Our seasoned appellate lawyers have argued more than 130 cases before the 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 over 35 patent and other cases in the Federal Circuit in the last two years. In 2011 alone, 33 different WilmerHale lawyers made a total of five oral arguments in state and federal courts, including six arguments by three different lawyers 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 practice group, with members in Washington DC, New York, Boston and Los Angeles, has been honored by Chambers USA every year since 2005. Chambers called our team a "bench of talent that is 'impressive beyond belief'" and cited our "built-in ability and knowledge to tackle appeals both before the state, federal and Supreme courts." According to The National Law Journal’s (NLJ) “Supreme Court Scorecard,” in the 2010 term WilmerHale had more Supreme Court wins than any other law firm, and achieved the highest win percentage of firms arguing multiple cases. The NLJ also recognized the group by naming it to the Appellate Hot List for the fifth consecutive year in 2012. The group has also been recognized as a leader in appellate advocacy by U.S. News/Best Lawyers, Benchmark and Law360, which recently named WilmerHale an “Appellate Group of the Year” for 2011.