Taft’s appellate lawyers serve as lead counsel on significant and high-profile appeals. We have deep experience in federal and state appellate courts across the United States. 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:
- Our appellate attorneys have in-depth knowledge of substantive areas of law and experience with a broad range of industries. 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.
- While a winning decision is our goal for every client, we recognize that some wins take place outside of the courtroom. Our practice group currently includes numerous former U.S. Court of Appeals clerks, state supreme and appellate court clerks, and a former Ohio appellate court judge, giving us unique insight into appellate courts.
- The best appellate practitioners are at once experts and generalists. They have the knowledge to understand complex real-world issues and the general experience to explain those issues in persuasive terms the reviewing court can easily apply. This is what our appellate team does best, combining top-flight legal analysis with exceptional persuasive skills.
- Our appellate practice has repeatedly earned a Tier 1 National Ranking in Appellate Law from the U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” report. Our appellate attorneys are also consistently ranked in such publications as the Best Lawyers in America, Benchmark Litigation, and Leading Lawyers.
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Some of our representative wins include:
- Bennington, et al. v. Aspide Medical and BG Medical, LLC, case no. 1-20-0726, 2012 IL App (1st) 200726-U.
Taft secured a significant win on interlocutory appeal in a series of consolidated products liability matters. A number of plaintiffs who resided in various states sued Taft's client, BG Medical, LLC, in Illinois state court. BG Medical filed motions to dismiss, arguing first that the laws of the plaintiffs’ home states should apply, and then arguing that based on those laws, certain of plaintiffs’ claims must be dismissed. The trial court denied those motions and held that Illinois law would govern the substantive issues all of the plaintiffs’ claims. After granting BG Medical’s petition for interlocutory appeal, the Illinois Appellate Court reversed the trial court’s decision and held that the substantive law of the states where the plaintiffs resided and suffered injury applied to each case.
- Wilson v. Durrani, Slip Opinion No. 2020-Ohio-6827
Taft obtained the dismissal of medical malpractice cases in an Ohio Supreme Court appeal based on the four-year medical claim statute of repose, representing a major victory for Ohio doctors, hospitals, and health care providers. This ruling impacts hundreds of medical malpractice cases across Ohio.
- Florez v. Northshore Univ. Healthsystem, 2020 IL App (1st) 190465
Successfully argued for the reversal of a $50.3 million jury verdict against Taft client NorthShore University HealthSystem, an integrated healthcare system serving patients throughout the Chicago metropolitan area. The case concerned a claim brought against NorthShore and its treaters for their alleged negligence in connection with the labor and delivery of Julien Florez, a minor. Plaintiffs claimed that NorthShore’s treaters failed to deliver Julien by C-section in a timely manner, resulting in cognitive, intellectual, and physical deficits. NorthShore defended that Julien’s injuries were actually the result of a chronic process that occurred long before his mother arrived at the hospital.
- Bradley Ledure v. Union Pacific Railroad Company, No. 19-2164 (7th Cir. 2020)
Successfully argued for the affirmance of a summary judgment decision in favor of Taft client Union Pacific Railroad Company. The plaintiff, Bradley LeDure, brought claims against the railroad under the Locomotive Inspect Act (LIA) and the Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA), following an injury he allegedly sustained while working on a locomotive. The appeal centered on whether the locomotive from which LeDure fell was “in use,” a threshold statutory requirement for liability under the LIA.
- Turubchuk v. Southern Illinois Asphalt Company, Inc., No. 18-3507 (7th Cir. 2020)
Successfully argued for the reversal of an $8.1 million verdict entered against Taft client Southern Illinois Asphalt Company, Inc. (SIAC). The case concerned a negligent misrepresentation claim filed against SIAC years after an underlying case against SIAC arising from a fatal car crash in southern Illinois settled.
- Phoenix Lighting Group, L.L.C. v. Genlyte Thomas Group, L.L.C., Slip Opinion No. 2020-Ohio-1056
Received a favorable opinion from the Ohio Supreme Court on behalf of our client, a lighting fixtures company. The decision ended more than 10 years of contentious litigation. At issue in the case was whether the prevailing party in a business tort lawsuit between two companies should be entitled to an enhancement of its attorneys’ fees award. The Ohio Supreme Court held that the enhancement was improper and modified Ohio law accordingly. Taft knew this was an issue of interest to the Ohio Supreme Court, and tailored our arguments to achieve this favorable result.
- Enbridge Energy, Ltd. P’ship v. Oldcastle APG South, Inc., 2019 IL App (3d) 180060-U
Represented a leading Midwest manufacturer of architectural masonry and hardscape products in appeal of a case involving an oil spill, which the plaintiff said was the result of our client's failure to maintain a water service line on its property. The appeal led to a reversal of the $45 million verdict.
- Centegra Hospital-McHenry v. Mercy Crystal Lake Hosp. & Med. Ctr., Inc., 2019 IL App (2d) 180731
Represented a non-profit health care provider and hospital system in successfully arguing for the reversal of a trial court decision blocking the construction of a hospital in Crystal Lake, Illinois. The case concerned an effort by our client's competitors to block a hospital project in court after failing to block it before the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board, which earlier approved the project. The Taft team convinced the appellate court to reverse the trial court’s order and reinstate the Board’s approval for the project, allowing our client's construction to move forward.
- City of Hammond v. Herman & Kittles Properties, Inc., 119 N.E.3d 70 (Ind. 2019)
Represented owner of multi-family apartment complex in resisting payment of excessive rental registration fees, where city argued state statute restricting fees violated constitutional prohibition against special legislation. Resulted in a judgment in favor of the client from the Indiana Supreme Court.
- Conn v. Bic Graphic USA Manufacturing Co., Inc.
Represented employer in appeal of case involving failure to accommodate and disability discrimination under Minnesota Human Rights Act and retaliation claims under Minnesota Workers Compensation Act.
- Pflugh v. Indianapolis Historic Preservation Comm'n, 108 N.E.3d 904 (Ind. T. App. 2018), trans denied.
Represented developer in appeal of zoning case brought by a remonstrator.
- Ali v. Alliance Home Care, LLC, 53 N.E.3d 420 (Ind. Ct. App. 2016)
Represented home healthcare company in appeal of case regarding defamation and other tort claims brought by a former employee.
- 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.