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Houses a cadre of experienced appellate attorneys with significant governmental and state-court judiciary experience. The firm's signature IP specialization is complemented by excellent capabilities in class action, antitrust and copyright matters. Highly active in pro bono work, with expertise in civil rights and wider public interest cases.
Sources regard the appellate team as "spectacular lawyers."
One client recounts: "I was really so impressed with the work. There's nothing they could have done better, the appellate lawyers are great."
Successfully represented Sotheby’s, as well as codefendants Christie’s and eBay, before the Ninth Circuit to dismiss a long-running putative class action under the California Resale Royalties Act.
Deanne Maynard is held in high esteem for her expert handling of appeals, being particularly noted for her deep experience in patent cases. One client reports: "I found her to be an extremely skilled advocate. Her opening and closing arguments were masterful and she made a complicated case feel obvious to the court."
Joseph Palmore is highlighted by clients for his ability to "develop a successful appellate strategy." He advises clients on a wide range of disputes, including bankruptcy, environmental law, ERISA and fiduciary duty matters, among others. He is experienced in representing clients before the federal courts of appeals as well as the US Supreme Court.
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Morrison & Foerster is at the forefront of appellate litigation in the U.S. Supreme Court, the federal courts of appeals, and state appellate courts. Our appellate team leverages its substantive and strategic expertise to take on some of the most challenging legal issues before the appellate courts. Our team takes full advantage of the firm’s vast platform that combines the expertise of attorneys across multiple specialties, including those in the firm’s highly ranked Intellectual Property practice.
The lawyers in our group specialize in appeals, spending the vast majority of their time in appellate courts. The practice is co-chaired by Deanne Maynard and Joe Palmore, both former Assistants to the Solicitor General; they collectively have argued 24 cases in the United States Supreme Court and dozens more in the federal courts of appeals. The group is also home to Miriam Vogel, a former Justice on the California Court of Appeal who is now among California’s most prominent and successful state court appellate practitioners.
We regularly represent major corporations, trade associations, and industry groups before the Supreme Court. We are skilled at presenting our clients' positions in a context that facilitates the Supreme Court's resolution of a broad legal issue presented, while also advancing our client's interests in the particular case. We are experienced at briefing and oral argument before the Supreme Court on the merits of cases, and also at the certiorari stage.