Mayer Brown, a leading global law firm, announced that its Supreme Court & Appellate practice has been named one of the best in the country by The National Law Journal for the sixth consecutive year.

In its prestigious 2013 Appellate Hot List, The National Law Journal recognized Mayer Brown’s impressive record in appellate advocacy. The Appellate Hot List recognizes firms “doing killer appellate work before the Supreme Court, federal circuit courts of appeal and state courts of last resort” between May 2012 and May 2013, the publication said. Mayer Brown has been selected to the list in each year it has been published.

“Mayer Brown has one of the deepest benches in the appeals business,” The National Law Journal said, noting that from January 2012 through the first quarter of 2013, 27 firm lawyers argued appeals, handling 59 cases before 24 federal and state appellate courts.

In its overview of Mayer Brown’s accomplishments, the publication cited three recent Mayer Brown appellate successes:

  • A win in the US Supreme Court for timber industry interests when the Court reversed a Ninth Circuit ruling that runoff from forest roads was subject to permitting under the Clean Water Act;
  • A win for Arkema Inc. in the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit in a case involving the trading of allowances of hydrochlorofluorocarbons; and
  • A win for MKB Bank in Hungary when the Seventh Circuit dismissed on jurisdictional grounds a case in which a group of Holocaust survivors and their heirs alleged the client and three other banks had confiscated the assets of Jews.

The article also noted two examples of Mayer Brown’s prowess in writing amicus briefs: 

  • A brief authored by partner Andrew Pincus arguing that the Affordable Care Act’s mandate to purchase health insurance could be viewed as a tax – a point Chief Justice John Roberts cited in his opinion upholding the Act; and
  • A brief authored by partner Miriam Nemetz on behalf of more than 200 members of Congress arguing that the government has no “legitimate federal interest” in denying recognition to same-sex marriages.

Mayer Brown’s Supreme Court & Appellate lawyers have argued 225 cases before the Supreme Court and hundreds more in federal and state appellate courts across the nation.