Supreme Court & Appellate

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

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.

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