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Appellate

Miller Nash Graham & Dunn's appellate practice group has handled numerous appeals involving important issues in state and federal appellate courts. We have argued appeals in federal courts across the country and have extensive experience in representing clients before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, as well as in state appellate courts in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. Several of our appellate attorneys have served as judicial clerks on the federal courts of appeal and state appellate courts.

Our appellate lawyers work closely with clients and trial counsel to help put their cases in the best posture to withstand appeals by our adversaries and to create the strongest record if our clients decide to appeal. We are adept at evaluating the strength of claims and issues on appeal, and in developing strategies for pursuing and defending issues on appeal. Our appellate lawyers have won some of the most significant cases in Pacific Northwest legal history and have established a long track record of efficiently and effectively pursuing our clients' interests on appeal.

Representative Experience

Represented securities broker-dealer in appeal from order denying motion to compel arbitration. Court of Appeals reversed and directed trial court to compel arbitration.
Represented electric utility in appeal from order denying motion to compel arbitration. Court of Appeals reversed trial court, and ordered it to grant motion to compel arbitration.
Represented industrial property owner in appeal seeking insurance coverage for over $20 million in environmental cleanup costs. Oregon Supreme Court reversed Court of Appeals, ruling that property owner is entitled to coverage under comprehensive general liability, bumbershoot, and marine insurance policies.
Represented public school district in challenge to reimbursement district that required property owners to share a portion of school district's cost of building roadway. Court of Appeals affirmed trial court's determination that fees assessed against property owners were appropriate and did not violate United States or Oregon Constitutions.
Represented bankruptcy trustee in appeal of preference case, leading to new law on the issue of how the ordinary course of business defense to an alleged preference applies to first-time transactions between a debtor and a creditor, and how the defense applies to restructuring agreements.