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Appellate and Supreme Court practice

The end of a trial or administrative proceeding often marks the start of an appeal. Whether defending or challenging a judgment, we work with clients to help them understand the playing field and maximize chances for a satisfactory appellate outcome.

Our attorneys represent clients at every level of state and federal appellate jurisdiction. Over the past decade, the firm has appeared more than 100 times in Ohio’s district courts of appeal, and more than 85 times before the Sixth Circuit. The firm has particular insight into advocacy before the Ohio Supreme Court. We’ve advanced client interests before the high court more than 125 times since 2000. We know how to frame arguments to maximize the chances for success in this unique forum. For example, we have obtained discretionary review in a multi-million dollar commercial dispute and established an important rule of law protecting business negotiations. And, we regularly craft amicus briefs on behalf of state and national trade groups. Our practice includes former clerks at the Ohio Supreme Court, Third Circuit and Sixth Circuit.

Our advocates:

  • Assess prospects for success on appeal
  • Craft arguments that engage busy appellate judges
  • Develop arguments that resonate with the bench
  • Formulate and pursue settlement strategies, where appropriate
  • Forge strategic coalitions and submit amicus briefs
  • Control costs and use resources efficiently

Because we ground our appellate practice in the trial experience and substantive knowledge of our attorneys, the practice encompasses a wide range of substantive areas. In 2017 and 2018, for example, we appeared in the Ohio Supreme Court in an array of matters ranging from oil and gas law to ratemaking, election law, the Uniform Commercial Code and securities law. When our involvement in a matter begins at the appellate stage, we work to make our partnership with trial counsel both effective and cost-efficient for clients.

Available for review, our Appellate and Supreme Court White Paper series shares information relevant to today's business appellate issues.