Appellate and Major Motions

A top national appellate law firm, BakerHostetler advises and represents clients in high-stakes appeals.

BakerHostetler’s appellate lawyers are well-respected for their appellate advocacy skills, and our attorneys have received such honors as Appellate Lawyer of the Year in Cleveland for 2013 and 2014. Moreover, we have a highly regarded Supreme Court practice and we are frequently asked to provide testimony to committees of Congress regarding current issues of constitutional and international law. The exceptional work of our appellate team can be seen in the respect and accolades that we receive from clients and within the appellate community. Clients have said that our attorneys are "renowned for their strength in appellate law."

Our appellate team analyzes trial records for legal issues that can be raised on appeal, drafts and reviews appellate briefs, presents oral arguments, and submits amicus briefs. Our appellate lawyers have substantive knowledge and well-honed analytical written and oral advocacy skills that are essential to a successful appeal. Clients appreciate our fresh perspective and critical insight, as well as our emphasis on concise and persuasive written arguments.

In addition to our legal representation in federal and state appellate courts, we also assist trial teams with the identification of potential appellate challenges during the initial stages of litigation. We are often called upon to advise clients on complex issues at the trial court level, and to analyze trial issues strategically to protect the record on appeal or to preserve issues for appeal.

Select Experience

  • Successfully defended Mercy Hospital’s multimillion dollar award from challenges before the Ohio Supreme Court.
  • Represented Ford Motor Company in connection with multiple appellate matters.
  • Submitted an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of long-time client Southern Company in connection with the case of City of Arlington, Texas v. FCC.
  • Submitted an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of National Black Chamber of Commerce in connection with the major civil rights case of Shelby County v. Holder. The brief was widely noted in the media and referenced at oral argument.
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Professionals

Name Title Office Email
Darin R. Bartram Partner Washington, D.C.
Bruce D. Brown Of Counsel Washington, D.C.
Alexander D. Burch Associate Houston
David A. Carney Partner Cleveland
Lee A. Casey Partner Washington, D.C.
Diane P. Chapman Partner Cleveland
Brandon T. Crossland Partner Orlando
Melissa A. DeGaetano Partner Cleveland
Robert M. Disch Of Counsel Washington, D.C.
Breaden M. Douthett Counsel Cleveland
Dennis P. Duffy Partner Houston
Guenther Karl Fanter Partner Cleveland
Marc D. Flink Partner Denver
Paul S. Francis Partner Houston
David M. Friebus Associate Chicago
David R. Funk Staff Attorney Columbus
Joel C. Griswold Partner Chicago
Andrew M. Grossman Associate Washington, D.C.
Erin Bolan Hines Counsel Chicago
Scott C. Holbrook Partner Cleveland
Mark A. Johnson Partner Columbus
Erica Gann Kitaev Partner Denver
David E. Kitchen Partner Cleveland
Gretchen L. Lange Partner Cleveland
John B. Lewis Partner Cleveland
Patrick T. Lewis Partner Cleveland
Thomas R. Lucchesi Partner Cleveland
M. Scott McIntyre Partner Cincinnati
Elizabeth McNellie Partner Columbus
Michael Dominic Meuti Partner Cleveland
Michael J. Montgomery Partner Cleveland
Larry J. Obhof Jr. Of Counsel Cleveland
Lisa H. Pennington Partner Houston
Benjamin D. Pergament Partner New York
Deborah H. Renner Partner New York
David B. Rivkin Jr. Partner Washington, D.C.
Jacqlyn Rovine Associate New York
Glen Shu Partner Houston
John Siegal Partner New York
James A. Slater Partner Cleveland
Michael S. Snarr Partner Washington, D.C.
S. Shawn Stephens Partner Houston
Karen E. Swanson Haan Associate Cleveland
Robert W. Thielhelm Jr. Partner Orlando
Michael A. VanNiel Partner Cleveland
Daniel R. Warren Partner Cleveland
Thomas D. Warren Partner Cleveland

Experience

  • Successfully defended Mercy Hospital’s multimillion dollar award from challenges before the Ohio Supreme Court.
  • Represented Ford Motor Company in connection with multiple appellate matters.
  • Submitted an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of long-time client Southern Company in connection with the case of City of Arlington, Texas v. FCC.
  • Submitted an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of National Black Chamber of Commerce in connection with the major civil rights case of Shelby County v. Holder. The brief was widely noted in the media and referenced at oral argument.
  • Submitted an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of the Cato Institute in connection with Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, a case about the permissible use of affirmative action in college admissions. The brief was relied on by the parties and drew a response by opposing amici parties.
  • Submitted an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of the Cato Institute in connection with the labor union case of Harris v. Quinn.
  • Represented Nationwide in a $43 million appeal judgment, the second largest single plaintiff award in Ohio history.

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