Our Appellate Practice pairs our persuasive oral advocacy skills, strategic acumen, clear and concise writing, and innovative approaches to solving business needs with in-depth subject matter knowledge in core practices to consistently deliver outstanding results for our clients.

Renowned for our advocacy skills and for our track record of innovation and versatility, we often represent entire industries in cases where the outcome can change the playing field for businesses in that sector. We are top-notch appellate attorneys who are adept at applying our abilities in each situation that impacts the final disposition of a matter. A Wiley brief, whether filed before the Supreme Court of the United States, a federal circuit court, a state court of appeals, or any other appellate decisionmaker, is thoughtful, crisp, well-written, and persuasive. We are the voice of our client and our work always reflects our client’s values and business goals.

What we do.

Decades of experience and hundreds of cases have helped us create an appellate team whose quality and effectiveness are second to none. And as a Washington powerhouse firm, we have impressive capabilities in appeals of federal agency actions, whether in district or appellate courts.

Our attorneys:

  • Successfully litigate against firms many times our size.
  • Are careful thinkers, highly skilled writers, and talented oral advocates who make arguments that are lucid, precise, elegant, and effective.
  • Are trusted advocates for our clients, with a tremendous record in courts at all levels throughout the country.
  • Have clerked for many of the courts before which we’re arguing, with significant experience in the federal appellate court system.

 Why we are different.

At the core of our appellate capabilities is a deep bench of former judicial clerks and appellate practitioners. Our litigators include more than 50 attorneys who have served as clerks in federal and state courts across the country and several former Supreme Court clerks, along with a broad range of lawyers with substantial appellate experience. Our group is headed by Claire J. Evans, a former law clerk to Associate Justice Clarence Thomas on the Supreme Court, Judge David B. Sentelle on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, Judge Michael Chertoff on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and Judge Jerome B. Simandle on the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.

One of our team’s differentiators is that our lawyers also add significant value to a wide range of matters that are not necessarily appellate cases to start with. By using our appellate knowledge strategically, we can help ensure that the appeal of a case is authoritative and convincing. For example, we:

  • Work with trial teams in highly complex matters to identify, formulate, research, and brief legal arguments to shape and prepare them for appeal.
  • Develop novel, cutting-edge theories for clients who anticipate high-stakes litigation, well before actual litigation begins.
  • Are frequently called in to review, edit, and augment appellate briefs written by attorneys outside of the firm to add our own perspective and substantive expertise.
  • Utilize our appellate capabilities in nontraditional, but highly effective, ways.

Our appellate team has an unmatched track record of combining subject matter and appellate expertise, drawing on the strength of our renowned International Trade, Insurance, Government Contracts, Election Law, Telecommunications, Media & Technology, and other practices, depending on the case. Our “elite cadre of appellate lawyers” (Legal Times) is frequently called upon for “bet the company case[s]” or to reverse a lower court, regulatory, or legislative defeat, as we have done many times. The group often takes the lead for an entire industry on a critical issue in litigation across the country. Wiley’s Appellate Practice also has extensive experience acting as a “private solicitor general” for its clients, moving issues across forums and finding the correct venue and timing for victory.

Effective appellate advocacy can make or break a “bet the company” issue for our clients. Described by The Legal 500 US as “hugely effective,” our team works to ensure that when it really counts, our clients’ potential is fully realized.

Judicial Clerkships

Judical Clerkships

At the core of Wiley's litigation capabilities is our experience. Our litigators include Supreme Court of the United States clerks and more than 50 attorneys who have served as clerks in federal and state courts across the country. A list of their clerkships follows. For more information on individual attorneys and our litigation teams, call us at 202.719.7000.

Supreme Court of the United States

Claire J. EvansHonorable Clarence Thomas (2008-2009)
William T. LakeHonorable John M. Harlan (1969-1970)
Bert W. ReinHonorable John M. Harlan (1966)

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

William T. LakeHonorable Henry J. Friendly (1968-1969)
Gary P. SeligmanHonorable Ellsworth A. Van Graafeiland (2000-2001)

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

Douglas C. DreierHonorable Marjorie O. Rendell (2014-2015)
Claire J. EvansHonorable Michael Chertoff (2004-2005)

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

Frank H. ChangHonorable Henry F. Floyd (2017-2018)
Richard A. SimpsonHonorable John D. Butzner, Jr. (1977-1978)
Holly WilsonHonorable Stephanie D. Thacker (2017-2018)

