit Management Ruling Highlights Potential Alternative Path to Safe Harbor

Webcasts & Podcasts

Supreme Court: Highlights and Implications of the 2017-2018 TermPodcast Interview – A US Supreme Court Patent Case Flying Under the Radar