& Levy LLP
Appellate litigation is not like trial litigation. The rules are different, the courts are different, and the process is different. So if you want to maximize your chances of success on appeal, you need a different sort of lawyer. You need representation by attorneys with a deep understanding of appellate practice and procedure, who can bring their refined expertise and fresh perspective to bear on your behalf, both in briefing and at oral argument.
Horvitz & Levy LLP is that law firm. With an outstanding track record of success spanning more than a half-century, we are the largest law firm in the nation specializing exclusively in appellate litigation. Since 1990, we have litigated more than 1,300 appeals in state and federal court, including more than 130 cases before the California Supreme Court.
With centuries of collective appellate experience and knowledge of nearly every area of civil law, our expert appellate attorneys are the key to our success. They know the arguments that will sway an appellate court, and they work efficiently to achieve our clients’ goals on appeal.
For five decades we have handled appellate challenges to some of California’s largest verdicts, often either obtaining reversals or major reductions of the amount awarded against our clients, or sustaining their hard-fought trial court victories.
In fact, we have prevailed in more than 70 percent of our appeals nationwide since 1990, vastly exceeding the average success rate for appeals. And we have achieved particular success in challenging punitive damages awards. In the last decade alone, we have won reversal of more than 95 cents of every dollar of punitive damages assessed against our clients.
A single inexpertly handled appeal can result in adverse precedent that may affect a business or industry for years to come.
Clients around the country turn to Horvitz & Levy for its demonstrated expertise in how to win on appeal. Our services include not only full briefing and oral arguments before the appellate courts, but also consulting on trial strategy, assisting trial counsel in preserving and developing issues for appellate review, preparing post-trial motions in anticipation of appeal, and negotiating favorable settlements pending appeal.
Talent & Experience
It’s not only our size and long-term record of success that sets us apart; it's also the high caliber of our lawyers, and their specialized training in the field of appellate law.
Our attorneys earned their degrees at the nation's top law schools. Before joining us, they received outstanding legal training, often at national litigation firms or in government service. More than 70 percent of our lawyers started their careers in appellate clerkships. More than half served as law clerks to federal appellate judges or as staff attorneys at federal courts. Others have served as research attorneys to state court appellate justices.
This breadth of legal talent means clients don’t pay for training new law school graduates, or for their cases to be staffed with large teams of inexperienced associates.
Technology & Efficiency
Modern appellate advocacy requires the effective use of technology, and our state-of-the art resources enable us to fully exploit our decades of briefing on cutting-edge appellate issues. In other words, when we perform legal research, our clients don’t pay us to reinvent the wheel.
For example, Horvitz & Levy’s brief bank contains thousands of appellate briefs dating back to 1982. We take full advantage of the brief bank though West km®, a software program that integrates our brief bank with Westlaw® and provides real-time updates of the legal authorities in every brief.
We have been pioneers in the use of “e-briefs” in the California appellate courts. An e-brief is a searchable CD-ROM that contains the entire appellate record, legal authority, and briefing with hyperlinked cross-references. E-briefs not only substantially increase the odds that appellate justices and their staff will understand the nuances of a case, but they also allow us to work more efficiently during the briefing process.
We also maintain a password-protected client extranet that facilitates collaboration with clients, co-counsel, and amicus curiae on complex matters.
Horvitz & Levy has received the highest accolades and rankings from our peers, including recognition in Chambers & Partners, Best Lawyers in America®, Martindale Hubbell, California Lawyer Magazine, the National Law Journal, Super Lawyers, and the Los Angeles Daily Journal.
The National Law Journal named the firm to its nationwide 2012 “Appellate Hot List.” The Chambers & Partners 2012 USA Client’s Guide ranked Horvitz & Levy in the top tier of appellate firms in California (along with one other firm), noting that the firm “is highly regarded throughout the state and is the country’s largest civil appellate boutique.” Best Lawyers 2013 ranked Horvitz & Levy as the “Top-Listed” appellate firm in the U.S., with fifteen attorneys listed as Best Lawyers in the appellate category, more than any other firm in the country. Best Lawyers also gave the firm a Tier 1 ranking in Los Angeles for appellate litigation.
In 2013, Martindale Hubbell again identified Horvitz & Levy LLP as one of California’s Top Ranked Law Firms. For a law firm to qualify for this honor, at least one of every three of its attorneys must receive an AV Preeminent rating. Only 222 of the 11,610 law firms in California have achieved this rating. It is a testament to the fact that our peers rank our attorneys at the highest level of professional excellence.