Appellate advocacy from lawyers who know what it’s like to try a case.

The attorneys in our dedicated Appellate & Complex Motions practice group combine award-winning appellate success with decades of experience as trial lawyers. Our appellate attorneys routinely win cases against the most powerful private and governmental adversaries.

Court of appeals trial lawyers


  • McCarley v. Anesthesia Service Medical Group, Inc., No. D074353 (Cal. Ct. App. 2021

    Affirming $11 million jury verdict in medical-malpractice case.

  • Nolasco v. Malcom, 949 N.W.2d 201 (Neb. 2020)

    Abrogating the parental-immunity doctrine, which prohibited minors from suing their parents for most torts.

  • United States v. Corrales-Vazquez, 931 F.3d 944 (9th Cir. 2019)

    Vacating client’s conviction for “eluding examination or inspection” because government had failed to prove a violation of the charged immigration statute and vacating conviction of 500 other individuals on same basis.

  • T.H. v. Novartis Pharmaceutical Corp., 4 Cal.5th 145 (2017)

    Recognizing failure-to-warn cause of action against former brand-name drug manufacturers for injuries caused by generic drugs.

  • Tapia v. United States, 564 U.S. 319 (2011)

    Holding that district judge erred by giving client longer prison sentence to promote rehabilitation.

  • In re Contempt Finding in United States v. Stevens, 663 F.3d 1270 (D.C. Cir. 2011)

    Affirming contempt finding against prosecutors involved with prosecution of former Senator Ted Stevens.


The attorneys in our Appellate & Complex Motions practice group have dedicated their careers to the art of translating complex legal issues into clear, easy-to-read briefs that tell a compelling story. Our appellate attorneys have won cases on the biggest stages, resulting in landmark precedent in both federal and state appellate courts, and frequently represent clients in the Supreme Court of the United States.

Clients who come to us at the appellate stage appreciate our ability to refine and strengthen the arguments presented in the trial court. Whether appealing a criminal conviction or defending a multi-million-dollar tort judgment on appeal, our dedicated appellate practitioners handle every aspect of the appellate process, offering clients a true turn-key solution to their appellate needs.

Complex Motions

As former trial lawyers themselves, the attorneys in our Appellate & Complex Motions practice group know that success in modern criminal and civil litigation often depends on winning key motions in the trial court. This requires spotting issues and knowing which motions to file in the first place. Because our attorneys are constantly researching and litigating the latest issues of statutory and constitutional interpretation before the appellate courts, they often spot arguments that can sometimes be overlooked by trial lawyers who are busy developing the facts of their case.

The same skills that have made our attorneys so successful on appeal also give them a tactical advantage when briefing complex motions in trial courts. Trial lawyers who outsource their law-and-motion needs to our appellate attorneys not only free up valuable time, but also get the benefit of some of the best legal writers in the industry and the experience of attorneys who have often personally litigated the controlling precedent being considered by the trial court. Ultimately, by letting us do what we do best, the trial lawyers who hire us for complex motions can get back to doing what they do best.

Ben Siminou

Benjamin Siminou

Senior Partner Civil Appeals and Complex Motions

doug keller

Doug Keller

Senior Associate Criminal Appeals and Complex Motions

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