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

04 June 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. 4 June 2013 – Hogan Lovells announced today that the firm was named to The National Law Journal’s 2013 Appellate Hot List, which recognizes a select group of U.S. appellate practices that have done outstanding work before the U.S. Supreme Court, federal circuit courts of appeal, and state courts of last resort. Hogan Lovells has been named to the Appellate Hot List every year since 2010.

“We are honored to again be named to the Appellate Hot List,” said Cate Stetson, Co-Director of Hogan Lovells’ Appellate practice. “Being among the top appellate teams in the nation speaks to the combined efforts of our practice, and the ability to provide outstanding service to clients on a broad range of issues.”

In its selection, The National Law Journal highlighted a few of Hogan Lovells’ achievements from its many successes over the past year:

Led by appellate partner Christopher Handman, a team of Hogan Lovells lawyers successfully represented Florida’s John Errol Ferguson in a pro bono stay of execution case. After working around the clock in September and October, the Hogan Lovells team received a stay mere minutes before an execution scheduled for 6 pm ET.

Led by Neal Katyal, Co-Director of Hogan Lovells’ Appellate practice, Hogan Lovells secured a victory in the Supreme Court on behalf of client US Airways, in US Airways, Inc. v. McCutchen. The decision provided clear guidance to employer sponsors that reimbursement provisions will be enforced by the courts as written. Katyal, former Acting Solicitor General of the United States, argued the case.  It was his 17th oral argument before the Court at the time, with 15 of those arguments taking place in the last four years.

Hogan Lovells lawyers also helped three nuclear utility clients collect US$160 million, the culmination of a long-running dispute with the federal government over the government’s 1998 breach of its contract to dispose of U.S. nuclear utilities’ nuclear waste.

Hogan Lovells also secured a major victory for clients Daimler Trucks North America LLC and Detroit Diesel Corp. by persuading the D.C. Circuit to vacate an interim Environmental Protection Agency rule.  The Hogan Lovells appeal team not only won the case, but won it quickly, by persuading the D.C. Circuit to grant an emergency motion for expedited consideration.  The entire appeal was briefed, argued, and decided in less than four months.

Hogan Lovells’ other appellate victories in the past year alone include important wins on constitutional issues ranging from the First Amendment to the Contract Clause; the False Claims Act; the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act; and high-stakes patent and commercial appeals.

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