The group's largest office and home of Practice Chair Beth Heifetz, Washington Issues & Appeals includes recognized U.S. Supreme Court advocates and attorneys who have served in senior government policy and litigation positions. Many more are former U.S. Supreme Court and federal appellate clerks. While our attorneys regularly practice before the Supreme Court and D.C. Circuit, the D.C. practice is truly nationwide and cuts across all courts.
Our lawyers have achieved numerous victories in argued Supreme Court cases, such as Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., a landmark employment case holding that Title VII bars a private plaintiff from bringing an intentional pay discrimination claim challenging pay decisions that occurred outside of the statutory limitations period, even if those decisions continue to have adverse effects on paychecks received during the limitations period, and Del Rosario Ortega v. Star-Kist Foods, Inc., which held that the federal supplemental jurisdiction statute abrogates the requirement that each Rule 20 plaintiff must separately satisfy the jurisdictional amount in controversy requirement. Other representative victories include: United States v. Philip Morris USA Inc. (D.C. Circuit case rejecting government's proposed $280 billion disgorgement remedy in a RICO lawsuit against the major tobacco companies), and Finisar Corp. v. DIRECTV Group, Inc. (Federal Circuit case vacating district court's $78.9 million damages award and enhanced damages, and mooting an injunction request that would have closed DIRECTV's U.S. operations).
D.C. Issues & Appeals has also developed a vibrant patent appellate practice with lawyers who regularly appear before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the U.S. International Trade Commission, and federal district courts and who have authored significant articles and treatises on important appellate and intellectual-property matters.