Led by one of the country’s premier Supreme Court advocates, the Paul, Weiss Supreme Court and Appellate Practice regularly handles high-impact appeals before the U.S. Supreme Court and federal and state appellate courts. Our lawyers have secured appellate victories on some of the most important business and public interest issues of our time.

Our Practice

The Paul, Weiss Supreme Court and Appellate Practice handles cases before the Supreme Court of the United States, as well as before the nation’s federal and state appellate courts. The practice is led by Kannon Shanmugam, a former Assistant to the Solicitor General who has argued 27 cases in the Supreme Court – 13 in the past five years – and is widely viewed as one of the nation’s leading Supreme Court and appellate advocates. We handle bet-the-company, industry-changing appeals across the country, both in matters where we represented a party in the lower court and those where we have been retained specifically for our appellate expertise.

Broad Appellate Experience: The practice draws on a deep bench of litigators whose experience arguing and winning appeals spans a wide range of litigation practice areas, including landmark cases involving securities, M&A, antitrust, class action, patent, criminal, administrative and ERISA law. Our lawyers have successfully argued cases before all 13 federal courts of appeals and before numerous state appellate courts; we have an unrivaled track record in courts where the most significant business cases are litigated, such as the Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court and the Delaware Supreme Court.

Appellate Insight: Our lawyers combine skill in crafting persuasive, innovative 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 U.S. Courts of Appeals. We play the long game; from the moment we are retained on a case, a team of senior partners and appellate experts collaborate to build an evidentiary and trial record that can succeed on appeal.

Pro Bono Appeals: With among the most active pro bono practices nationally, Paul, Weiss regularly advocates pro bono at all levels of the appellate system on a range of important public interest matters. Our lawyers represented Edith Windsor in the Supreme Court case that overturned the Defense of Marriage Act in 2013 and helped Thurgood Marshall reverse the doctrine of “separate but equal” in Brown v. Board of Education in 1954. Today, we continue to represent parties and amici in groundbreaking Supreme Court and appellate cases involving individual rights, the rights of criminal defendants, and immigration and family law, among others.

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