Appellate

WTO attorneys have briefed and argued winning appeals in the U.S. Supreme Court, most U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals, and multiple state supreme courts.

In the past three years alone, Wheeler Trigg O'Donnell lawyers have won appeals in eight federal circuit courts of appeals and two state supreme courts, as well as various lower courts in multiple states. In a recent two-and-a-half year span, from October 2013 to April 2016, WTO won five consecutive, fully argued appeals for our clients before the Colorado Supreme Court. In many of these cases, WTO attorneys handled the cases from litigation through trial, and following trial through appeal.

These results show that WTO lawyers do not quit or lose focus in our efforts to achieve clients' goals through the appellate stage. Because clients so often choose WTO to handle cases from pre-litigation through ultimate appeal, our knowledge of each client’s case and priorities helps us conduct appeals with exceptional efficiency.

Many clients also hire WTO for appeals of adverse verdicts handled by other firms. We understand that careful study of the record and efficient resolution are both important to new appellate clients. From the outset of such engagements, WTO attorneys ask questions and listen carefully to understand how best to serve.

Trial Instincts, Appellate Aptitude
Trial experience sets WTO's appellate lawyers apart. Our extensive trial experience informs our appellate strategies, long before the appellate stage. At the same time, our deep appellate knowledge helps our trial teams preserve the record in all the ways that matter most to appellate outcomes. 

WTO attorneys prepare for every case as if it will go to verdict, and we approach each trial as if the outcome may be appealed. When an appellate lawyer joins a trial team to preserve critical issues, and when that attorney understands how to do so without impairing the prospects for a trial court win, clients come out ahead.

Eighty-four percent of WTO associates have clerked in state or federal appellate courts or federal district courts. Even at the most junior levels, WTO lawyers are steeped in the best practices of appellate writing.

WTO attorneys have briefed and argued winning appeals in the U.S. Supreme Court, most U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals, and multiple state supreme courts.
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