The Firm’s extensive experience in the trial of complex actions is complemented by its appellate practice group, serving the needs of clients at all phases of the proceedings and at the highest levels of the state and federal court systems. Appellate advocacy is an extension (and sometimes an intended objective) of the trial process. The appellate practice group complements the talents of the firm’s specialized practice disciplines to effectively achieve the client’s litigation and business objectives. Appellate lawyers collaborate with the litigation team to tailor litigation strategy and to shape legal and public policy arguments most favorable to those objectives. This collaboration includes framing legal theories, preparing and defending dispositive motions, preserving issues for appeal, and seeking interim appellate relief prior to trial.
The Firm features two lawyers who have been certified as appellate specialists by the California State Bar’s Board of Legal Specialization; there are only about 200 such specialists statewide. The appellate practice group is responsible for dozens of significant published decisions in state and federal courts throughout the country.