Appellate Law

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The Appellate Practice Group represents clients in high-profile cases across the country in state and federal courts of review. We have handled various interlocutory appeals, appeals of final decisions, and petitions. We have briefed and argued appeals on a wide array of issues, such as: class action, products liability, choice-of-law, collateral estoppel, tort immunity,forum non conveniens, spoliation, educational malpractice, breach of contract, and many others.

 We work hard to preserve favorable outcomes in the trial court and, in the event of an adverse ruling, do our utmost to obtain reversal for our clients. The Appellate Practice Group also coordinates with the firm's trial teams in the pre-trial, trial, and post-trial stages to assist with brief writing and issue preservation. In addition to their appellate practice, members of the firm's Appellate Practice Group also actively litigate their own cases in the trial court; this assists them with spotting issues on appeal, and it deepens their subject matter experience to the benefit of the firm's clients.

 

 

Experience

  • Runway Collision at Quincy Municipal Airport, Quincy, Illinois

    Represented airline and flight crew in litigation arising out of a 1996 runway collision between a Beech 1900C airliner and a Beech King Air A90 at Quincy Municipal Airport in Quincy, Illinois. Represented the interests of airline and flight crew in various appeals before the Illinois Appellate Court, the Illinois Supreme Court, and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

  • Kenyan and Tanzanian Embassy Bombings

    Represented U.S. Government employees injured in 1998 Kenyan and Tanzanian Embassy Bombings.
  • Wrongful Death Action of Minor Child

    Successfully obtained dismissal of wrongful death action of a minor based on application of choice of law principals to show that plaintiff did not have standing to bring the action. Prevailed on plaintiff's appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. 

  • Gulfstream G-IV Accident at Palwaukee Municipal Airport, Wheeling, Illinois

    Represented business jet operator in mishap involving a Gulfstream G-IV at Palwaukee Municipal Airport, Wheeling, Illinois. Successfully represented executive flight department and its insurer in various appeals before the Illinois Appellate Court, including obtaining affirmance of favorable jury verdict in wrongful death litigation, reversal of tort immunity finding in favor of co-defendant, and complete reversal of trial court's adverse coverage ruling.

  • Employment Discrimination Case Filed by Professor Against College and Administrators

    Obtained dismissal with prejudice of employment discrimination suit filed by college professor against college and administrators for alleged violations of Title VII of the Federal Civil Rights Act and Age Discrimination in Employment Act. Prevailed on plaintiff's appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

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