Appellate and Supreme Court Litigation

Combining our trial and appellate strengths allows us to shape litigation strategy from the outset to maximize the likelihood of ultimate success.

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Recognition

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    National Tier 1 in Appellate Practice 2022

    U.S. News – Best Lawyers

    CONSISTENTLY RECOGNIZED AS A TOP-TIER FIRM

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    Appellate Hot List 2021

    The National Law Journal

    NAMED TO THIS LIST FOR THE 13TH YEAR

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    Top-Tier Appellate Practice

    The Legal 500 United States

    TIER 1 RANKING IN 2021–2022


  • Chambers USA has recognized the firm’s Appellate and Supreme Court Litigation Practice since 2005, including with Band 1 rankings in 2018–2022. Clients praise the group, saying "they have an incredibly deep appellate bench with experience at all circuits as well as the Supreme Court that is second to none." Partner Seth Waxman is consistently cited as a star individual, with sources calling him "simply the best appellate lawyer in the country right now" and a "powerhouse." Partner Danielle Spinelli is described as “utterly brilliant” and someone who “thinks things through in a way that eludes most lawyers,” and Partner Catherine Carroll is said to be “very meticulous” and “able to grasp complex issues in a quick and meaningful way.”
  • The National Law Journal has named WilmerHale to its Appellate Hot List for 13 years. In the National Law Journal’s 2021 Legal Awards, WilmerHale was named to both the Pro Bono and Appellate Hot Lists and was a finalist for the Washington DC General Litigation Department of the Year. 
  • Four WilmerHale appellate lawyers were selected by their peers for inclusion on Boston Magazine’s inaugural list of Top Lawyers in 2021.  
  • Benchmark Litigation recognized a slew of WilmerHale’s appellate lawyers as National Litigation Practice Area Stars, Local Litigation Stars and Future Stars in 2021. 
  • In U.S. News - Best Lawyers' 2013–2022 Best Law Firms rankings, our Appellate and Supreme Court Litigation Practice ranked in the first tier nationally and in Boston and Washington DC, and was named the 2019 First Amendment Litigation Firm of the Year.
  • IAM Patent 1000 again ranked WilmerHale a leading firm in 2020 and 2021 for litigation internationally and nationally in the US. The firm is also recognized in California, Colorado, Massachusetts, New York, Washington DC and the UK.
  • In 2021 and 2022, The Legal 500 United States again ranked WilmerHale's Appellate and Supreme Court Litigation Practice in the top tier in its annual guidebook, naming Partner Seth Waxman to its Hall of Fame and Partner Danielle Spinelli a "Leading Lawyer" in the category of "Dispute Resolution: Appellate." It has also commended the firm for its “superb pedigree before the US Supreme Court.”
  • Law360 named WilmerHale’s Appellate and Supreme Court Litigation Practice a “Practice Group of the Year” for the 2010–2016 and 2019 editions. This annual series highlights up to five practice groups that notched the biggest litigation victories or deals of the year. The publication has also recognized Partner Mark Fleming as an “MVP of the Year” with distinction in appellate law (2011), Partner Seth Waxman as an “Appellate MVP of the Year” (2014) and Partner Tom Saunders as an “Appellate MVP of the Year” (2015).
  • Managing IP named WilmerHale the 2022 Patent Contentious Firm of the Year for the Northeast region—a recognition the firm has received seven times since 2012. The firm was also awarded the 2022 Impact Case of the Year for its work in Intel v Qualcomm. WilmerHale received the same award in 2020 for its work for Mission Product Holdings, Inc. in Mission Product Holdings Inc v. Tempnology LLC, and in 2019 for its work for PNC Bank in PNC Bank National Association v Secure Axcess. In 2015, WilmerHale and Partner Seth Waxman received Managing IP's Supreme Court Milestone Case of the Year award for the successful representation of POM in POM Wonderful v. Coca-Cola.
  • The American Lawyer named WilmerHale the 2020 Law Firm of the Year and a finalist in its 2021 and 2018 Litigation Department of the Year contests. The magazine also recognized the firm with its IP Litigation Department of the Year title twice and has named WilmerHale a finalist in the category six times since first awarding it in 2004.
  • Washingtonian magazine has named Partner Seth Waxman among "Washington's Best Lawyers" and Partner Danielle Spinelli a top Supreme Court lawyer.

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