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Left to right: Andrew Tulumello, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher; Lisa Blatt, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer; Neal Katyal, Hogan Lovells. Left to right: Andrew Tulumello, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher; Lisa Blatt, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer; Neal Katyal, Hogan Lovells.

The National Law Journal’s 2017 special report features an elite group of lawyers and law firms that posted hard-fought wins at the U.S. Supreme Court or in federal circuit courts. How do they do it? Luckily, these appellate aces offer great advice: Listen to colleagues, answer the question, read good writing and, in oral argument, position yourself like a jazz musician—always be ready to improvise. Presenting this year’s honorees in their own words, edited for clarity and length.

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Lisa Helem

Lisa Helem is the editor in chief of The National Law Journal. Contact her at lhelem@alm.com. On Twitter: @lhelemNLJ

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