Goodwin's appellate litigators have briefed and argued hundreds of high stakes appeals, securing victories for clients in federal and state appellate courts throughout the United States. Lawyers in our Appellate Litigation practice are experts at working cooperatively as part of a team — alongside trial counsel and subject-matter experts — to preserve and present the best possible case on appeal and maximize our clients’ chances for success.

Goodwin lawyers have established a record of success in every federal court of appeals and in state appellate courts from Alabama to Wyoming. Six members of the group were U.S. Supreme Court clerks, numerous others clerked on the federal courts of appeals or on state supreme courts, and several previously worked in the U.S. Solicitor General’s office, which houses the government’s top Supreme Court and appellate counsel.

Respectfully Submitted: Goodwin Appellate Briefs is a collection of briefs for the matters we’ve handle across multiple jurisdictions and practice areas.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology v. Shire

Goodwin represented MIT and the Children’s Medical Center Corporation in a dispute against Shire Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Shire Regenerative Medicine, Inc. (collectively, “Shire”) for infringement of two patents concerning the production of a three-dimensional scaffolding that would allow pre-grown cells to produce organ tissue in a patient. Goodwin prevailed in…

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American Freedom Defense Initiative v. Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority

Goodwin attorneys successfully persuaded the Supreme Court to deny the petition for certiorari in a First Amendment challenge brought by the American Freedom Defense Initiative to the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s application of its advertising guidelines. The case raised the question of when a public transit authority creates a designated…

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Joseph A. Pakootas et al. v. State of Washington Amicus Brief

Goodwin prepared an amicus brief in the Ninth Circuit in support of Teck Resources, Inc., a Canadian metals and mining company, relating to the types of environmental releases that trigger liability under CERCLA. This case involves the significant issue of whether cross-boundary movement of pollutants into the United States from…

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In re Loestrin 24FE Antitrust Litigation

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in FTC v. Actavis, Goodwin attorneys have been at the forefront of litigating antitrust challenges to settlement agreements between brand and generic pharmaceutical companies. In this case, Goodwin filed an amicus brief on behalf of the Association for Accessible Medicines (formerly…

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Acorda Therapeutics Inc. and Alkermes Pharma Ireland Limited v. Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc. Amicus Brief

Goodwin filed an amicus brief on behalf of its client, Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc., in this precedent-setting personal jurisdiction case. Goodwin lawyers argued (and the Federal Circuit ultimately held) that specific personal jurisdiction exists in patent-litigation cases under the Hatch-Waxman Act in any jurisdiction in which an ANDA filer will…

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Tilei v. McGuinness

The Ninth Circuit appointed Goodwin as pro bono counsel to represent an inmate who had filed a complaint alleging that prison officials were deliberately indifferent to his serious medical needs. The district court dismissed the plaintiff’s complaint sua sponte and denied his requests for appointed pro bono counsel. Goodwin successfully…

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Tilei v. CDCR

The Ninth Circuit appointed Goodwin as pro bono counsel to represent an inmate who had filed a complaint alleging that prison officials assaulted him in retaliation to his complaints about the prison’s provision of medical care. The district court dismissed the plaintiff’s complaint sua sponte on abstention grounds and denied…

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Cutting v. City of Portland

In response to complaints about “panhandling,” the City of Portland passed a sweeping restriction prohibiting use of the City’s streets and traffic medians for First Amendment activities. Goodwin partnered with the ACLU of Maine to bring a successful First Amendment challenge to Portland’s ordinance. The First Circuit affirmed the permanent…

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