The Appellate Lawyers Association Moot Court Committee would like to congratulate the following winners of the 2013 Moot Court Competition.
First Place: Frances Denizard and Jared Wilkerson, Florida Coastal School of Law, Team 13
Second Place: Alan Gray and Shea Donato, Benjamin N. Cardoza School of Law, Team 3
First Place: Frances Denizard and Jared Wilkerson, Florida Coastal School of Law, Team 13. Brief 13
Second Place: Hadas Corey and Miriam Neems, Loyola University of Chicago Law School, Team 9 Brief 9
Third Place: Roman Kashuba, Claudia Cortes and Daisy Ayllon, Chicago Kent College of Law, Brief 6
First Place: Hadas Corey, Loyola University of Chicago Law School, Team 9
Second Place: Shea Donato, Benjamin N. Cardoza School of Law, Team 3
Third Place: Jared Wilkerson, Florida Coastal School of Law, Team 13
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
South Texas College of Law
The Appellate Lawyers Association Moot Court Committee would like to thank the following sponsors for contributing to this year's Moot Court competition.
Sidley Austin LLP is a premier law firm with a practice highly attuned to the international landscape. The firm has built a reputation for being an adviser for global business, with more than 1,700 lawyers in 19 offices worldwide. Sidley maintains a commitment to providing quality legal services and to offering advice in litigation, transactional and regulatory matters spanning virtually every area of law. In 2013, for the sixth consecutive year, Sidley was named to The National Law Journal’s Appellate Hot List, a select group of firms the paper identifies as “doing killer appellate work before the Supreme Court, federal circuit courts of appeal and state courts of last resort.”
Heyl Royster’s appellate attorneys have extensive experience in the Illinois Appellate Courts and the Illinois Supreme Court, as well as the Seventh and Eighth Circuit Courts of Appeals and the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals. Our Appellate Practice includes current and past Presidents of the Illinois Appellate Lawyers Association, and attorneys with significant sub-concentrations in substantive areas of the law, such as medical malpractice, workers’ compensation, and federal civil rights law.
Heyl Royster is a regional Midwest law firm with 120 lawyers, and offices in Peoria, Springfield, Urbana, Rockford, Edwardsville, and Chicago, Illinois. The firm provides legal services for businesses and corporations, professionals, healthcare organizations, governmental entities, universities, insurance carriers, and other major institutions. Heyl Royster lawyers have successfully defended clients in all of the federal courts and in each of the 102 counties in the State of Illinois, as well as in courtrooms in Missouri and Wisconsin.
Adler Murphy & McQuillen LLP’s Appellate Practice Group represents clients in high-profile cases across the country in state and federal courts of review. We have handled various interlocutory appeals, appeals of final decisions, and petitions. We have briefed and argued appeals on a wide array of issues, such as: class action, products liability, choice-of-law, collateral estoppel, tort immunity, forum non conveniens, spoliation, educational malpractice, breach of contract, and many others.
We work hard to preserve favorable outcomes in the trial court and, in the event of an adverse ruling, do our utmost to obtain reversal for our clients. The Appellate Practice Group also coordinates with the firm’s trial teams in the pre-trial, trial, and post-trial stages to assist with brief writing and issue preservation. In addition to their appellate practice, members of the firm’s Appellate Practice Group also actively litigate their own cases in the trial court; this assists them with spotting issues on appeal, and it deepens their subject matter experience to the benefit of the firm's clients.
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Founded in 1938, Counsel Press is the largest and most experienced appellate services company in the United States. When filing an appeal, our experienced attorneys and paralegals provide procedural and technical advice to ensure that Briefs, Records or Appendices are of the highest quality and compliant with all court rules. We offer a full range of document production services as well as electronic filing capabilities. We prepare and file over 8,000 appeals annually, working with 1,500 law firms (including 98 of the Am Law top 100), and in addition with numerous corporate and government entities. We are available to assist you, whether filing an appeal in the United States Supreme Court, any of the 13 U.S. Federal Circuit Courts, or any State Appellate Court or Appellate Division, from the New York Court of Appeals to the California Supreme Court.
For nearly two decades, Donohue Brown Mathewson & Smyth LLC has been one of Chicago’s pre-eminent civil litigation law practices. DBMS frequently and successfully tries complex, high-exposure cases in the country’s most challenging jurisdictions. The firm focuses on the areas of professional liability, product liability, insurance coverage, commercial litigation and appeals.
DBMS’ approach to litigation is highly responsive to the goals and needs of the clients. Each client and each case is treated uniquely as the firm and the client develop the best approach to litigation strategy.
DBMS is proud of its reputation among judges, colleagues and opponents as an aggressive and thorough firm that is highly professional in its conduct of litigation. The firm’s superb record at trial encourages opponents to try and resolve matters early in the litigation process.
