Clients, law firms and judges increasingly recognize that appellate litigation is a specialized area of practice that requires its own set of skills and experience. Particularly in major cases, clients now frequently retain appellate counsel in the Supreme Court and courts of appeals.
Kilpatrick Townsend already has significant appellate experience. Firm attorneys appeared in all 13 federal circuit courts of appeals, as well as in the highest courts of 25 states. The firm also has an active practice before the Supreme Court of the United States, and has filed numerous petitions for certiorari, briefs in opposition to certiorari, and briefs amicus curiae in the Court. Many of the cases were, of course, appeals from decisions in which the firm was involved as trial counsel. Additionally, a substantial number were cases in which the firm had no lower court involvement, but was retained solely for the purpose of pursuing appellate relief or defending the result obtained in the court of first instance.
Kilpatrick Townsend's Appellate & Supreme Court team augments and expands the firm's established litigation capability and formalizes the role and organization of our appellate lawyers. With the combination of our appellate and trial litigators, clients know that all of their litigation needs can be fully met by the firm, from the filing of a complaint to the presentation of oral argument in the Supreme Court.