Appellate and Supreme Court
Arnold & Porter's Appellate and Supreme Court group is consistently ranked as one of the nation's top appellate practices and has established a reputation for aggressively and successfully handling high-stakes, precedent-setting appeals that protect our clients' interests across a wide range of legal areas. In the past five years alone, our attorneys have won numerous landmark Supreme Court cases securing religious freedom, state sovereignty, tax fairness, and parental rights. In federal and state courts across the country, we have obtained high-stakes victories for our clients, including reversals of multi-million—and billion—dollar verdicts, and decisions helping ensure US elections are free from unconstitutional restraints.
- Powerful bench of appellate professionals. Clients seek the distinctive experience and creativity of our team, which includes former law clerks on the Supreme Court and the US courts of appeals, a former Assistant to the US Solicitor General, a former Associate Justice of the Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court, specialists in Appellate Law certified by the State Bar of California, a former president of the California Academy of Appellate Lawyers, and former legal advisors to the White House and an international tribunal.
- Teaming with top-ranked advocates in substantive practice areas. Our appellate advocates coordinate closely with our nationally recognized attorneys in numerous global industries and areas of substantive law, including antitrust, consumer products, environmental, financial services, health care, intellectual property, life sciences, transnational litigation, and white collar criminal defense.
- National recognition. The practice repeatedly has been recognized by The National Law Journal's Appellate "Hot List" and nationally ranked by Chambers USA, The Legal 500, and U.S. News & World Reports. Our team is regularly quoted in major media outlets for our experience in appellate law, and we prepare an influential annual report for the National Law Journal on Supreme Court amicus curiae practice every term.
Represented the petitioners at the certiorari and merits stages in this child custody dispute involving the federal Indian Child Welfare Act.
Obtained unanimous ruling that religious hospitals’ pension systems were eligible for the “church plan” exemption to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA).
Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled the state’s congressional districting map was unconstitutional partisan gerrymander.
Defended Oklahoma’s right to prevent a northern Texas water agency from diverting water located in Oklahoma back to Texas under the Red River Compact.
Obtained ruling that prevailing defendants in Fair Debt Collection Practices Act lawsuit may recover costs, a decision of substantial importance to corporate defendants.
Litigation: Appellate (California) (2019)