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Mayer Brown announced that it has been named to the National Law Journal (NLJ)’s 2019 “Appellate Hot List,” which recognized 25 law firms for their success before the US Supreme Court and federal appeals courts. Mayer Brown has been selected every year since the list’s inception. (View profile.)

During the US Supreme Court’s 2018-2019 term, Mayer Brown’s Supreme Court & Appellate lawyers argued eight cases before the Court—more than any other firm. The firm’s Supreme Court caseload included a diverse array of matters, from employment to environmental disputes, that were closely followed by the business sector.

In its profile of Mayer Brown’s recent appellate accomplishments, the NLJ highlighted the firm’s win in Lamps Plus, Inc. v. Varela, in which the US Supreme Court held that under the Federal Arbitration Act an ambiguous agreement does not provide the necessary contractual basis to compel class arbitration. This judgement not only makes it less likely that businesses will be subjected to unwanted class arbitration but also marked the fourth significant victory that Mayer Brown has earned over the last eight years before the Supreme Court on arbitration issues arising under the Federal Arbitration Act.

According to Nicole Saharsky, a co-leader of Mayer Brown’s Supreme Court & Appellate practice, the firm’s appellate success over the past year can be attributed to the practice’s breadth and depth. “In each case, we put together the best team from within the firm and dug in to the facts and the law to present the best possible case through the briefs and oral arguments…It feels good to work hand-in-hand with clients to solve some of their most pressing problems,” Ms. Saharsky told the publication.

Mayer Brown lawyers have argued more than 250 cases before the US Supreme Court and hundreds more in federal and state appellate courts across the nation.