The lifespan of high exposure cases often transcends the verdict or judgment rendered in the trial court. For the attorneys in HBS’ Appellate Practice Group, these events are often just the beginning. Appellate review is the last stop in the judicial process, a process that should protect against arbitrary or mistaken decisions by juries and trial judges. Advancing the client’s position on appeal requires a different skillset and the appellate attorneys at HBS specialize in the art of appellate advocacy. The odds of success on appeal increase when handled by a specialized and experienced group of attorneys who are keenly aware of the rules, standards, and policies upon which appellate decisions turn, the pitfalls and snares that may trap the unwary, and the dynamics of the appellate courts.
The attorneys in HBS’ Appellate Practice Group have argued nearly one thousand federal and state appeals in many types of cases, including products liability, premises liability with catastrophic injuries, medical malpractice, long-term care, insurance, construction, class actions, sovereign immunity and unique issues of constitutional magnitude. The Practice Group’s individual attorneys have decades of experience, and centuries of cumulative experience in briefing, arguing and winning post-judgment motions and appeals. Their insight, advice, and editorial experience are, also, regularly sought by clients and other law firms. Similarly, the members prepare or assist with amicus briefs for national and state interest groups. Members of the Practice Group are also deeply involved in appellate practice committees in state and national bar associations, publish in state and national journals and speak at CLE seminars. Having recognized that the plaintiffs’ bar is protecting its verdicts by retaining appellate counsel prior to trial, the firm’s clients and other law firms routinely seek the Practice Group’s involvement in trials. When “embedded” with the trial team, the appellate team “perfects and protects” the record. Selected by Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, and individuals, by health systems and rural hospitals, and by other national, regional and local entities, the group proudly and zealously represents their clients’ interest in state and federal appeals.