winning appeals



Dorsey has a long-standing reputation for effective and successful advocacy in the appellate courts. We have substantial experience and a track record of success in all levels and varieties of federal and state courts of appeals, including the United States Supreme Court, federal circuit courts and state supreme and intermediate appellate courts. Our attorneys include veteran appellate practitioners, former appellate law clerks, and members of appellate bar associations.

The appellate expertise and outstanding trial skills of Dorsey lawyers allows us to litigate any case from the trial court up to the highest court in the land. Our appellate capabilities are enhanced by our ability to tap into the deep knowledge and experience of all our diverse practice and industry groups across the firm.

Our ability to help clients develop and execute an effective appellate strategy extends to all phases of the appeal.

Merits Briefing and Oral Argument + -
Petitions for Discretionary Review + -
Amicus Briefs + -
District Court Strategy and Appeal Assessment + -


Representative Matters 

  • Secured a unanimous decision from the United States Supreme Court after successfully petitioning the Court for a writ of certiorari on behalf of a foreign state-owned railway regarding the interpretation of the Foreign Sovereign Immunity Act’s commercial activity exception. OBB Personenverkehr AG v. Sachs, 136 S. Ct. 390 (2015).
  • Successfully petitioned the United States Supreme Court for a writ of certiorari and secured a unanimous decision by the Court in our client’s favor on a preemption issue. National Meat Association v. Harris, 132 S. Ct. 965 (2012).
  • Secured judgment as a matter of law for defendant after being retained post-trial, wiping out a $27.7 million verdict – which at the time was the largest personal injury verdict issued by a Minnesota jury in the past ten years, and the third –largest in Minnesota history. Kedrowski v. Lycoming Engines, No. 62-cv-12-9581 (Minn. D. Ct. Ramsey Cty. Aug. 16, 2016).
  • Represented the Arctic Slope Regional Corporation on amicus briefs filed to the Supreme Court of the United States in support of petitioner at both the petition and merits stages in case involving the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act.  The Court concurred with and acknowledged the Arctic Slope Regional Corporation’s amicus brief in its unanimous opinion.  Sturgeon v. Frost, __ S. Ct. __, Sup. Ct. No. 14-1209 (Mar. 22, 2016).
  • Successfully prevailed before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Webster v. Caraway, 784 F.3d 1123 (7th Cir. 2015), after securing rehearing en banc, a rarity less likely to occur than having a petition for a writ of certiorari granted by the Supreme Court, per the Seventh Circuit ‘s Practitioner’s Handbook for Appeals.
  • Tenth Circuit affirmance of summary judgment ruling in favor of our client on Lanham Act dispute. Water Pik, Inc. v. Med-Systems, Inc., 726 F.3d 1136 (10th Cir. 2013).
  • Affirmance by the Eighth Circuit of dismissal of putative class action. E-Shops Corp. v. U.S. Bank, N.A., 678 F.3d 659 (8th Cir. 2012).
  • Seventh Circuit affirmance of district court’s dismissal of ERISA case because the insurers had not acted in a “fiduciary capacity.” Larson v. United Healthcare Ins. Co., 723 F.3d 905 (7th Cir. 2013).
  • Second Circuit holding that the suit against Dorsey’s client, the Republic of Peru, should be dismissed on grounds of forum non conveniens, notwithstanding the State Department’s contrary position. Figueiredo Ferraz e Engenhario de Projecto Ltda. v. Republic of Peru, 665 F.3d 384 (2d Cir. 2011).
  • Affirmance by the Third Circuit of the dismissal of a putative class action on Article III standing grounds. Reilly v. Ceridian Corp., 664 F.3d 38 (3d Cir. 2011).
  • Composed and filed an amicus brief on behalf of the National Congress of American Indians and Native American Finance Officers Association in support of petitions for a writ of certiorari that were granted by the United States Supreme Court. Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians v. Patchak & Salazar v. Patchak, Nos. 11-246 & 11-247 (Sup. Ct.).
  • Filed an amicus brief to the United States Supreme Court on the merits in support of Respondents in Bowman v. Monsanto, No. 11-796 (Sup. Ct.). The Court delivered a unanimous opinion for Respondent, consistent with our client’s interests.  



Steven Wells
Practice Group Co-Chair
Timothy Droske
Practice Group Co-Chair

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