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.

ACLU v. City of Worcester

Goodwin attorneys partnered with attorneys for the ACLU to bring a series of successful First Amendment challenges to local ordinances throughout the country that restrict speech requesting charitable donations. In this action, Goodwin persuaded the Supreme Court to vacate an adverse decision issued by the First Circuit. On remand, Goodwin…

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B&B Hardware v. Hargis Industries

Goodwin attorneys first became involved in this trademark case at the Supreme Court stage, successfully persuading the Supreme Court to grant review and reverse the Eighth Circuit. The Supreme Court held that adjudications by the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board  are entitled to issue preclusive effect if the ordinary standards…

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