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WilmerHale

Appellate Law

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WilmerHale

Appellate Law

4 ranked lawyersBand 1USA - NationwideUSA 2020 View ranking table
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What the team is known for

Widely considered a leading light in technically complex cases and regulatory challenges, including considerable strengths in intellectual property disputes before the Supreme Court and the Federal Circuit, alongside broader capabilities in areas such as bankruptcy and restructuring, civil rights issues and Native American law. Draws from a notably deep bench with talented and experienced appellate litigators at all ranks of the practice, able to provide exceptional breadth of expertise in handling appeals in state and federal courts nationwide.

Strengths

A client reports: "I think they have outstanding litigators and are great for strategy. They are very thoughtful in their approach to get the best results for their clients."

Work highlights

Successfully represented the Franchise Tax Board of California in the US Supreme Court, where the Court overruled a 40-year-old precedent that had allowed the FTB to be sued in the Nevada courts by a taxpayer.

Notable practitioners

Catherine Carroll enjoys a burgeoning reputation for her abilities in significant state and federal appellate matters, with fellow practitioners describing her as a "terrific advocate." Sources add: "She is very thorough and careful and definitely a very steady presence."

Danielle Spinelli is praised for being an "excellent writer" by sources. She centers her practice on bankruptcy disputes, with additional expertise in  administrative and constitutional law matters, as well as Native American law. Sources praise her as an "an exceptional lawyer."

Paul Wolfson has a broad appellate practice spanning tax, punitive damages and False Claims Act matters, among other areas. He is experienced in arguing before the federal courts of appeals and the US Supreme Court. A source notes: "In addition to being really book-smart, he exhibits incredibly good judgment, maturity and capacity and is wise beyond years."

The "truly outstanding" Seth Waxman has a highly respected appellate practice spanning the technology, media and financial sectors, in addition to a particular expertise in appeals involving Native American law. He has appeared in a broad array of high-profile disputes and has handled 82 oral arguments in the US Supreme Court. Clients say: "You can give him any problem and he can reduce it to the simplest terms; even the most complex scientific terms. He can closely articulate the strengths and weaknesses of your argument. Everything he writes and says is accessible and clear. He cares deeply about his clients and the cases, and is very polished but so natural."

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Overview

Our seasoned appellate lawyers have argued more than 130 cases before the US Supreme Court, including leading cases in areas such as antitrust, banking law, bankruptcy, communications, constitutional law, employment, energy regulation, federal preemption, patent, securities regulation and tax. We regularly handle matters in federal and state appellate courts throughout the United States, and have represented clients in more than 30 patent and other cases in the Federal Circuit in the last two years. Our lawyers argued six cases in the most recent US Supreme Court term and, in the 2015 term, five different WilmerHale lawyers argued eight cases in the Supreme Court – more than any other firm. In 2014, 23 different WilmerHale lawyers made a total of 48 oral arguments in state and federal courts, including six arguments in the Supreme Court. Combining our trial and appellate strengths allows us to shape litigation strategy from the outset to maximize the likelihood of ultimate success. Clients also retain us to advise them on complex and often unsettled legal issues, no matter what the particular forum or context.

WilmerHale's Appellate and Supreme Court Litigation Practice, with members in Washington DC, New York, Boston and Los Angeles, has been honored by Chambers USA every year since 2005.

To learn more, visit us at: https://www.wilmerhale.com/litigation/appellate/

Appellate Law Department

WilmerHale

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Department location

1875 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

Washington, DC

District of Columbia

USA

20006

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USA - Nationwide

Appellate Law


Catherine Carroll
Up and Coming
Danielle Spinelli
Band 3
Paul RQ Wolfson
Band 4
Seth Waxman
Star Individuals