The successful pursuit or defense of an appeal does not begin after the lower-court or jury reaches a verdict. It starts as soon as a dispute is formalized into legal action, when experienced legal counsel has a prime opportunity to develop pre- and post-trial strategy, analyze the strengths and weaknesses of the case, and ensure that appealable issues are preserved in the trial record. Under these challenging circumstances, it is particularly important for clients to engage the services of highly qualified and experienced appellate attorneys. Skilled appellate advocacy is one of the hallmarks of Troutman Sanders’ national litigation practice.

We have the experience and insight needed to present a compelling argument to an appellate court at any level. Our attorneys have appeared before the Supreme Court of the United States – in oral argument and on brief – in scores of cases, winning several landmark decisions. Our attorneys also have appeared hundreds of times before the U.S. Courts of Appeals (in all circuits) and numerous state appellate courts. Among our attorneys are former law clerks for federal or state judges, a former state attorney general, two former state solicitors general and a former high-ranking appellate attorney from the U.S. Department of Labor (Deputy Associate Solicitor for Special Appellate and Supreme Court Litigation). Our attorneys have spoken on appellate advocacy at seminars and law schools throughout the country. Our attorneys also serve on select court and bar committees with responsibility for studying and revising the rules of appellate procedure.

We have advocated for our clients in appellate courts on a wide range of issues, including the First Amendment and other constitutional provisions, legislative challenges, commercial litigation, utility rate cases, maritime matters, insurance coverage and bad faith issues, labor and employment, education law, and a host of other matters.

Our appellate practice takes various forms, depending on the needs of the client. We routinely represent parties on appeal after representing them in the trial court. In other cases, we have been brought into a case only after trial. In still other cases, we have filed amicus curiae briefs, so that our clients can be heard on legal issues of importance to them even when they are not formal parties to the case. In addition, our attorneys often assist in preparing other attorneys for oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court, and various appellate courts.

Rankings & Recognition

  • U.S. News & World ReportBest Law Firms: Appellate Practice – National (2013-2017)
  • U.S. News & World Report – Best Law Firms: Appellate Practice – Richmond (2013-2017)
  • U.S. News & World Report – Best Law Firms: Appellate Practice – Raleigh (2017)