Jenner & Block

Jenner & Block

Jenner & Block has a highly successful appellate practice, and is widely recognized as one of the preeminent Supreme Court law firms in the country. Our nationally acclaimed appellate attorneys have argued numerous cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, including 22 Supreme Court arguments in the past nine terms, and the Firm also possesses an extensive amicus practice before the Court.

The cases argued by the Firm have long been among the most significant. Two very recent cases involved the constitutionality of voter identification laws and the constitutionality of lethal injection. Our landmark victories have included Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. v. Grokster, Ltd. (2005) (addressing secondary liability of Internet file-sharing services), General Dynamics Land Systems v. Cline (2004) (addressing whether the Age Discrimination in Employment Act prohibits favoring older workers over younger ones), Wiggins v. Smith (2003) (addressing standards for effective counsel in the death penalty sentencing phase), and Lawrence v. Texas (2003) (holding all sodomy laws unconstitutional).

Our attorneys handle appeals in state and federal courts, both in cases in which we represented a party in the lower court and in cases where we have been brought in specifically for our appellate and Supreme Court proficiency. The Firm has been appellate counsel for a wide variety of clients, presenting a range of constitutional, statutory, and common law claims and defenses.

In 2010, for the second year in a row, Jenner & Block was named to The National Law Journal's "Appellate Hot List," in recognition of our "stellar record in appellate advocacy" and involvement in "the most important appeals of the year." Our Appellate and Supreme Court practice has also been consistently recognized in Chambers USA among the nation’s foremost appellate law practices. Chambers acknowledged the Firm’s "impressive number of cases before the Supreme Court" and praised our appellate practitioners' "depth of experience, energy and creativity," their "carefully honed arguments," and "strategies that always contain new and fresh perspectives."

The Appellate and Supreme Court practice includes numerous former U.S. Supreme Court clerks, U.S. Court of Appeals clerks and state appellate court clerks, members of the bars of every U.S. Court of Appeals, and members of state bars throughout the country. The Firm does highly significant work in this area in all four of its offices in Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington, DC and New York.

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