Winning on appeal demands clear thinking and a tailored strategy. It also requires special skills. Today’s appellate courts expect — and reward — crisp writing and focused arguments.

The appellate team at Robinson Bradshaw has the experience that appellate work demands. We put our expertise to work in the U.S. Supreme Court, the federal appellate courts and state appellate courts in North and South Carolina. Our team includes:

  • Three U.S. Supreme Court clerks,
  • The most recent solicitor general of North Carolina,
  • Dozens of former clerks for federal appellate judges,
  • Newly minted clerks from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, the North Carolina Court of Appeals and the South Carolina Supreme Court,
  • A state bar-certified specialist in appellate practice,
  • Multiple members and the former chair of the North Carolina Bar Association’s Appellate Rules Committee, and
  • A former chair of the American Bar Association’s Appellate Practice Committee.

Robinson Bradshaw’s appellate team often serves as new or additional counsel on appeal. We help parties who have suffered an adverse result in an earlier court, as well as appellees who seek us out for our skills and experience. We also craft amicus briefs for clients with an interest in pending appeals, including appeals to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Although most clients retain Robinson Bradshaw for the full life cycle of an appeal, our appellate engagements have a flexible scope. We often advise clients on whether an order is appealable and, if so, whether an appeal makes strategic sense. We also serve as pre-appeal advisers during trials and other proceedings that can generate later appeals. In these roles, our attorneys can offer a fresh and dispassionate perspective — a perspective that reflects our experience arguing before and clerking with appellate judges and justices.

Honors & Awards

  • Best Law Firms, Charlotte Tier 1 for appellate practice, 2012-24; Raleigh Tier 1 for appellate practice, 2024


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