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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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Sixth Circuit Holds That Affiliated Business Arrangements Are Not Bound by HUD’s Statement of Policy Regarding Sham AfBAs
Sherwin F. Root, December 27, 2013
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, which covers Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee, held late last month that real estate settlement service providers whose relationships satisfied the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act ‘s (“RESPA’s”) statutory...

In the wake of the California Supreme Court's Harris Decision, A FEHA Claimant Must Show Discrimination was a "Substantial Motivating Factor" and An Employer Waives its Mixed-Motive Defense by Failing to Assert It in Its Answer
Travis J. Anderson,Gregg A. Fisch, September 12, 2013
It now should be clear to employers in California that the litigation rules are different as to what must be presented in discrimination lawsuits to succeed. Notably, just last week, in Alamo v. Practice Management Information Corp., B230909 (2nd Dist., Div. 7, Sept. 5, 2013), the California Court...

Disfavored Purchaser Loses Robinson-Patman Act and Sherman Act Section 1 Claims Against Favored Buyer
Thomas D. Nevins, August 22, 2013
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently issued an opinion on a rare legal issue: buyer liability for violations of the Robinson-Patman Act. Gorlick Distribution Centers, LLC v. Car Sound Exhaust System, Inc., No. 10-36083 (9th Cir. July 19, 2013). The Gorlick court relied extensively on the...