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Appellate Practice

One of the first law firms in New Jersey to establish a dedicated appellate practice group, Archer has enjoyed a long history of excellence in appellate advocacy.

Drawn variously from federal circuit and state supreme and intermediate appellate clerkships, members of Archer’s Appellate Practice Group are skilled in a wide range of substantive legal disciplines. They have extensive experience in all levels of court, from state trial courts to the Supreme Court of the United States. In just the Third Circuit and New Jersey appellate courts, our attorneys have briefed and/or argued in excess of 1,000 matters. Showing the depth of our practice, since 2000 five Archer attorneys have argued multiple cases before the New Jersey Supreme Court alone. They have also appeared before the State Supreme Courts in Delaware, New York, and Pennsylvania, as well as numerous federal circuit courts throughout the country, including United States Courts of Appeal for the Second, Fourth, Sixth, Ninth, District of Columbia, and Federal Circuits.

Building on this experience, our attorneys have earned a reputation as exceptionally skilled advocates who are able to quickly master complex factual and legal matters, to identify critical issues, to evaluate the merits efficiently, and to reduce and communicate complicated problems simply, practically, and persuasively. Their efforts have culminated in establishing significant legal precedents in a variety of legal areas.

Members of our Appellate Practice Group are a valuable resource to new and existing clients, as well as lawyers from other firms.

Experience

  • Represented clients before the New Jersey Supreme and Superior Courts, Appellate Division, the Pennsylvania Supreme and Superior Courts, as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
  • RSB Lab. Services, Inc. v. BSI, Corp., 368 N.J. Super. 540 (App. Div. 2004)
  • United Property Owners v. Belmar, 343 N. J. Super.1 (App. Div.), certif. denied, 170 N.J. 390 (2001)
  • Lima & Sons, Inc. v. Borough of Ramsey, 269 N.J. Super. 469 (App. Div. 1994)
  • Baghdikian v. Board of Adjustment, 247 N.J. Super. 45 (App. Div. 1991)
  • Swatek, Inc. v. North Star Graphics, 246 N.J. Super. 281 (App. Div. 1991)
  • Minetto v. Borough of Northvale, 210 N.J. Super. 312 (App. Div.), certif. denied, 105 N.J. 520 (1986)
  • Kass v. Brown Boveri Corp., 199 N.J. Super. 42 (App. Div.), certif. denied, 102 N.J. 296 (1985)
  • Prosecuted and defended appeals for clients in a wide variety of substantive areas, including: First Amendment issues, insurance coverage, commercial contracts, medical licensing, confiscation of firearms, personal jurisdiction, and state pension eligibility.
  • Pop’s Cones, Inc. v. Resorts Int’l Hotel, Inc., 307 N.J. Super. 461 (App. Div. 1998)
  • State v. One Marlin Rifle, 319 N.J. Super. 359 (App. Div. 1999)
  • Reversing a $2.8 million jury verdict against ExxonMobil Corporation for petroleum contamination in an appeal before the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit
  • Establishing the interrelationship between the Bankruptcy Code and CERCLA claims in an appeal before the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • Successfully defending, before the New Jersey Appellate Division and Supreme Court, a client’s million dollar jury verdict because of tortious interference with a large construction contract
  • Reversing the Department of Health and Senior Services’ multi-million dollar charity care subsidy allocation and remanding for a more favorable calculation to our client under an appropriate statutory interpretation.
  • Reversing a multi-million dollar personal injury verdict in the Virgin Islands before the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
  • Successfully intervening on behalf of the speaker of the General Assembly to the Abbott case to challenge the State’s school funding formula before the New Jersey Supreme Court.
  • Appealing a state-wide environmental class action before the South Carolina Supreme Court.
  • Defining the parameters of corporate liquidating trusts before the Delaware Supreme Court.
  • Successfully resolving an enforcement petition by the National Labor Relations Board.
  • Successfully defending several summary judgment rulings in discrimination and civil rights claims by teachers, students and employees.
  • Successfully establishing, in a matter of first impression that the estate of a living incompetent cannot be altered by the agreement of the estate beneficiaries before the New Jersey Appellate Division.

 

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