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Led by three specialists certified by the California State Bar, Sheppard Mullin’s appellate attorneys have handled hundreds of appeals, writ proceedings, and motions in state and federal courts throughout California and the United States. When litigation is still in the trial courts, they consult with the Firm’s litigators regarding record preservation, post-trial motions, and strategy. They then use their experience to provide clients with initial evaluations of whether filing an appeal makes sense. And they prosecute and respond to appeals with briefs that are clear, concise, and effective. Their overriding goal is to WIN. They usually do.

Our appellate lawyers have handled appeals in virtually every civil practice area affecting businesses and individuals, including specialized state and federal statutory claims, bankruptcy, and white collar crime. They are particularly adept in seeking discretionary review in the California Supreme Court and the federal Circuit Courts of Appeal. Their reputation as experts in appellate practice is demonstrated by their service as members of California’s Appellate Law Advisory Commission, State Bar Appellate Courts Committee, local Appellate Practice Committees, as well as writing, lecturing, and teaching in the area of appellate practice.

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Appellate Division Panel Issues Ruling Broadly Interpreting New York State Human Rights Law
Ryan Duffy,Lisa M. Harris,Kevin J. Smith, February 13, 2015
On January 14, 2015, in a case of first impression, the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Second Department held that an employee can sufficiently demonstrate his membership in a protected class by virtue of his association with another person - in this case, his wife. In Jeffrey Chiara...

DC Circuit Ruling Confirms Reasonableness Of Resellers Relying On TAA Certifications From Suppliers
Christopher M. Loveland, October 09, 2014
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has issued a ruling bringing to an end the long-running False Claims Act (“FCA”) case filed by relator Brady Folliard and providing useful guidance to resellers servicing the Federal government through the GSA Multiple Award...

DOJ’s FCPA Enforcement Power Gets A Big Boost
Bethany Hengsbach, August 06, 2014
In 2011, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) stated that “[i]t’s not necessarily the wisest move for a company” to challenge the definition of “foreign official” under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”), and that “[q]uibbling over...

Collateral Estoppel Bars Copy-Cat Environmental Plaintiff in New Case After Judgment
Deborah M. Rosenthal,Joy Siu, August 04, 2014
The Fourth District Court of Appeal affirmed a judgment denying a petition for writ of mandate to invalidate project approvals for the construction of a large commercial retail center in the City of Rialto (the “City”) to be anchored by a Wal-Mart Supercenter. The court held that: (1)...

Shedding Light on CFIUS: Appeals Court Holds That CFIUS Review Lacks Constitutional Due Process
Mark L. Jensen,J. Scott Maberry,Robert L. Magielnicki,Thaddeus Rogers McBride,Brian D. Weimer, July 24, 2014
In a stunning ruling issued on July 15, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit held that review by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (“CFIUS”) and the subsequent unwinding of the investment deprived the foreign investor of due process under the 5th...

Appellate Court Issues Opinion on SEC’s Conflict Minerals Rule
Curtis M. Dombek, April 22, 2014
Yesterday, the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued its opinion in the challenge to the SEC’s Conflict Minerals Rule. We have reviewed the D.C. Court of Appeals decision and find that it leaves much of the SEC’s rule intact. It is specifically the requirement that companies...

Seventh Circuit Affirms Lodestar Method to Determine Attorneys’ Fees in TCPA Class Action Settlement
Shannon Z. Petersen,David M. Poell, April 11, 2014
In Americana Art China Company, Inc. v. Foxfire Printing & Packaging, Inc., 743 F.3d 243 (7th Cir. Feb. 18, 2014), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit affirmed the district court’s attorneys’ fees award in a class action settlement arising from the defendant’s...