WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 6, 2010) — The National Law Journal has selected McDermott Will & Emery LLP to its 2010 Appellate Hot List. McDermott was one of 20 law firms recognized in 2010.
"This is a major honor for our appellate practice; all the more so because of the quality of firms on this prestigious list," said Peg Warner, head of the Firm's Controversies Business Unit. "Our appellate practice is succeeding at the highest levels and I congratulate our appellate team on this national measure of excellence."
"McDermott is pleased to be ranked among the leading U.S. firms for appellate work,” said Miller Baker, co-head of Appellate Practice Group. “I am proud of our appellate team, and I thank our lawyers and staff for all of the excellent results we are achieving for our clients.”
The National Law Journal noted that McDermott has twenty appellate litigators that frequently partner with other practice groups such as tax, health, insurance, environmental and ERISA law. Furthermore, The National Law Journal reported that, “During the course of eight of the past Supreme Court terms, the firm's lawyers have served as counsel in one or more cases argued and decided on the merits.”
The Appellate Hot List 2010 highlighted the following cases on which McDermott prevailed over the past year:
• Arthur Andersen LLP v. Carlisle, 129 S. Ct. 1896 (2009), led by M. Miller Baker (argued), Rory Little, Paul Thompson and Douglas Whitney (on the brief);
• U.S. v. Rosen and Weissman, 557 F.3d 192 (4th Circuit 2009); argued by Abbe Lowell; and,
• U.S. v. Memorial Sloan-Kettering, 563 F.2d 19 (2d Cir. 2009), led by Mark Churchill (argued and wrote respective briefs).
The 2010 Appellate Hot List is The National Law Journal's survey of firms that scored at least one significant appellate win since January 2009, plus an impressive track record overall. A "significant win" meant prevailing before the U.S. Supreme Court, a U.S. circuit court of appeals or a state court of last resort when the financial stakes were high or an important legal principle was at stake. Click here to view the article.
McDermott Will & Emery’s nationally recognized Appellate Practice Group, headed by M. Miller Baker and Rory K. Little, consists of highly experienced lawyers in our U.S. offices who have successfully handled hundreds of appeals. Our group includes more than 20 partners who have successfully argued appeals in the U.S. Supreme Court, the thirteen regional circuits of the U.S. courts of appeals, and numerous state appellate courts. Members of this group have served as judicial law clerks at the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. courts of appeals, and U.S. district courts. In addition to representing our clients in their appeals, lawyers in our group also have been retained to file friend of court briefs in cases of national importance in the U.S. Supreme Court and various federal and state appellate courts.