Federal Appellate Practice
Federal appellate litigation requires strict adherence to many technical requirements imposed by federal rules and procedures. We will guide your federal appeal to avoid these pitfalls. We know how federal appellate courts function and what approaches persuade judges—more than half of our attorneys have clerked for federal appellate judges in six different circuit courts across the nation.
Our work spans the entire federal appellate process: we consult with clients during and after trial to preserve key issues for appeal; we assist them in staying the enforcement of judgments and preparing post-trial motions; we prepare appellate briefs and present oral argument in the circuit courts; and we assist clients in seeking and opposing review, and in filing briefs, in the Supreme Court. Our expertise is substantial. We have argued in 10 of the 13 circuit courts in cases presenting an array of constitutional, statutory, and common law issues. Peder K. Batalden is the co-author of the leading treatise on Ninth Circuit Practice, the Rutter Group’s Ninth Circuit Civil Appellate Practice. Some of our most recent Ninth Circuit appeals have involved class actions, insurance law, intellectual property, products liability, punitive damages, and unfair competition.