Our annual Appellate Hot List denotes law firms that made singular contributions to appellate practice during the past year. We asked our readers to nominate firms that earned at least one significant appellate win since January 2009 and that could boast an impressive track record overall. Out of scores of nominees, we selected 20 firms. We recognize that appellate victories tend to be the product of collaborations, and regret that space didn’t always allow us to recognize all the firms that contributed to the outcomes listed below. We’re pleased, though, to welcome a new kid to the list. Yetter, Warden & Coleman hung its shingle in 2007 but has been racking up some significant appellate victories, including last year’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling allowing political subdivisions to escape oversight under the Voting Rights Act.

The firms we honored this year are: Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld; Arnold & Porter; Fulbright & Jaworski; Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher; Hogan & Hartson; Jenner & Block; Jones Day; Latham & Watkins; Mayer Brown; McDermott Will & Emery; Morgan, Lewis & Bockius; O’Melveny & Myers; Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan; Sidley Austin; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom; Weil, Gotshal & Manges; Williams & Connolly; Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr; Winston & Strawn; and Yetter, Warden & Coleman.


Arnold & Porter building banking pre-emption practice
Appellate practices are already highly specialized, but in a string of cases involving big banks sued in state courts, Arnold & Porter appears to be developing a niche within a niche.

Wilmer gave succor to the afflicted
A team of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr lawyers established that prisons must accommodate disabled woman’s right to visit her husband.

Appellate Hot List Spotlight: Carter Phillips
Carter Phillips of Sidley Austin chats with Tony Mauro about Sidley Austin’s Supreme Court and appellate practice.

Last year’s 2009 Appellate Hot List