DLA Piper's Appellate Advocacy practice is one of the nation's premier practices and comprises seasoned appellate lawyers with experience handling all aspects of state and federal appeals. The National Law Journal recently named our Appellate Advocacy practice to its 2013 Appellate Hot list and lauded us for assisting clients with novel and challenging issues at all stages of litigation, with a particular focus on appeals. Noteworthy cases for which DLA Piper was recognized include a pair of toxic tort cases (Exxon Mobil v. Albright and Exxon Mobil v. Ford) where the firm helped Exxon Mobil Corp. secure the largest reversal of monetary damages on record – more than $1.65 billion – in the Maryland Court of Appeals. In addition, The National Law Journal highlighted the firm's work before the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, which led to the development of Central New York Oil and Gas Co.'s 39-mile natural gas pipeline in Pennsylvania.
Our appellate advocacy team practices with successes in the most notable appellate courts in the United States, including the United States Supreme Court, all 13 federal Courts of Appeals and a host of state appellate courts. Clients benefit from our highly skilled team of appellate lawyers, many with prior experience as former clerks for the United States Supreme Court, United States Courts of Appeals, and state appellate courts.
We provide aggressive, creative and practical representation for our clients who look to us to preserve their victories or rectify their losses on appeal in complex areas of litigation such as product liability, white collar defense, environmental cleanup, antitrust and intellectual property. Our appellate lawyers also work with trial lawyers to provide efficient, thorough and creative motions practice support to the team that will try the case. In that setting, our appellate lawyers help the trial team frame the issues for appeal and create the most advantageous record. This assistance can be particularly beneficial in complex litigation. When our appellate lawyers are not counsel of record, we have been called upon to use our creativity to assist with mock arguments, review draft briefs and write amicus curiae briefs for clients on important issues in various courts. Our advocacy in the latter role can assist the court by shedding light on the legal impact of the court's decision beyond the parties directly involved.
DLA Piper's Appellate Advocacy practice is committed to understanding our clients' needs, protecting our clients and prevailing in their litigation.