Appellate

Described by Chambers USA 2020 as “a superbly talented appellate bench” and praised as being “unquestionably as good as they get,” Haynes and Boone’s Appellate Practice Group earned a Band 1 rating in 2020 in Chambers’ first-ever ranking of Texas appellate groups.

In addition to the Band 1 group rating, the 2020 Chambers USA directory ranked eight of Haynes and Boone’s appellate litigators as leaders in Texas, and ranked one, Nina Cortell, as the top-ranked appellate lawyer in the state.

With one of the largest full-time appellate teams of any national law firm, our nationally-recognized Appellate Practice Group earned this recognition through decades of dedication to our clients, our collaborative work with trial lawyers, by earning the respect of judges across the country, and by precedent-making victories in bet-the-company appeals.

Most of our appellate lawyers have clerked for federal or state court judges, and four are members of the prestigious American Law Institute. Our lawyers have chaired national and state appellate law bar groups, including the American Bar Association’s Council of Appellate Lawyers and the State Bar of Texas Appellate Section, and one is a former president of the State Bar. Three of our lawyers have been selected by the Texas Bar Foundation as winners of the Gregory S. Coleman Outstanding Appellate Lawyer Award (in 2015, 2016, and 2019). We also are regularly invited by judges to speak at judicial conferences as the lawyers chosen to help judges stay informed about complex areas of law.

What appellate lawyers bring to the table before judgment is entered is often as important as what they do afterwards. We collaborate to help shape litigation strategy, preserve error, prosecute and defend expert witness challenges, prepare and argue the jury charge, and prepare all manner of legal briefing before, during, and after trial. After a judgment is entered, we use cutting-edge empirical studies we conceived and conducted to evaluate the likely outcome of the appeal and guide our appellate strategy.

Thanks to our reputation and proven results, clients often hire us at the recommendation of lawyers at other firms who recognize our skill, experience and collaborative approach in the trial and appellate courts.

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