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They’ve Got Next: Five Fresh Faces to Know in Appellate

March 24, 2021, 9:31 AM

Welcome to the newest installment of “They’ve Got Next,” where we feature young lawyers leading the way in a range of practice areas from labor & employment to intellectual property to tax.

This month, we highlight five rising stars of the appellate bar—young lawyers who are making their mark in key cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and federal circuit courts across the country.

Here are five fresh faces to know in appellate: Brad Garcia of O’Melveny & Myers; Sarah Harris of Williams & Connolly; Samir Deger-Sen of Latham & Watkins; Emily Kennedy of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom; and David Zionts of Covington & Burling.

In their interviews with Bloomberg Law’s Jordan Rubin and Kimberly Robinson, these attorneys detail some of their key client matters and their approaches to appellate practice.

Williams & Connolly’s Sarah Harris describes delivering her first Supreme Court oral argument remotely in November 2020, securing a 5-4 win in Salinas v. United States Railroad Retirement Bd. in February. She credits much of her success to her mentor, Supreme Court veteran Lisa Blatt, who gave her key opportunities.

O’Melveny’s Brad Garcia, who is 11-1 in the appellate cases where he’s delivered oral arguments, shares the secret to his preparation. Explaining everyday issues to his children “is good practice for knowing that you need to support all the premises of your arguments and explain things very clearly,” he told Rubin.

And Skadden’s Emily Kennedy, who helped to secure a 6-2 win in National Labor Relations Board v. Southwest General, a 2017 Supreme Court case involving the Federal Vacancies Reform Act, details her affinity for the intense focus of Supreme Court work. “You start off at the trial level and there’s a whole universe” of arguments, Kennedy told Robinson. By the time you get to the Supreme Court, the whole case is focused on “what was often a microscopic thing at the beginning.”

Check out all the stories of “They’ve Got Next: Five Fresh Faces to Know in Appellate” by clicking on the lawyers’ names below. Then circle back next time for a new installment featuring fresh faces in healthcare and life sciences.

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