Practice Areas

Appellate

WTO attorneys have briefed and argued winning appeals in the U.S. Supreme Court, most U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals, and multiple state supreme courts.

In the past three years, Wheeler Trigg O'Donnell lawyers have won appeals in eight federal circuit courts of appeals and two state supreme courts, as well as various lower courts in multiple states. In many of these cases, WTO attorneys handled the cases from litigation through trial, and following trial through appeal. 

Many clients also hire WTO for appeals of adverse verdicts handled by other firms. We understand that careful study of the record and efficient resolution are both important to new appellate clients. From the outset of such engagements, WTO attorneys ask questions and listen carefully to understand how best achieve success for our clients.

Trial Instincts, Appellate Aptitude
Trial experience sets WTO's appellate lawyers apart. Our extensive trial experience informs our appellate strategies, long before the appellate stage. At the same time, our deep appellate knowledge helps our trial teams preserve the record in all the ways that matter most to appellate outcomes. 

WTO attorneys prepare for every case as if it will go to verdict, and we approach each trial as if the outcome may be appealed. When an appellate lawyer joins a trial team to preserve critical issues, and when that attorney understands how to do so without impairing the prospects for a trial court win, clients come out ahead.

Eighty-four percent of WTO associates have clerked in state or federal appellate courts or federal district courts. Even at the most junior levels, WTO lawyers are steeped in the best practices of appellate writing.

WTO attorneys have briefed and argued winning appeals in the U.S. Supreme Court, most U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals, and multiple state supreme courts.
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