A Changing of the Guard? (Probably Not But the Evidence is Mixed)

In an article I wrote last year I found several Supreme Court repeat players were much more successful than others in getting the Supreme Court to hear their cases. Many of these “Elite Cert Attorneys” argue multiple cases each term before the justices.  They all have high exposure to all aspects of Supreme Court process and…

SCOTUS Success 2016

Now that the Supreme Court term is over, let the scoring begin.  While this post looks at the most successful firms, litigators, and groups before the Supreme Court during the 2016 term, there are several caveats to note.  First, this post looks at success before the Court as measured by win counts. Second, getting to…

Highly Citable

Attorneys before the Supreme Court have multiple goals.  Whether the ultimate goal is winning a case, affecting public policy, or testing the constitutionality of a piece of legislation, good counsel get the justices’ attention.  How they get the justices’ attention varies.  Some engender attention through their regular experience before the Court while others through the…

Attorneys and Firms in the Supreme Court 2016

The Supreme Court wrapped up oral arguments for the 2016 term on April 26, 2017 with arguments in Sandoz Inc. v. Amgen and Maslenjak v. United States. These marked the 63rd and 64th arguments the Justices heard this term – down five from the 69 arguments the Justices heard a year prior.  While the Court…

Four Takeaways From this Term’s 2016 SCOTUS Oral Arguments

We are experiencing a changing of the guard in the Supreme Court. There has been an usually long period with an eight-Justice dynamic which will very possibly continue on through the end of the Court’s current Term. Without some unprecedented occurrence, President-Elect Trump will nominate the next Justice to the Supreme Court who will likely…

Will the Election Help Normalize Business at the Supreme Court?

Prior to the Presidential Election there was profound uncertainty about the future of the Court.  Before election night many believed Clinton would take the presidency and the democrats would look to move on the Garland nomination or otherwise nominate another candidate to the Supreme Court.  With the Trump victory an entirely new chapter will be…

Taking Stock: New Cases and an Emerging Picture of the Term

With the “long conference” before the beginning of the 2016 Supreme Court Term complete the Court has granted what could be the last set of cases before the Justices start hearing oral arguments next Tuesday (Oct. 4). The Court has two months of hearings scheduled with other cases still lacking oral argument dates. The Court’s…

Cert Filing Leaders

Chambers and Partners regularly releases highly regarded law firm rankings and comparisons. One of these guides compares top appellate firms. The firms detailed in Chambers’ list are top players in the Supreme Court and employ many of the attorneys with the most extensive Supreme Court expertise. While these firms are recognized for their work in…

SCOTUS Scorecard 2015/2016 Pt. 1: Experience is Key

Now that the 2015 Supreme Court is complete, it is a perfect time to inspect the case outcomes.  My previous post examined the winning attorneys from each oral argument.  Many of the attorneys involved are from a small division of firms and groups focused on Supreme Court practice (or from larger firms  with specialized appellate practices) and are…

Oral Argument Winners 2015/2016

Image by:  Carlos Barria/Reuters This week marks the end of the 2015 Supreme Court Term.  There are a ton of data to sort through to better understand the repercussions of the cases and the actors involved.  One way to analyze the data is simply by looking at the attorneys that were most successful at oral argument…

Quick Note: Foreshadowing 2015 SCOTUS Stats

In a more detailed upcoming post I will take a look at many of the significant statistics from this term at the Supreme Court; especially those to do with the actors involved in the cases.  To provide some early results, in this post I have the non-governmental attorney and firm that were involved in the…