Latham & Watkins LLP

Appellate Law Department

USA - Nationwide
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What the team is known for 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. Handles a broad range of substantial matters of significant national and constitutional import. IP work stands out as a particular highlight, alongside wider strengths in the professional services sector, tax disputes and criminal law matters.

Strengths A client reports: "They know how to get the job done. They are extremely responsive and anticipate what I might need,  and they know the business well and give us practical solutions that take into account business concerns and help balance risk."

Other clients add: "They are extremely knowledgeable and they impress me every time I talk with them. They are fast, quick and responsive, and they give very good advice."

Sources report:"We are very impressed; they certainly knew the Supreme Court practice subspecialty very well and brought the expertise."

Work highlights Secured a victory for Dow Chemical in the DC Circuit in a False Claims Act suit brought against Dow and several other chemical manufacturers, seeking billions of dollars in damages following allegations they failed to report information and pay potential penalties under the Toxic Substances Control Act.

Notable practitioners

The "fantastic" Gregory Garre is held in high esteem for his impressive track record in appellate matters. He is an experienced advocate, appearing numerous times before the Supreme Court and courts of appeal, having argued an array of highly significant constitutional challenges and commercial litigation matters.

Melissa Arbus Sherry "is an excellent writer and also very easy to work with," according to market sources. Other sources note: "She is a really strong lawyer, a really good advocate and has great experience from the Solicitor General's office." She represents significant clients on a wide range of appeals, including First Amendment and tax matters.

Richard Bress impresses sources with his "tenacity and clarity of thought."  He is a popular choice for well-known corporations, advising clients on an array of commercial and constitutional issues. Clients note: "His oral presentation skills are second to none and he is clear, precise and persuasive."

Roman Martinez is a "highly valuable member of any team," according to clients. His broad appellate practice spans constitutional, statutory and administrative law matters. Sources note: "He is terrific and he is really the whole package when it comes to advocacy. He also has a real strong sense of strategy when counseling a client."