Appellate

Good trial skills and good appellate skills rarely exist within the same attorney, that’s why Adams and Reese offers a separate Appellate Team — to emphasize our firm’s skill with appellate work and substantially improve the likelihood of success for clients on appeal.

For the past 15 years, our appellate advocates have briefed and argued many cases in federal and state appellate courts, both where we tried the case and where our work began with the appeal. We have profiles on appeals courts throughout the Gulf South region. In each jurisdiction, we have collected exemplary pleadings, including briefs, writ applications and motions. We leverage our attorneys’ past experience and knowledge of certain appellate and trial judges. We stay current on local rules and customs for each jurisdiction.

Our Attorneys

Our Appellate Team gives a fresh and objective viewpoint in the appeals process. We are called on to critique a brief that is already drafted and write briefs from a fresh viewpoint. Some of our appellate lawyers have served as law clerks to federal and state appellate judges. Accordingly, they all understand the profound importance of concise, compelling brief writing. Their perspective enables them to know what persuades appellate courts and what makes an effective oral argument.

Members of our team have contributed to “A Defense Lawyer’s Guide to Appellate Practice” and also serve in leadership roles in the Louisiana State Bar Association’s Appellate Section. Several teach university courses in legal matters.

Core Practice and Clients

We serve a broad spectrum of industries including communication, insurance, oil and gas, manufacturing and government and public bodies. Our key areas of practice include:

Pre-trial Work: developing legal theories and strategies at the beginning of a lawsuit, preparing and responding to dispositive motions at the pre-trial stage.

Preserve Error and Support Motions: advocating to exclude or admit evidence during trial.

Post-verdict: handling post-verdict motions and consulting on petitions for certiorari.

Appellate: writing persuasive, concise briefs, presenting oral arguments, prosecuting appeals from administrative agencies and representing amici curiae

In every appeal, Adams and Reese works to craft a presentation of the legal and factual issues in a way that resonates most deeply with the mindset of an appellate court. This includes selecting which issues go on appeal, reviewing the trial court record through the eyes of appellate counsel, crafting a brief that is superbly written and then, when there is oral argument, presenting a highly effective and polished legal argument.

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Diversity

Diversity is not new at Adams and Reese and is not the work of one individual or committee, but rather the work of our entire firm.  Through dedication, creativity, hard work and leadership of many culturally diverse individuals coming together, our diversity momentum grows stronger every year. Our appreciation of the unique differences among us and how we benefit from the diverse backgrounds, experiences and talents of our attorneys, advisors and staff enhances our service to our clients while it enriches the lives of both our employees and the communities in which we work and live. 

The Adams and Reese Diversity Committee is comprised of Deborah Rouen, Partner and Diversity Committee Chairwoman,  the Recruiting Partner, the Partner for Associates, an Executive Committee Appointee, three Practice Group Leaders, the Chief Marketing Officer and additional representatives throughout the firm's footprint.

Our minority attorney committee also meets regularly with the firm’s Diversity Chairwoman to further develop and promote diversity through events targeted to other minority attorneys, clients and community members. This committee has successfully held numerous minority receptions and events in conjunction with the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, the Bayou Classic and the Essence Music Festival, as well as sponsorships including the Urban League, Diversity Summits, Black Business Networks, Minority Bar Association events, National Minority AIDS Council efforts, as well as endowed professorships and scholarships at historically black universities.

Adams and Reese women and minorities lead by example and share in the leadership of our firm. We are also proud of our women and minority attorneys serving in leadership positions in professional, civic and philanthropic organizations.

Recent Diversity Honors

Adams and Reese is proud of our diversity recognitions made possible through the hard work, dedication and commitment within the firm:
  • Diversity Recognition - Top 200 Law Firms for Women Equity Partners
    American Lawyer Media 2012
  • Diversity Award - Unity Award in Large Company Category
    Biz941 Magazine 2012
  • Diversity Award - Corporate Counsel Women of Color Diversity Award of Excellence
    Corporate Counsel Women of Color® 2011
  • Diversity Award - Commitment to Diversity Award
    Human Resources Management Association 2011
  • Diversity Award - Commendation of Diversity Principles
    Louisiana State Bar Association 2010
  • Diversity Recognition - Diversity Scorecard - Among top 200 law firms in diversity
    Minority Law Journal 2010, 2009, 2008
  • Diversity Award - Encouraging Diversity Award, Finalist Minority Business Awards
    Birmingham Business Journal 2009, 2007
  • Diversity Recognition - Women in Law Firms - Nationally ranked among nation's best law firms for women
    American Lawyer Magazine 2009
  • Diversity Award - Encouraging Diversity Award, First Place Minority Business Awards
    Birmingham Business Journal 2008
  • Diversity Recognition - Top 100 Law Firms for Diversity
    MultiCultural Law Magazine 2008
  • Diversity Recognition - Top 100 Law Firms for Women
    Women 3.0 Magazine 2008
  • Diversity Award - Lighthouse Award - Fostering diversity in the legal profession
    International Paper Legal Department 2006

Events and Sponsorships

Adams and Reese is proud to host, sponsor, partner and participate in numerous diversity initiatives:
  • ABA Minority Counsel Program
  • ABA Section of Litigation Products Liability Committee's "Women in Products Liability"
  • Bayou Classic
  • Corporate Counsel Women of Color® Annual Career Strategies Conference
  • Endowed Professorships and Scholarships at Historically Black Universities
  • Essence Music Festival
  • GE Midwestern Diversity Conference
  • Louisiana State Bar Association Minority Involvement Annual Job Fair – Loyola University
  • Loyola University College of Law Diversity Programs
  • Martinet Scholarship Gala
  • Mobile United Ethics and Diversity Seminar
  • National Association of Women Judges Annual Conference
  • National Bar Association National Convention
  • National Black Law Student Association Convention
  • National Directory of Minority Attorney
  • National Minority AIDS Council
  • National Urban League Conference
  • National Women’s Law Center Annual Awards
  • National Women’s Leadership Council
  • New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival
  • Power Ties
  • Southeastern Minority Job Fair
  • SunBelt Minority Job Fair
  • Vault/MCCA
  • Women of the Year, New Orleans CityBusiness

 

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