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Appellate

One of the first law firms to have a dedicated national Appellate practice, with a team widely recognized for its leadership in raising novel and often intricate questions of federal and state law, Sidley represents clients before the United States Supreme Court, all federal courts of appeals and state appellate and supreme courts.

We bring value to our clients in the following ways:

  • Unparalleled Supreme Court experience. Since the inception of the practice in 1985, the team, including more than 20 former Supreme Court clerks, has briefed over 200 cases on the merits and argued 115 cases before the Court. The firm has represented clients on virtually every type of federal legal issue before the Court. Sidley’s Executive Committee Chair Carter Phillips has argued 80 cases in the Supreme Court—more than any other lawyer in private practice—and is recognized as one of the Court’s premier practitioners.
  • A resoundingly deep bench. Since 2000, eight other Sidley lawyers have argued cases in the Court. Sidley lawyers argued six cases in the October 2013 Term, including three in what the National Law Journal called “Sidley Austin week at the Supreme Court.”
  • Exceptional federal appellate experience. Members of our team have appeared in every federal court of appeals, as well as numerous state appellate courts. Since January 2010, members of the Appellate practice filed briefs in more than 250 cases in the United States Courts of Appeals, presenting argument in almost 60 percent of the appeals. Our lawyers have argued more than 530 cases in federal appellate courts since 1985.

Recognition for Our Practice

Numerous industry publications and guides have commended our advocacy on behalf of our clients, including the 2014 Benchmark Litigation U.S. Awards, in which Sidley was named “Appellate Firm of the Year.” The 2014 edition of Chambers USA ranked the Appellate group in its top-tier of nationwide practices, and the California appellate team among the best in the state. Sidley was named in 2014 for a seventh consecutive time to the National Law Journal’s “Appellate Hot List.” In U.S. News & World Reports’ most recent “Best Law Firms” survey, Sidley again received more first-tier national rankings than any other firm in the country—including a first-tier ranking for our Appellate practice. Sidley’s Supreme Court and appellate work also has been featured in USA Today, Business Week, Legal Times and Metropolitan Corporate Counsel.