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Effective appellate advocacy requires skills different from those needed at the trial court level. Appellate attorneys often must distill a long and complex trial record into the most persuasive and understandable arguments and present them in just one brief and 20 short minutes of oral argument.  

Calfee’s litigators have extensive experience doing just that. We represent both appellants and appellees in state and federal courts of appeals. Our appellate experience includes defending and challenging trial verdicts, as well as raising precedent-setting questions of constitutional and statutory law.  

While appellate advocacy typically occurs following representation of a company’s interest at trial, clients also retain Calfee’s appellate litigators for the first time when a case is on appeal – either to educate other trial lawyers in the appellate process or simply to assume control of the appeal.

We have, on multiple occasions, accepted cases following adverse results at a court of appeals, successfully argued that the Ohio Supreme Court should accept a discretionary appeal, and then won a reversal of the lower court decision.

Regardless of whether we handled a client's matter in a lower court, we work to bring value to our appellate clients by efficiently and effectively presenting each case in the most persuasive manner in the appellate forum.

Noteworthy

Chambers USA Band 4 Ranking (Ohio)

For well over a decade, our Litigation group and individual litigation attorneys have been ranked and recognized by Chambers USA.

In 2019, one client told Chambers USA researchers: "They are extremely knowledgeable and responsive," further adding: "They clearly have our company's best interests at heart." Other sources also comment: "Calfee acts as a true strategic partner and develops strategies that incorporate our business objectives as well as political realities."

Chambers researchers previously reported that sources described Calfee's Litigation group as "highly responsive and their lawyers are really devoted to their clients’ interest. They're thoughtful, creative and they work hard.”

Chambers researchers further noted that peers commented, “The quality is very high across the board; it’s a wonderful group of lawyers.”

U.S.News – Best Lawyers "Best Law Firm" Rankings

Calfee’s Litigation group was selected for inclusion in the 2020 "Best Law Firms" rankings by U.S.News –Best Lawyers in America in several Litigation practice areas.

Benchmark Litigation Rankings

Calfee has been selected for inclusion by Benchmark Litigation 2020 as a "Recommended" litigation firm in Ohio. Several of Calfee's Litigation attorneys have been ranked as Leading Litigators by Benchmark Litigation 2020.

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Chambers USA reported that sources describe Calfee's Litigation group as "highly responsive and their lawyers are really devoted to their clients’ interest. They're thoughtful, creative and they work hard.” 

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