Appellate

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 four 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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The Texas Supreme Court agreed Friday to hear a case over whether nonprofit Greater Houston Partnership's public funding qualifies it as a governmental body under the state's Public Information Act, and if it is required to comply with a public records request from 2008.

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After winning a verdict for $319 million in damages against a Houston pipeline company, Energy Transfer Partners turned to a Haynes and Boone, LLP team led by appellate partner Nina Cortell to help convince the judge to enter a judgment in line with the jury's findings...

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