Appellate Litigation

When Winning Matters Most


“Blank Rome has an excellent reputation for litigation—
you want this group on your side.”

—Chambers USA

The stakes are never higher than when your case is on appeal.  Appeals require unique combinations of experience and judgment in a rich landscape of multi-jurisdictional law.  The outcome of years of litigation hinges on a well considered strategy, a precisely crafted appellate brief, and one oral argument.

Blank Rome’s appellate practice has prepared strategic briefs and argued in hundreds of federal and state court cases, as well as before the Supreme Court.  We represent amicus curiae before the appellate courts on matters of significant public interest. In addition to appeals from judgments on the merits in civil cases of all types, we have handled venue and jurisdictional appeals, injunction appeals, governmental and public official immunity appeals, discovery mandamus, and petitions for Supreme Court review.

Stephen M. Orlofsky, former United States District Judge for the District of New Jersey, leads Blank Rome's appellate practice, which includes many of the United States' leading litigators and legal scholars.  This distinguished group includes:

  • Edward N. Cahn, former Chief District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • Judge Nathaniel R. Jones, former U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • Judge G. Craig Lord, former Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas
  • Eleven former U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) assistant U.S. attorneys
  • Two former U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) appellate attorneys
  • A former prosecutor in both the Public Integrity and Fraud Sections of the DOJ Criminal Division 
  • A former DOJ Tax Division Attorney, Appellate Section
  • A former district attorney
  • A former assistant state attorney general 
  • Over 150 former federal and state court law clerks

Select Engagements

  • Holeman v. Nat'l Bus. Inst.—Defense of an out-of-state employer against a former employee’s attempt to void non-competition and forum selection agreements, including a successful appeal. 
  • Abdelnour v. Mid Nat'l Holdings, Inc.—Defense of a corporation against alter ego allegations brought by a foreign judgment creditor, including a successful appeal.
  • Representation of numerous Texas governmental bodies and public officials at trial and on appeal in hundreds of civil rights, contract, tort, wrongful death, employment, development, annexation, condemnation and Open Meetings Act disputes.


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