Appellate and Supreme Court
Lisa Blatt heads the firm’s Appellate and Supreme Court practice. She has argued 33 cases before the Supreme Court, prevailing in 32. The National Law Journal called her a "visionary" and one of "the 100 most influential lawyers in America." The Washingtonian thrice has listed her as one of the "100 Most Powerful Women in Washington,” and Chambers USA has noted her "meticulous oral argument preparation and 'great presence before the court.’" Her oral advocacy is cited as exemplary in the Supreme Court Clerk's Guide for Counsel.
She successfully represented clients where the Supreme Court held that:
- Pharmaceutical manufacturers have a First Amendment right to market their drugs.
- The Indian Child Welfare Act does not permit birth fathers with no parental rights to block adoptions.
- The Red River Compact permits Oklahoma to restrict out-of state water diversions.
- Class action plaintiffs could not sue pharmaceutical manufacturers for alleged erroneous drug pricing.
- Prevailing debt collectors may seek costs against plaintiffs.
- The statute of limitations to challenge veteran disability benefit denials is not jurisdictional.
She assists the US Chamber of Commerce in selecting cases for amicus participation and is on the Advisory Board for Georgetown University Law Center's Supreme Court Institute. She teaches Appellate Advocacy and Procedure at Georgetown.
Appellate and Supreme Court Representative Matters
Briefed or argued before the Supreme Court
- Sorrell v. IMS and PhRMA
- Astra USA, Inc. v. County of Santa Clara
- PhRMA v. Walsh
- Fischer v. United States
- Your Home Visiting Nurse Servs., Inc. v. Shalala
- Regions Hospital v. Shalala
- Henderson v. Shinseki
- Marx v. General Revenue Corp.
- United States v. Dickerson
- United States v. Flores-Montano
- Texas v. Cobb
- Sell v. United States
- Tarrant Regional Water District v. Herrmann
- Leegin Creative Leather Products v. PSKS, Inc.
- Hoffmann-La Roche v. Empagran
- Scheidler v. National Organization for Women, Inc. II and III
- United States Postal Service v. Flamingo Industries
- Marrama v. Citizens Bank of Massachusetts
- Lamie v. United States
- Archer v. Warner
Employment and ERISA
- Hulteen v. AT&T Corp.
- Ricci v. DeStefano
- Gross v. FBL Financial Services
- Chevron U.S.A., Inc. v. Echazabal
- Breuer v. Jim's Concrete of Brevard, Inc.
- Crawford v. Nashville & Davidson County
- Edelman v. Lynchburg College
- Thompson v. N. American Stainless
- Hughes Aircraft Co. v. Jacobson
- Black & Decker Disability Plan v. Nord
- Bay Area Laundry Pension Fund v. Ferbar Corp.
- Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl
- Bates v. Dow Agrosciences LLC
- United States v. Oakland Cannabis Buyers' Cooperative
- Tenet v. Doe
- Clinton v. Goldsmith
Named "Lawyer of the Year" by The Bar Association of the District of Columbia
Benchmark: "Litigation Star" 2016
The Best Lawyers in America 2011-2016 for Appellate Practice
Named as one of two "Litigators of the Week" by The American Lawyer, November 2015
Named one of The National Law Journal's Outstanding Women Lawyers 2015
Named one of Washingtonian magazine's "100 Most Powerful Women in Washington" 2015
Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business 2010-2015 for Appellate Law (Nationwide)
The Legal 500 US 2012-2015 "Leading Lawyer" for Litigation: Supreme Court and Appellate
Named as one of The American Lawyer's "Litigators of the Week" January 2014
Lawdragon 500 "Leading Lawyers in America" 2012-2014
The National Law Journal's "100 Most Influential Lawyers" 2013
Law360 MVP 2013 for Appellate Law
Washington, DC Super Lawyers' "Top 50 Women in Washington" 2014
Named one of Washingtonian magazine's "Most Powerful Women" 2013
Washington, DC Super Lawyers 2012-2015 for Appellate
Washingtonian's "Top Lawyers" 2011, 2013, 2015 for Supreme Court
Benchmark: Appellate "Litigation Star" 2013
Named one of Washingtonian magazine's "100 Most Powerful Women in Washington" 2011
The National Law Journal's 2011 "Visionaries" in Washington, DC list
Featured in Working Mother magazine's "Working Mothers of the Year" article, November 2011
Featured as a "Superstar" for Appellate Law in Washingtonian's "Best Lawyers in Washington" article, December 2011
The National Law Journal "Appellate Lawyer of the Week," November 2010
Lisa S. Blatt
"In Front of the Burgundy Curtain: The Top Ten Lessons I've Learned About Advocacy Before the Nation's Highest Court
" Chautauqua Institution, New York, NY, August 2010
Lisa S. Blatt
"Assessing the October 2009 U.S. Supreme Court Term
" Washington Legal Foundation, June 22, 2010
Lisa S. Blatt
"Arguing Before the High Court
" Fourth Annual Peter Jennings Project for Journalists and the Constitution, February 28, 2010