Appellate and Supreme Court

The firm's nationally recognized Appellate Practice Group was recently ranked Tier One by US News & World Report in the National, Austin, Dallas and Houston categories in its 2017 edition of Best Lawyers in America. Our team has also been named to both National Law Journal's 2014 Appellate Hot List and Law360's Appellate Practice Groups of the Year for 2014. Our appellate lawyers have an exceptional depth and breadth of experience to draw upon in representing clients throughout the trial and appellate process in both state and federal courts. They have handled appeals and assisted at trial in a wide range of substantive areas, from traditional breach of contract and tort disputes to complex securities, tax and white collar criminal cases.

Appellate Lawyers

Baker Botts appellate lawyers have represented clients before the United States Supreme Court as lead counsel in six merits cases since 2010.  We have handled cases in all 13 United States Courts of Appeals, as well as numerous state appellate courts in Texas, Arkansas, California, Delaware, Florida, and Oklahoma.

The majority of the 17 lawyers in our core Appellate Practice Group served as judicial clerks, providing them with insight into how appellate courts operate and what arguments are persuasive to appellate judges. Our lawyers have clerked for the United States Supreme Court, the Texas Supreme Court, several United States Courts of Appeals, and various federal district courts. We are also privileged to have a former Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme Court and a former Counselor to the Attorney General of the United States.

Our appellate lawyers also help clients during trial, working collaboratively with trial lawyers to frame legal theories, draft motions, preserve the record, or, when necessary, to seek or oppose interlocutory relief from appellate courts. Many of our appellate lawyers have trial experience, having tried cases to judges and juries as first-chair trial lawyers.