Appellate Litigation


“…renowned for its expertise in appellate matters.”

— Chambers USA

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

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. 

Our team has led appeals on the merits in many types of civil cases, and we have handled venue and jurisdictional appeals, injunction appeals, governmental and public official immunity appeals, discovery mandamus, and petitions for Supreme Court review.

In addition, we have collaborated with Thomson Reuters Practical Law to develop practice note resources on civil appeals in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, which are available for our clients and readers here. Thomson Reuters’ members are also able to download these resources through our Firm’s published Contributor Page.

What Sets Us Apart

With a deep bench led by Stephen M. Orlofsky, former United States District Judge for the District of New Jersey, our team includes many of the United States’ leading litigators and legal scholars, including former Judges, U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) assistant U.S. attorneys, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) appellate attorneys, district attorneys, and federal and state court law clerks.

Recent recognitions include:

  • Law360 named Blank Rome a 2017 “Pennsylvania Powerhouse” and recognized “its prolific national litigation practice and deep bench strength.”
  • Ranked Tier 1 in 2023 U.S. News & World Report–Best Lawyers® (Woodward/White, Inc.) national ranks for Commercial Litigation, Banking and Finance, Bankruptcy, and White Collar Litigation. Also highly ranked nationally for Patent, Securities, Environmental, Tax Law, and Labor & Employment.
  • Chambers USA editors have stated that Blank Rome has a:
    • “Significant commercial litigation practice, offering sought-after representation across a range of cases including securities, antitrust, environmental, construction and cybersecurity disputes. Further highlighted for its federal appellate work and for its experience in class action defense.”
  • Chambers USA editors further remark:
    • “The litigation team was excellent. Each of the lawyers brought a very interesting element to the team and they blended together well. They were great and I would highly recommend them!"


  • 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 government 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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