Appellate

Over the last 130 years, Taft’s appellate attorneys have briefed and argued cases in federal and state courts across the country. Due to the depth of our experience, our attorneys know how to navigate a case effectively through the courts. Because of our recognized experience before reviewing courts, our attorneys are specifically brought into cases after trial to represent both established clients and new clients on appeal. 

While there is no formula for handling every appeal, our team is suited for any challenge. Our approach is simple:

We focus. Our appellate attorneys have in-depth knowledge of substantive areas of law. For example, we are experienced in disputes involving contracts, insurance, and anti-trust regulations, as evidenced by our role in the successful results obtained in ATA Airlines, Inc. v. Federal Express Corp. (represented Fortune 500 company in an appeal from a $70 million breach of contract jury verdict); Philadelphia Indemnity Ins. Co. v. Chicago Title Ins. Co., et al. (represented title company in insurance coverage dispute); and Minn-Chem, Inc., et al.  v. Agrium Inc., et al (represented group of domestic agricultural companies on international anti-trust claim). That knowledge allows our attorneys to devote their time to crafting sound, winning arguments.

We work. We are creative and collaborative, developing persuasive arguments that are well-researched and well-written. From start to finish, our attorneys are committed to putting our clients in the best position possible, not only in terms of winning individual cases for our clients, but also in terms of shaping the law in a positive way to assure our clients’ long-term interests. For example, in Corre Opportunities Fund, LP v. Emmis Communications Corp., our appellate team collaborated closely with our corporate client’s general counsel and Taft’s business attorneys to win affirmance in a case of first impression recognizing unique voting rights of corporations under a state statute.

We innovate. While a winning decision is our goal for every client, we recognize that some wins take place outside of the courtroom. Our practice group includes former U.S. Court of Appeals clerks, state supreme court clerks, and state appellate court clerks, giving us extraordinary insight and experience as to the inner workings of and informal procedures in each forum in which we practice.

We take pride in what we do. The best appellate practitioners are at once experts and generalists. They have the expertise to understand complex real world issues and the general knowledge to explain those issues in persuasive terms the reviewing court can easily apply. That is what our appellate team does best, combining top-flight legal analysis with exceptional persuasive skills. Not only are our clients pleased with the wins we have achieved for them, but numerous legal publications have noted our appellate accomplishments and experience. Our appellate attorneys are also consistently ranked in such publications as Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers in America, Benchmark Litigation and Leading Lawyers.

Some of our representative wins include:

  • United States ex rel. Pileco, Inc. v. Slurry Systems (represented foreign manufacturer on breach of contract claims)
  • 5200 Keystone Ltd. Realty, LLC v. Filmcraft Laboratories, Inc. (represented landowner in claims under Indiana’s Environmental Legal Action Statute)  
  • Matthews v. Chicago Transit Authority (represented public transportation company on pension-related issues)
  • ISBA v. Tuzzolino (represented insurance company regarding a rescission issue)
  • Pusateri v. Peoples Gas Light & Coke Company (represented utility company involving the validity of whistle-blower’s claim)
  • Citizens Opposing Pollution v. ExxonMobil Coal, USA (represented major oil company involving an environmental cleanup issue)
  • Powell v. Dean Foods Company, et al. (represented plaintiff in a production liability case on substitution of judge motion)
  • Weems v. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, Council 31 (represented government official regarding an injunction barring the closing of a state prison)
  • Cynthia Simpkins v. CSX Transportation (represented plaintiff in an asbestos case involving second-hand exposure)
  • Michael E. Avery, et al. v. State Farm Mutual Automobile Ins. Co. (represented major insurance company regarding a recusal issue on the court)
  • Bowens v. Quinn (represented former governor of Illinois regarding his parole and pardon powers)
  • American River Transp. Co. v. Ryan (represented plaintiff in a maritime matter)
  • Illinois School Dist. Agency v. Pacific Ins. Co. Ltd. (represented school district agency in coverage dispute)
  • Schmude v. Sheahan (represented attorney in a sanctions matter)
  • Eychaner, et al. v. Theodore Gross, et al. (represented university over the issue of donor intent in creating a trust) 
  • Kipnis v. Mandel Metals, Inc. (represented corporation on breach of contract claim brought by former executive)

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Awards

  • Ranked National Tier 1
    by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® 
    2018 “Best Law Firms”

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