Hogan Lovells Named to The National Law Journal’s Appellate Hot List for Fifth Consecutive Year

WASHINGTON, D.C. 18 November – Hogan Lovells announced today that the firm was named to The National Law Journal’s 2014 Appellate Hot List, which recognizes a select group of U.S. appellate practices “with outstanding achievements before the U.S. Supreme Court, federal circuit courts and state courts of last resort.” Hogan Lovells has been named to the Appellate Hot List each year since 2010.

“We are extremely honored that Hogan Lovells was again named to the Appellate Hot List,” said Cate Stetson, Co-Director of Hogan Lovells Appellate practice. “Being one of the United States’ elite Appellate practices speaks to the combined efforts of our appellate team, which is dedicated to providing outstanding service to clients on a broad range of issues.”

The practice currently has five merits cases at the U.S. Supreme Court, and has recently hired five new lawyers, four of whom clerked at the U.S. Supreme Court (three for Chief Justice Roberts and one for Justice Breyer).

In its selection, The National Law Journal commended Hogan Lovells’ requirement that each lawyer in the practice, including associates, argue at least one case per year, noting that this requirement distinguishes the Hogan Lovells team from other Appellate practices. The publication also highlighted a few particular Hogan Lovells achievements from its many successes over the past year:

Appellate practice Co-Director Neal Katyal successfully argued a case for client Bay Mills Indian Community before the Supreme Court resulting in the Court barring the state of Michigan from suing the tribe for operating an off-reservation casino.

Katyal was also recognized for scoring a unanimous victory at the Supreme Court in Highmark v. Allcare Health Management System, Inc., a case that now makes it easier for patent-holders to obtain sanctions against plaintiffs that bring meritless patent suits.

Hogan Lovells’ appellate group was further commended for earning a victory in New York’s high court in a groundbreaking case involving the protection of journalists’ confidential sources. In a 4-3 decision, the New York Court of Appeals reversed the intermediate appellate decision, quashed the subpoena, and conclusively determined that Fox News reporter Jana Winter will not be required to reveal her sources nor face the threat of jail time.

Finally, the publication lauded Stetson for her work leading an appellate team that achieved a successful result for client Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. in a case involving a former sales representative’s claims involving off-label use drug promotion. The final ruling set important precedent in the First Circuit regarding the “first-to-file” rule in False Claims Act cases.

For more information on The Appellate Hot List, please visit The National Law Journal website here.

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