APPELLATE ADVOCACY


Representation of appellants and appellees in state and federal appellate courts.

Examples of our representation in this practice area include:

• In a nationally recognized case, Sprague & Sprague successfully obtained a ruling from the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania rejecting the adoption of a First Amendment-based neutral reportage privilege and convinced the Supreme Court of the United States to deny certiorari, despite opposing amicus curiae filings by seventeen of the nation’s most prominent media organizations.

• We successfully represented a Pennsylvania county in overturning on appeal to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania a lower court decision declaring a major source of its tax revenue unconstitutional, in opposing a Petition for Writ of Certiorari in the Supreme Court of the United states, and in developing and implementing a program to preserve the tax benefits on remand to the trial court.

• We succeeded in persuading the appellate court to not only reverse a more than $50 million class action judgment against our client, a large multinational manufacturer, but also to order the trial court to decertify the class.

• In another nationally recognized case, we obtained on behalf of our client, a Pennsylvania county, reversal of a federal district court ruling on a habeas corpus petition. As a result of our successful representation in the federal court of appeals, a convicted murderer was returned to prison where she remains today.

• An intermediate appellate court voided a special purpose tax intended to fund a major public facility in the largest city in a Pennsylvania county. The city, the county, and the authority charged with building the facility engaged Sprague & Sprague to appeal to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, where we successfully obtained a reversal of the intermediate appellate court and a complete victory for our clients on remand to the trial court.

• The Firm successfully represented before a federal court of appeals a male victim of sex discrimination by an Ivy League university in its hiring for an NCAA Division I head coach position.

• Acting pro bono, we obtained a ruling from the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania canceling elections for the offices of Justice of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania and Judge of the Superior Court of Pennsylvania on the basis that the elections had been illegally scheduled in violation of the Pennsylvania Constitution.

• [add more recent case – maybe Dougherty v Pepper?]





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