Supreme Court & Appellate Litigation
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 27 cases in the U.S. Supreme Court -- 13 in the last five years -- and is widely regarded as one of the nation’s leading appellate advocates.
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. We have prevailed in bet-the-company, industry-changing appeals across the country. 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.
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 federal courts of appeals.
Paul, Weiss has one of the most active pro bono practices nationally, handling cases at all levels of the appellate system. Our lawyers 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 public interest cases involving individual rights, the rights of criminal defendants, and immigration and family law, among others.