When it comes to representing clients who need to appeal or defend trial court rulings, our appellate lawyers are unrivaled in experience before the Idaho, Nevada, and Washington Supreme Courts and Courts of Appeal. Our experience before the Ninth Circuit is similarly distinguished. We have handled appeals and assisted at trial in many substantive areas of law and have earned an unmatched reputation in appellate advocacy — both in the integrity of our arguments and in the quality and strength of our work.
The majority of our Appellate Practice Group served as judicial clerks, providing us with insight into how appellate courts operate and what arguments are persuasive to appellate judges. Our lawyers have clerked for the Idaho Supreme Court, various United States Courts of Appeals, and several federal and state trial courts. Former Idaho Supreme Court Justice Cathy Silak, who authored hundreds of appellate decisions, first as an Idaho Court of Appeals Judge and later as a Justice of the Idaho Supreme Court, co-chairs the Appellate Practice Group.
Our experience in the appellate courts gives us a breadth and depth of knowledge that enables us to excel at all levels of the appellate process, including providing appellate moot court services and filing amicus (friend-of-the-court) briefs. Our attorneys have successfully handled appeals in business and commercial law, employment and labor law, real estate and contracts law, administrative law (including agency ruling appeals), and medical malpractice law.
The majority of our appellate lawyers also have first-chair trial experience. Having tried cases to judges and juries, we understand the importance of having a comprehensive case plan and are uniquely positioned to help clients during trial by working collaboratively with trial lawyers to frame legal theories, draft motions, preserve the record, and provide representation in interlocutory proceedings.