Appellate litigation is a discrete area of litigation that requires particular skills and knowledge. Not only does Conner & Winters have extensive experience in handling appeals in all levels of federal and state courts, but since our founding over 75 years ago, our attorneys have included a number of former judicial law clerks, including attorneys who clerked for United States Supreme Court justices, federal Courts of Appeals and District Court judges, and state judges. We are proud of our strong tradition in the field of appellate advocacy.
Federal and State Court Appeals
Our firm regularly handles appeals before the highest courts of the states in our region, in the United States Courts of Appeals in our area and across the nation, and to the United States Supreme Court. For example, our attorneys recently have appeared before almost every United States Court of Appeals, as well as numerous state supreme courts, from South Carolina to Oklahoma to California.
Our attorneys possess experience in appeals in virtually every area of litigation, including commercial law, energy law, labor and employment issues, environmental law, the federal RICO statute, intellectual property law (including patent and trademark/unfair competition law), federal oil and gas royalties and other areas of public lands law, litigation under the federal False Claims Act, bankruptcy law, American Indian law, and arbitration law.
In addition to handling direct appeals, the firm’s attorneys frequently are engaged or requested by industry groups and others to provide amicus briefing — briefing by a so-called friend of the court — on specific issues in appeals. Our attorneys have experience in providing amicus briefing, which enables our clients to influence the outcome of important issues before our nation’s appeals courts.
In addition, our appellate attorneys have broad experience with appeals involving administrative law issues and appeals before specialized administrative tribunals. We have handled a broad range of appeals arising under the federal Administrative Procedure Act, as well under similar state statutes. The attorneys in the group have represented clients in appeals challenging administrative subpoenas and Civil Investigative Demands issued by the United States Department of Justice. In general, our administrative appeal practice has included handling cases in federal forms including the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the Department of Labor’s Administrative Review Board, the Interior Board of Land Appeals, the Interior Board of Indian Appeals, and the Court of Indian Appeals. Our appellate work extends to state administrative bodies, including the Oklahoma Corporation Commission.