Forde Law Offices LLP is a six-lawyer firm that focuses its practice on commercial litigation and appeals. Our clients include individuals, partnerships, major corporations, and some of the leading lawyers and law firms in Chicago. We have been lead counsel or co-counsel in some of the most important cases in Illinois, including litigation involving the demutualization of the Chicago Board of Trade, cost-of-living adjustments for Illinois state court judges, and the election challenge to the then-mayoral candidate (now mayor) of the City of Chicago. We have represented a number of corporations in defending shareholder derivative actions, and we have defended corporate officers in cases brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission and in private actions. We continue to serve our clients in the federal courts and the courts of Illinois and Delaware.
Hall Prangle & Schoonveld, LLC, opened its doors for business in August 2002, but our roots in the catastrophic defense litigation field stretch back decades. The attorneys who created HPS comprised much of the medical litigation department at Lord Bissell & Brook LLP, one of the largest firms in Chicago with a century-long history of strong defense litigation experience.
Since that time, HPS has emerged as the premier litigation defense firm in the city. Based in Chicago, we have grown from our original group of 13 attorneys to its current strength of 40 plus and have opened offices in Las Vegas, Salt Lake City , Tampa and Pensacola, providing a variety of litigation services across the country.
In recent years, we have expanded our practice areas to include appeals, employment counseling and litigation, general commercial liability, insurance coverage, product liability and aviation. Each of these practice groups are led by partners who have joined our firm from Lord Bissell & Brook. Their inclusion gives us the strength, skills, experience and depth to handle a much greater breadth of litigation and counseling needs.
Michael Rathsack concentrates his practice in civil appeals, and also consults with trial attorneys on procedural matters. He is a member and past president of the Illinois Appellate Lawyers Association, and a fellow and currently a director of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers. He has been included in the Tier 1 ranking for appellate practice in Illinois by U.S. News for 2012 and 2013. Rathsack received his B.S. (Physics) from the University of Wisconsin and his J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law.
Since 1946, Pretzel & Stouffer’s focus has attracted and developed lawyers with the courage, poise and passion to represent clients in courtrooms, appellate courts, and regulatory commissions. The firm has always had the distinction of having many of the most highly regarded trial and appellate attorneys in our profession, with wide-ranging experience that includes catastrophic-injury claims, medical-malpractice claims, legal- malpractice claims, directors-and-officers errors-and-omissions claims, product-liability claims, financial-malpractice claims, asbestos litigation, commercial litigation, employment litigation, and class actions.
Pretzel & Stouffer also has among its ranks experienced attorneys with a wide range of non-litigation skills who counsel and assist clients with tax issues, estate planning, contracts, and corporate and real estate transactions.
While Pretzel & Stouffer has grown and evolved over the years, the same principle upon which the firm was founded remains: Quality lawyers will always be the backbone of our firm. Our clients benefit from the legal counsel of attorneys who are widely regarded as among the very best in their respective practice areas.
Over its 118-year history, Quarles & Brady has represented corporate and individual clients ranging from small entrepreneurial businesses to Fortune 100 companies. And in doing so, it grown from a small, well-respected Milwaukee firm to a place among the Am Law 200.
Quarles & Brady lawyers have handled appeals--over 300 in the past ten years--in state and federal courts across the country, including the United States Supreme Court. Our broad appellate experience stems from representing an array of clients: large corporations, small businesses, individuals, an Indian tribe, charitable organizations, governmental bodies, and indigent prisoners. This diverse client base has given us experience in a broad range of disciplines, including antitrust, bankruptcy, business torts and contract disputes, constitutional law, environmental, labor and employment, insurance, intellectual property, land use, product liability, public utilities, and trusts and estates. Our appellate experience is national, with particular depth in the courts of Arizona, Illinois and Wisconsin as well as the Seventh and Ninth Circuits. And our resources include numerous attorneys who have clerked for appellate judges at the federal and state level.
Cassiday Schade has grown to be one of the Midwest’s premier litigation firms with more than 100 attorneys located across five offices in Illinois and Indiana. For more than three decades the firm’s attorneys have achieved impressive results defending clients in high exposure lawsuits, in numerous jurisdictions, federal, state and appellate courts.
Our firm has experience in virtually all areas of civil litigation, including commercial matters, medical and other professional liabilities, construction, transportation and insurance as well as robust appellate and alternative dispute resolution practices. Cassiday Schade boasts a diverse client base, ranging from Fortune 500 corporations to mid-size companies, health care facilities, individual business owners and professionals.
We regularly consult with clients to provide litigation avoidance strategies to best protect their interests and to lessen, if not prevent, exposure to unnecessary problems before they occur. When such threats cannot be eliminated, we focus on putting our clients in the best possible position to prevail in any potential dispute.
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