Described as “a superbly talented appellate bench” and praised as being “unquestionably as good as they get,” (Chambers USA 2020, Chambers & Partners), our nationally-recognized Appellate Practice Group has earned this recognition through decades of dedication to our clients, working successfully with trial lawyers, and gaining the respect of judges across the country. The reputation extends to all of our appellate lawyers based in Texas, Colorado, California and New York.

With one of the largest full-time appellate teams of any national law firm, our Appellate Practice Group offers more than general appellate proficiency. We have the depth to match clients with appellate lawyers who offer personal experience with specific industries, procedural issues, and courts. Our lawyers have argued appeals before the U.S. Supreme Court, the federal circuit courts of appeals, and all levels of state appellate courts, setting precedents for our clients in jurisdictions from coast to coast.

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 are regularly invited by judges to speak at judicial conferences as the lawyers chosen to help judges stay informed about complex areas of law.

We earn our reputation not only in the appellate courts, but also through our work at the trial level. What appellate lawyers do before judgment is often as important as what they do afterwards. We collaborate with in-house counsel and lawyers at Haynes and Boone and other firms to shape litigation strategy, preserve error, prosecute and defend expert witness challenges, prepare and argue the jury charge, and prepare all manner of legal briefing before, during, and after trial. After a judgment is signed, we use cutting-edge empirical studies to evaluate and predict the likely outcome of the appeal.

Because of our reputation and proven results, clients often hire us at the recommendation of lawyers at other firms who recognize our skill and experience in a broad array of procedural areas, including:

  • Summary judgment motions
  • Jury charges
  • Judgment formation
  • Writs of mandamus
  • Superseding and enforcing judgments
  • Appellate Advocacy
  • Amicus curiae briefs
  • Arbitration-related litigation


Nina Cortell

Nina Cortell Named Among Nation’s 2019 Top 250 Women in Litigation

Haynes and Boone Partner Nina Cortell has once again been included in Benchmark Litigation’s 2019 Top 250 Women in Litigation list, published by Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC. She was recognized in the Appellate, General Commercial and Securities practice areas.



Texas Supreme Court Grants Review of Five Cases Handled by Haynes and Boone

The Texas Supreme Court agreed to hear five cases that are being handled by Haynes and Boone’s Appellate Practice Group. The cases will be argued next fall and involve significant legal issues that are likely to be followed closely in Texas and beyond.


Chambers USA 2020

Chambers USA 2020 Directory Awards Haynes and Boone Appellate Group Band One Ranking

Haynes and Boone, LLP has one of the top appellate practices in Texas, according to the 2020 Chambers USA directory (Chambers and Partners), which awarded the firm a Band 1 ranking.

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