Appellate Group

Whether you are seeking to reverse an adverse judgment, or to defend a favorable judgment, Fishman Haygood’s appellate lawyers understand that the most important ruling in your case will be the last one.

Fishman Haygood regularly handles appeals in federal and state courts, representing plaintiffs and defendants across many substantive subject areas at various stages of pre-trial and trial dispositions, in review of administrative proceedings, and, as part of our pro bono commitment, in select immigration and post-conviction proceedings. Fishman Haygood’s counsel have taken on cases once they are already on appeal, and also assist trial teams in pre-trial proceedings and at trial to ensure the proper positioning and preservation of appellate issues.

Firm counsel Tad Bartlett has brought a long and deeply developed appellate practice and knowledge to head the firm’s appellate group. After clerking for the Hon. James L. Dennis on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, Tad continued to develop an appellate-focused practice, assisting clients on appellate matters in all Louisiana state courts, as well as in matters before the U.S. Second, Fifth, Seventh, and Ninth Circuits, and in certiorari practice before the U.S. Supreme Court. Among other positive results for his clients, Tad has achieved a reversal of appellate and trial court decisions at the Louisiana Supreme Court on an expedited review of an adverse judgment against a major sports league; the reversal by the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals of an order decertifying a class on a Rule 23(f) appeal; and the reversal of summary judgment by the Louisiana Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal on a novel question of duty owed by pipeline companies in a wetlands-loss case. Tad keeps a semi-daily blog, “Take the Fifth,” summarizing every decision released by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and keeping monthly and annual compilations of statistics from Fifth Circuit decisions. He is frequently sought for analysis on Fifth Circuit appellate issues by the national legal press.

Partner Jason Burge served as a judicial law clerk for the Hon. Jerry E. Smith of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and often represents clients in appeals in the U.S. Second, Fifth, and Ninth Circuits, as well as all Louisiana state courts of appeal. Jason’s appellate work has spanned the spectrum from bankruptcy, to both plaintiff and defendant class action issues, to banking law, to complex commercial disputes.

Partner Kerry Miller clerked for Judge Dennis at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. His diverse litigation practice includes appellate representation in federal and state courts involving environmental, industrial failure, construction, commercial litigation, and insurance coverage matters.

In addition to U.S. Fifth Circuit Judges Dennis and Smith, Fishman Haygood’s appellate team can draw from the experience and knowledge of firm attorneys who served as judicial clerks for Hon. John Minor Wisdom, Hon. John Duhé, and Hon. Edith Clement. Just as important in the appellate representation are attorneys who have a deep knowledge of the development of a record and the authoring of decision rationale at the trial courts, and the firm’s appellate team includes partners Molly Wells (former clerk for Hon. Carl J. Barbier, Eastern District for Louisiana), Mike Dodson (former clerk for Hon. W. Harold Albritton, III, Middle District of Alabama), and Rebekka Veith (former clerk for Hon. Dee D. Drell, Western District of Louisiana).

Because every appellate need is unique, Fishman Haygood’s attorneys welcome the opportunity to engage in this representation in a variety of fee contexts, including hourly, various flat-fee arrangements, and contingency-fee arrangements.

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