Appellate

Quarles & Brady attorneys have handled over 500 appeals in the past 15 years, in reviewing courts across the country, at every level of the state and federal systems, including arguments before the United States Supreme Court.

Appeals are key decision points in litigated cases. Whether you’re on the winning or losing side in the lower court, an appeal means deciding what’s most important and what can be left behind. It’s a time to ask questions such as: “Is it worth appealing? What are the best issues for an appeal, and what’s the likelihood of prevailing? How long will it take, and how much will it cost? And who will my new judges or justices be?”

Quarles & Brady’s Appellate Practice Group offers experienced counsel at those key decision points. Our appellate lawyers have handled appeals at every level of the state and federal systems. At the outset of the process, they offer a fresh perspective on which issues to pursue—or abandon. They provide guidance to navigate appellate rules and procedure and on how to best construct briefs, conduct moot courts, and present an effective oral argument. They work closely with trial counsel in virtually any area of practice involving litigation and do so in reviewing courts across the country.

Our Appellate Practice Group serves most any client involved in litigation of any sort, whether in state or federal court or before an administrative tribunal. In recent years, we have represented clients in, among other matters, appeals relating to bankruptcy and secured lending, contract disputes between businesses, employment and labor law, environmental law, federal taxation, intellectual property, product liability, and trusts & estates. Our experience is national, with particular depth in the courts of Arizona, Illinois, and Wisconsin as well as the Seventh, Ninth, and Federal Circuits. Our resources include 23 attorneys who have clerked for appellate judges at the federal and state level.

Our appellate lawyers also recognize that continuing to litigate doesn’t always make sense. They have extensive experience in negotiating settlements when a case reaches the appeals stage, and they stand ready to provide “second opinions” as to the merits of pursuing an appeal.

Finally, our appellate team counsels clients in soliciting amicus briefs and collaborating with amicus parties in high-priority cases, where jurists seek input from these “friends of the court.” An effective amicus brief complements the legal arguments made by the parties, and our Appellate Practice Group knows what courts are—and aren’t—looking for in these submissions.