Appellate advocacy demands a distinctive combination of strategic judgment, careful analysis, and outstanding written and oral advocacy skills. Appellate judges are generalists. To be effective, appellate advocates must translate highly technical subject matter into language and concepts that a non-specialist can understand. And because an appeal is framed by the trial court's findings of fact and conclusions of law, the issues on appeal may differ significantly from the ones that trial counsel thought they were litigating.
Our Supreme Court and Appellate Litigation team has represented clients in scores of complex civil and criminal appeals in all federal courts of appeals and in state appellate tribunals. Our lawyers have argued dozens of cases before the Supreme Court, as well as cases in every circuit court of appeals. We honed our experience in some of the most complex areas of the law, including federal and state taxation, employee benefits and ERISA, government contracts, international business, criminal defense, and federal preemption. The breadth of our representations has made us sensitive to the issues facing appellate judges with wide-ranging case loads and equipped us to get up to speed quickly and to handle effectively any kind of issue at the appellate level.
Our appellate advocacy focuses not just on excellence, but also on delivering results, and the many victories we have won for our clients demonstrate the strength of our advocacy. In our most recent merits case in the Supreme Court, our client prevailed by a 9-0 vote. And on three different occasions, we have persuaded a court of appeals to reverse an unfavorable trial court decision and then persuaded the Supreme Court to deny the United States' ensuing petition for certiorari. These rare victories in the face of the deference the Court usually pays to the Solicitor General's certiorari petitions attest both to the persuasiveness of our arguments and to the consistent quality of our work.
Our clients include some of the world's largest U.S. and foreign-based corporations, trade associations, industry coalitions, individuals, and public interest groups. Clients hire us for our experience, our ability to handle the most sophisticated matters, and our record of achievement in court. They also appreciate the size and wide range of experience of our team, which ensures hands-on involvement in each appeal by senior lawyers with considerable personal experience in appellate courts.
In addition to serving as lead counsel in appeals, our team is also regularly engaged to revise appellate briefs prepared initially by other counsel and to provide skilled advice on Supreme Court or appellate strategy and procedure in important cases. We often provide advice to counsel at the trial level, including strategic guidance at the early stages of a case. Our team advises in framing legal theories, shaping important statutory or constitutional issues, and preserving issues for appeal with an eye to subsequent appellate consideration.