Larson LLP knows that our clients’ cases do not always end at trial. In some cases, our clients need the appellate courts to take a second look at the trial court’s decision; in other cases, our clients have obtained trial court victories that are up on appeal. In either event, appellate practice requires a particular skill set focused on sophisticated legal analysis to identify and argue the limited issues on which any appeal tends to turn. 

Our appellate practitioners have decades of experience in federal and state appellate courts nationwide, in both criminal and civil cases. Partner Stephen G. Larson is one of the few attorneys in private practice to have sat by designation as a federal appellate judge on seven separate Ninth Circuit panels. Stephen and partner Kori L. Bell have also argued cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and courts of appeal across the country. As a whole, Larson LLP attorneys have participated in dozens of appellate matters, including the preparation and filing of several emergency writ petitions to the California Court of Appeal. Many of the firm’s attorneys have also clerked and externed for federal court judges, including judges sitting on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth and Sixth Circuits.

Larson LLP’s appellate experience encompasses matters across the legal spectrum, from constitutional law to antitrust, white collar criminal matters to regulatory disputes, and labor and employment matters to consumer class actions.  We have prepared writ petitions for Fortune 100 corporations and other clients seeking immediate relief under difficult and time-sensitive circumstances. Our attorneys have also drafted amicus briefs for both the U.S. Supreme Court and California Supreme Court in matters as diverse as a dispute involving the reach of federal power over a state legislature, the navigability of Montana’s rivers, and the ability of a County to charge a “transfer tax.” Our briefs have also been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court. Other recent successful results include:

  • Filing a writ of mandate petition on behalf of Ramin Salari which was granted by the California State of Appeal, directing the Superior Court to enter new and different orders dismissing Mr. Salari’s criminal charges in a high-profile corruption case;

  • Achieving reversal of a terminating order in the matter Gianna Breliant v. Warren Boyd; 

  • Convincing the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to reverse a district court’s order and compel prosecutors to return or destroy evidence;

  • Appealing an order denying a client’s anti-SLAPP motion to strike and demurrer; and

  • Obtaining an order affirming the trial court’s decision to grant a preliminary injunction in our favor. 

Given our breadth of experience, Larson LLP attorneys are well-placed to take cases from trial through appeal no matter the result, saving our clients the time and expense of bringing new counsel up to speed on the appellate issues. For that reason, our firm is frequently engaged to replace trial counsel as appellate counsel. In these cases, our trial experience allows us to quickly identify the most material appellate issues and develop a persuasive appellate strategy.