Our seasoned appellate lawyers have argued more than 140 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 50 patent and other cases in the Federal Circuit in the last two years. In the 2015 term alone, for example, five different WilmerHale lawyers argued eight cases in the Supreme Court—more than any other firm. In 2016, 32 different lawyers presented 59 oral arguments across 14 state and federal appeals courts. 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. 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.” In its review of the 2013 Supreme Court term, Law360 noted that the firm’s seven arguments were “the most … before the high court this session” and that no other firm had more wins than WilmerHale’s five. The National Law Journal named the group to the Appellate Hot List for the 11th consecutive year in 2018, and recognized WilmerHale as the Washington DC Litigation Department of the Year in the General Litigation category in 2017. The group has also been recognized as a leader in appellate advocacy by U.S. News - Best Lawyers, Benchmark and Law360, which has named WilmerHale to its “Practice Group of the Year” series for six consecutive years.