Appellate Law

Throughout our history we have briefed and argued complex appeals in the United States Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit, the Connecticut Supreme Court and the Supreme Court of the United States. David has been named Lawyer of the Year in Appellate Law in New Haven by the peer-reviewed publication Best Lawyers in America. The firm's appellate victories include complex cases in the areas of employment law, class action law and wrongful death, among others.

Other lawyers and firms often turn to us to handle appeals in important cases and to represent them directly in appeals ranging from requests for attorneys' fees to issues involving sanctions. When a group of more than 40 law professors at Yale Law School asserted their First Amendment rights in the face of the military's Don't Ask Don't Tell policy, they asked David, along with a leading New York firm, to represent them. In Padilla v. Rumsfeld, we were the principal authors of an amicus curiae brief on behalf of experts in International Law and the laws of other nations. We also have prepared amicus curiae briefs in many cases, including, among other cases, on behalf of America's leading school for the blind in the case requiring the U.S. Government to make our currency readable by the blind; on behalf of the principal constitutional drafter in the case establishing a right to an adequate education under Connecticut's Constitution; and on behalf of Mothers Against Drunk Driving in a case involving the responsibility of bars and restaurants not to serve intoxicated customers. David has taught appellate advocacy to both lawyers and law students.

Our appellate practice now includes Hunter Smith and James Maguire. Before joining the firm, both Hunter and James clerked for judges on the United States Court of Appeals, and James also clerked for a Justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court.

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