What your appellate lawyers do before verdict is often as important to your business as what they do afterwards.

Our Appellate Practice Group does more than write briefs and argue in front of judges. We plan strategies that solve problems arising when a judgment or decision is rendered in your case. Whether the result is a dismissal, summary judgment, jury verdict or simply an appealable order, we work closely with our clients to formulate the best strategy for reversing adverse decisions and defending those in our clients’ favor.

With one of the largest full-time appellate teams of any national law firm, we have the depth, skill and experience to provide clients with more than general appellate proficiency. Instead, we offer our clients specialized appellate knowledge that matches the needs of their unique case. We are also able to provide advice through the use of emerging technology and cutting-edge empirical studies that our lawyers have used to predict your chances of success on appeal. 

We have argued appeals before the U.S. Supreme Court, the federal circuit courts of appeals, and all levels of state appellate courts and have set precedents for our clients in numerous jurisdictions.

Across the country, we know the judges, and the judges know us. Most of our appellate lawyers have clerked for federal or state court judges, and five are members of the prestigious American Law Institute. Our lawyers have chaired numerous national and state appellate law bar groups, including the American Bar Association’s Council of Appellate Lawyers. We also regularly speak at various judicial conferences, such as the annual Judicial Education Conference, as the lawyers chosen by judges to help educate them.

Since so much of what makes an appeal successful occurs long before it’s filed, we often collaborate with other Haynes and Boone lawyers as part of the trial team. We keep an eye on appeal issues for the trial lawyers, supporting but not second-guessing them, leaving them free to devote their attention to developing evidence and persuading juries and judges.

In fact, clients often hire us upon the recommendation of lawyers at other firms who recognize our skill and experience in various procedural areas, including:

  • Summary judgments
  • Expert witness challenges
  • Jury charges
  • Arbitration-related litigation
  • Writs of mandamus
  • Superceding and enforcing judgments
  • Attorneys' fees
  • Amicus curiae briefs


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M.C Sungaila in Law360: High Court's Spokeo Punt Sets Bar For Class Action Injuries

The U.S. Supreme Court shut down consumers' efforts to sue businesses for technical violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act and other consumer protection statutes, but its silence on whether claims against Spokeo fit the bill leaves both sides with ammunition in fights over statutory claims where plaintiffs allege intangible injuries.

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Austin, Texas

What You Need to Know About the Fifth Circuit

Haynes and Boone, LLP Partner Mark Trachtenberg will present “What You Don't Know but Need to About the Fifth Circuit” at the UT Law CLE 2016 Conference on State and Federal Appeals on June 10, 2016 in Austin, TX.


Mark Trachtenberg and Will Feldman

Haynes and Boone Team Wins Ninth Circuit Decision for Superior Energy

Haynes and Boone, LLP litigators Mark Trachtenberg and Will Feldman of the firm's Houston office secured a Ninth Circuit appellate victory on behalf of client Superior Energy Services in a long-running dispute over unpaid invoices.

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