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The lawyers in Jones Day’s Issues and Appeals practice combine the specialized skills of appellate litigation with extensive trial court experience to provide clients with sophisticated legal strategies and advocacy in their most challenging and important cases.

Issues and Appeals lawyers have honed the art of appellate advocacy through dozens of arguments before the United States Supreme Court and countless arguments before federal and state appellate courts. They have mastered trial court litigation through extensive first-chair trial experience. They also regularly consult on legal strategy before litigation is even commenced, and work closely with trial teams to brief and argue complex motions and to ensure that legal arguments are preserved for appeal.

Jones Day’s Issues and Appeals practice includes a deep roster of recognized and able advocates, including 17 former Supreme Court law clerks and 39 former federal appellate law clerks. Chambers USA has observed that the Issues and Appeals practice “has a vast quantity of esteemed attorneys, a healthy amount of Supreme Court work and a strong geographical reach.” Chambers USA went on to describe Issues and Appeals lawyers as “‘masters of appellate advocacy’” who “‘take complicated matters and distill them into clear language’” and are “‘able to absorb the facts of a case in ultra-quick time.’” And Legal 500 notes that the Issues and Appeals practice has “a truly national outlook and presence.”

Jones Day has one of the nation’s premier Supreme Court practices and is consistently one of the most active law firms before the Court. During the 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007 Terms, nine different Jones Day lawyers argued a total of fourteen cases before the Court. These cases addressed issues of vital importance to American businesses, including in the areas of antitrust (Texaco Inc. v. Dagher), employment law (Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., Inc.), federal jurisdiction (Sinochem Int'l Co., Ltd. v. Malaysia Int'l Shipping Corp.), the Truth in Lending Act (Koons Buick v. Nigh), and Fifth Amendment Takings (Lingle v. Chevron).

In addition to briefing and arguing cases on the merits, lawyers in the Issues and Appeals practice regularly advise clients on the likelihood of certiorari being granted and prepare petitions for certiorari and briefs in opposition to petitions. Lawyers in the practice have also written amicus briefs on a wide variety of business issues such as patent law and employment law, and in other high-profile cases including Hamden v. Rumsfeld, 126 S. Ct. 2749 (2006) (claims by detainees at Guantanamo Bay), Gonzales v. Oregon, 546 U.S. 243 (2006) (involving an Oregon statute permitting physicians to prescribe lethal doses of medication to competent, terminally ill patients), and Medellin v. Texas (No. 06-984) (involving claims under the Vienna Convention).

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