Appellate

Tier 1 Ranked Appellate Law Firm

No matter the result in the trial court, many disputes are decided at the appellate level. Often, the appellate law firm you retain will make or break your chance of success on appeal because getting the right result requires specific appellate skills. These include: insightful analysis of the issues; thorough research of the law; careful review of the factual record; persuasive brief writing; cogent oral argument; and knowledge of the rules. McDonald Carano’s appeals attorneys in Reno and Las Vegas have proven abilities in each of these areas to place its attorneys among the most experienced and qualified in Nevada, including particularly highly regarded specialty expertise as corporate appeals lawyers in Reno and Las Vegas. Our Appellate Practice is ranked in the Tier 1 category by The Best Law Firms in America 2023 for both Reno and Las Vegas.

McDonald Carano handles appeals at all levels of appellate court and administrative agency review including highly sophisticated, complex and nuanced corporate appeals. Our success spans the Nevada Supreme Court, California’s Court of Appeals and the Federal Court of Appeal, in particular the Ninth Circuit. McDonald Carano played an instrumental role in the formation of Nevada’s Court of Appeals and the concurrent overhaul of the Nevada Rules of Appellate Procedure. Our Reno and Las Vegas appellate attorneys also serve as authors of numerous chapters in the regularly updated Nevada Appellate Practice Manual (2016, 2018 and 2021 editions).

The practice of appellate law demands intellectual acuity and discipline to develop precision briefs and compelling arguments combined with the extensive knowledge and experience required to understand each corporate appeals client’s business Our appellate law firm team consistently delivers the exceptional writing, analytical acumen and oral advocacy skills needed to present our clients’ position in the most persuasive way possible. We also use our extensive and collective experience as judicial law clerks in the Nevada Supreme Court, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and other state and federal courts to develop appellate strategy and provide the highest caliber representation.

Practice Area News

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