Federal Appellate Petitions and Motions: Filing and Response Strategies

Making or Opposing Requests for Permission to Appeal, Mandamus Orders, and Other Procedural or Substantive Relief

Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A

Conducted on Tuesday, February 7, 2017

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This CLE webinar will discuss best practices for filing and responding to petitions to appeal and motions for other relief in the federal appellate courts, while providing strategies to make compelling submissions and avoid common pitfalls.


Appellate petitions and motions allow parties to obtain an interlocutory appeal, to end an appeal without full briefing and argument, and to otherwise shape the course of an appeal.

The importance of properly prepared and truly persuasive petitions and motions thus cannot be overstated.

At the same time, however, appellate petitions and motions are subject to a host of often complex procedural rules and unwritten court customs that can be the difference between success and failure.

Listen as our panel of experienced appellate attorneys discusses the nuances of federal appellate petitions and motions, provides tips on navigating the system, and addresses common mistakes.



  1. Petitions to appeal
    1. Certified appeals under Section 1292(b)
    2. Class certification appeals under Rule 23(f)
    3. Procedural requirements
  2. Mandamus petitions
    1. Standards for obtaining a writ of mandamus
    2. Procedural requirements
  3. Motions practice
    1. Common substantive motions
    2. Common procedural motions
    3. Procedural requirements


The panel will review these and other key issues:

  • What are the most important variables to consider in filing and responding to appellate petitions and motions?
  • What strategic considerations affect the choice and timing of motions?
  • How do circuit differences and unwritten court customs affect the federal appellate motion practice?
  • What are the common mistakes made by appellate counsel when preparing and filing petitions and motions?


Chad Clamage
Chad Clamage

Mayer Brown

Mr. Clamage is an attorney in the firm's Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice. His practice focuses on...  |  Read More

Hans J. Germann
Hans J. Germann

Mayer Brown

Mr. Germann has significant experience in state and federal regulatory, trial and appellate litigation involving...  |  Read More

Stephen J. Kane
Stephen J. Kane

Mayer Brown

Mr. Kane is a member of the firm's Supreme Court and Appellate Group. He has argued and briefed appeals in many...  |  Read More

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