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Led by one of the country's premier Supreme Court advocates, our Supreme Court and Appellate Practice regularly handles high-profile cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and federal and state appellate courts. Our lawyers consistently secure victories for our clients in some of the most complex and important cases of our time.

Our Practice

Paul, Weiss has a storied history as one of the nation’s leading firms for Supreme Court and appellate litigation. The firm’s Supreme Court and Appellate Practice is led by Kannon Shanmugam, a veteran of the Solicitor General’s Office who has argued 35 cases before the Supreme Court and is one of the nation’s best-known and most highly regarded appellate advocates.

Our lawyers regularly appear in the Supreme Court and in federal and state appellate courts across the nation. Our appellate experience tracks the full range of our practice areas, including administrative law, antitrust, bankruptcy, class actions, criminal defense, intellectual property, mergers and acquisitions, product liability, and securities litigation. Among our series of recent victories in the Supreme Court, we were lead counsel in the landmark constitutional challenge to the structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Beyond the Supreme Court, we have an exceptional track record in courts where the most significant business cases are litigated, including the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the D.C., Second, Ninth, and Federal Circuits; the New York Court of Appeals and Appellate Division; and the Delaware Supreme Court.

Our lawyers combine skill in crafting persuasive briefs and oral arguments with unrivaled experience in the courts in which we litigate. Currently, the firm’s ranks include ten former Supreme Court clerks and over 75 former clerks from federal courts of appeals.

We also have an active pro bono practice at all levels of the appellate system, dating back to our involvement in Brown v. Board of Education. We were recently lead counsel in an important Supreme Court case limiting the scope of the principal law imposing mandatory minimum sentences for federal offenders. We represent parties and amici in pro bono cases across a range of subject areas, and associates from the firm routinely present oral arguments in those cases in the federal and state appellate courts.

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