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Skilled appellate advocacy is one of the hallmarks of a nationally-recognized law firm. At Troutman Sanders, we have the experience – and the insight – needed to present a compelling argument to an appellate court at any level.

Our lawyers 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 lawyers also have appeared hundreds of times before the U.S. Courts of Appeals (in all circuits) and numerous state appellate courts. Among our lawyers are former law clerks for federal or state judges. Others have served in the U.S. Solicitor General’s Office, as state Attorneys General, as state Solicitor General, and as Deputy Associate Solicitor for Special Appellate and Supreme Court Litigation in the U.S. Department of Labor. This wealth of experience has enabled our lawyers to hone the skills necessary to reverse a setback in the trial court or to sustain a trial court victory against an aggressive appellate challenge.

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, 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 – and we know that a winning appellate case often begins at the trial court level. In other cases, we have been brought into a case only after trial, whether to reverse a loss or preserve a victory. 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. And, our attorneys have been repeatedly called upon to assist in preparing other attorneys for oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court, and various appellate courts.



William H. Hurd