With more than 35 lawyers who served as law clerks for federal or state appellate court judges, we have developed a keen insight into how the appellate process works and how trial court decisions are analyzed on appeal.
We routinely litigate appeals in state and federal courts nationwide, in cases covering a vast array of subject areas that include contracts, torts, securities, employment, antitrust, constitutional law and everything in between. Our lawyers frequently file amicus curiae briefs on behalf of clients to protect their interests and assist appellate courts in making correct determinations in complex fields of law. In addition, we regularly provide strategic advice to our clients on potential appellate issues, even before a case reaches the appellate stage.
Bringing Value to Our Clients
At Alston & Bird, an appeal is never just the “next phase” of litigation. We know that appellate advocacy is a discrete discipline that requires a unique set of skills. Cases that may have been developed over years of litigation and in trials lasting for days or weeks must be distilled to a 15-minute argument and a 30-page brief. Success requires melding a comprehensive understanding of the law with impeccable brief writing and outstanding oral advocacy to produce persuasive reasoning at the highest legal level. These skills are honed with concentrated focus at Alston & Bird, and our success rate is testament to the quality of our work.