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.

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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Actelion Clinical Research, Inc., et al. v. Apotex Inc., et al. Amicus Brief

Shire filed a suit for patent infringement under the Hatch-Waxman Act based on Amneal’s filing of an Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA). In its suit, Shire sued not only Amneal, the generic pharmaceutical company, but also Johnson Matthey, a company that supplies ingredients for generic products but does not sell…

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Teva Pharmaceuticals USA v. Sandoz

For years, the Federal Circuit was divided over the proper standard of review for claim construction, with precedent providing that review of subsidiary fact-findings is de novo even as several circuit judges objected. In this precedent-setting case, Goodwin attorneys successfully persuaded the Supreme Court to review the standard of review…

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Reynolds v. Middleton

Goodwin attorneys assumed representation of a pro se litigant who brought a First Amendment challenge to a Henrico County, Virginia ordinance restricting roadside speech. Goodwin persuaded the Fourth Circuit to reverse the district court’s grant of summary judgment and held that the county’s ordinance was subject to heightened scrutiny. Reynolds…

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