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

  • Insurance Coverage Action Related to Crash of Airplane Into House

    Obtained summary judgment on behalf of aviation insurer in a coverage action related to crash of airplane into house. Prevailed on plaintiffs' appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth 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.

  • Kenyan and Tanzanian Embassy Bombings

    Represented U.S. Government employees injured in 1998 Kenyan and Tanzanian Embassy Bombings.
  • Breach of Contract Class Action Regarding Baggage Fee

    Obtained dismissal of a class action complaint for breach of contract based upon the "pick-off" exception to class certification and established Illinois precedent regarding same. Successfully represented air carrier before the Illinois Supreme Court, which issued a unanimous opinion dismissing plaintiffs' putative class action complaint and reversing Illinois Appellate Court's opinion.

  • Disappearance of Laptop Computers During Air Transport

    Obtained summary judgment for a cargo carrier in litigation arising out of the alleged disappearance of over $500,000 in laptop computers. Successfully defended appeal.

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