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

Megan L. BrownHonorable E. Grady Jolly (2002-2003)
Frank H. ChangHonorable Jennifer Walker Elrod (2018-2019)
John E. HowellHonorable E. Grady Jolly (2007-2008)
Gregory M. WilliamsHonorable Jacques L. Wiener (1998-1999)

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

Krystal B. SwendsboeHonorable Alice M. Batchelder (2016-2017)
Roderick L. ThomasHonorable Albert J. Engel, Chief Judge (1989-1990)

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

Thomas W. KirbyHonorable Myron Bright (1975-1976)
Enbar ToledanoHonorable Kermit E. Bye (2012-2013)

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Tatiana SainatiHonorable M. Margaret McKeown (2015-2016)
Wesley E. WeeksHonorable Andrew J. Kleinfeld (2013-2014)
Scott B. WilkensHonorable Raymond C. Fisher (2002-2003)

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Lukman S. AzeezHonorable Evan J. Wallach (2014-2016)
Scott M. McCalebHonorable Haldane Robert Mayer
Lawrence M. SungHonorable Raymond C. Clevenger III (1993-1995)
Mary SylviaHonorable Raymond C. Clevenger III (1995)
Brian WalshHonorable Daniel M. Friedman (2006-2007)

U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

Jeremy J. BroggiHonorable Gregory G. Katsas (2018)
Bethany A. CorbinHonorable Robert L. Wilkins (2016-2017)
Claire J. EvansHonorable David B. Sentelle (2007-2008)
Stephen J. ObermeierHonorable Karen LeCraft Henderson (2006-2007)
Krystal B. Swendsboe
David H. TopolHonorable A. Raymond Randolph (1992-1993)

U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

Moshe B. BroderHonorable James E. Boasberg (2015)
Jeremy J. BroggiHonorable Richard J. Leon (2016-2017)
Rebecca J. FiebigHonorable John M. Facciola (2008-2009)
Kevin B. MuhlendorfHonorable John M. Facciola (1999-2000)

U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona

Duane C. PozzaHonorable Roslyn O. Silver (2002-2003)

U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland

Kimberly A. AshmoreHonorable Deborah K. Chasanow (2005-2006)
Matthew J. GardnerHonorable J. Frederick Motz (2000-2001)
Eve Klindera ReedHonorable Marvin J. Garbis (1999-2000)

U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey

Claire J. EvansHonorable Jerome B. Simandle (2002-2004)

U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina

Antonio J. ReynoldsHonorable Margaret B. Seymour

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

J. Ryan FrazeeHonorable Edward Smith (2016)
Frank ScadutoHonorable Cynthia M. Rufe

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia

Attison L. Barnes, IIIHonorable W. Curtis Sewell (1989-1990)
Rebecca L. SaittaHonorable Barry R. Poretz (2003-2004)
Krystal B. SwendsboeHonorable Mark S. Davis (2015-2016)

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

Philip J. DavisHonorable Bernard M. Decker (1973-1974)
Peter S. HyunHonorable Suzanne B. Conlon (2007-2008)
Enbar ToledanoHonorable Edmond E. Chang (2014-2015)

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas

Grace Caroline MahanHonorable Nancy M. Koenig (2015)

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas

Cara Tseng DuffieldHonorable Nancy F. Atlas (2000-2001)
Hannah J. MillerHonorable J. Scott Hacker (2019)

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia

Madeline J. CohenHonorable Robert C. Chambers (2014-2015)
Richard W. SmithHonorable Joseph R. Goodwin (1998-1999)
Holly WilsonHonorable Joseph R. Goodwin (2016-2017)

U.S. Court of Federal Claims

Jon W. BurdHonorable Lawrence J. Block (2004-2006)
Tracye Winfrey HowardHonorable Lawrence S. Margolis (2006-2007)
Adrienne J. KosakHonorable Mary Ellen Coster Williams (2014-2015)
Kevin J. MaynardHonorable Lawrence S. Margolis (1996-1997)
Alan H. PriceHonorable Lewis Specter, Senior Judge (1983-1984)
Tara L. WardHonorable Mary Ellen Coster Williams (2010-2011)

U.S. Court of International Trade

Cynthia C. GalvezHonorable Delissa A. Ridgway (2014-2015)
Maureen E. ThorsonHonorable Donald C. Pogue (2003-2005)

Circuit Court of Maryland for Baltimore City

Nicole M. WelbournHonorable Edward R.K. Hargadon (2013-2014)
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