Supreme Court & Appellate Litigation
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Led by one of the country's premier Supreme Court advocates, the Paul, Weiss Supreme Court and Appellate Practice regularly handles high-profile cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and federal and state appellate courts. Our lawyers have secured victories in some of the most important business and public interest cases of our time.
Paul, Weiss has a storied history as one of the nation’s leading firms for Supreme Court and appellate litigation. One of the firm’s name partners, Judge Simon Rifkind, was described by a Supreme Court justice as the finest advocate of his generation. The firm’s Supreme Court and Appellate Practice is now led by Kannon Shanmugam, a former Assistant to the Solicitor General who has argued 31 cases before the Supreme Court and is widely regarded as one of the nation’s leading appellate advocates. The National Law Journal has selected the firm for its “Appellate Hot List,” a list of law firms with significant achievements in the area of appellate litigation.
Paul, Weiss lawyers regularly appear in the Supreme Court and in federal and state appellate courts across the nation. Our appellate experience spans a wide range of subject areas, including administrative, antitrust, class action, criminal, ERISA, mergers and acquisitions, patent, product liability, and securities law. The firm recently presented oral argument in the Supreme Court on behalf of the petitioner in Seila Law v. CFPB, the constitutional challenge to the structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Beyond the Supreme Court, we have an unrivaled track record in courts where the most significant business cases are litigated, such as the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the Second Circuit, the Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court, and the Delaware Supreme Court.
We have prevailed in bet-the-company, industry-changing appeals across the country. Our lawyers combine skill in crafting persuasive briefs and oral arguments with an insider’s perspective on the types of issues of concern to appellate judges. Currently, the firm’s ranks include several former Supreme Court clerks and more than 70 former clerks from federal courts of appeals.
Paul, Weiss has an active pro bono practice at all levels of the appellate system. Our lawyers helped Thurgood Marshall invalidate the segregation of public schools in Brown v. Board of Education in 1954. Today, we continue to represent parties and amici in public interest cases involving individual rights, the rights of criminal defendants, and immigration and family law, among others. Associates from the firm routinely present oral arguments in pro bono cases in the federal and state appellate courts.