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Appellate Litigation

Kramer Levin’s Appellate Litigation team has won high-stakes civil and criminal appeals in state and federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court. Our Appellate lawyers are regularly retained to prepare amicus briefs to voice concerns of interested parties in Supreme Court cases.

Our Appellate team comprises pre-eminent lawyers, including more than 20 who have clerked for federal and state appellate court judges and two fellows of the American College of Trial Lawyers. All our appellate litigators engage in trial work, which ensures our ability to readily identify lower court errors and preserve key issues for appeal. By being involved from the start of a case, we know every detail, fully grasp the subtleties of each case and are able to craft the most compelling arguments on appeal. That intimate knowledge saves time and costs for our clients.

Our appellate experience includes all areas of corporate securities and commercial practice, as well as antitrust; bankruptcy; labor and pension issues; white collar defense issues; copyright, trademark and false advertising; and First Amendment, civil rights, and other constitutional challenges. We have achieved appellate victories in a wide array of cases involving novel issues and precedent-setting or game-changing matters, including a case of first impression before the U.S. Supreme Court involving interpretation of the Copyright Act of 1976; a precedent-setting New York Court of Appeals case in which personal jurisdiction was found based on the repeated use of New York correspondent bank accounts; a New York State case in which we helped establish equal marriage rights for same-sex couples; and a Delaware Supreme Court opinion upholding the Court of Chancery’s landmark decision to order the sale of a billion-dollar company based on shareholder and director deadlock.

We are particularly sought after to handle appeals in New York because our deep familiarity with the judges and opposing counsel enables us to anticipate issues, avoid problems, and develop a strategy to resolve matters quickly and cost effectively.