Appeals, Briefs & Federal Practice Writing For Lawyers & Law Firms

Adam Wilson, Esq.

207-699-9957 cell

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Work product for attorneys & law firms — appeals, briefs, motions & writing


Adam Wilson

207-699-9957 cell


Recent examples:

  • For a Silicon Valley mid-size law firm: IP research and memo on short turnaround for mediation in California.

  • For a Maine small law firm: USDC summary judgment brief; constitutional law issues; question of first impression.

  • For a mid-west solo practitioner: USDC summary judgment brief on contract law issues; pending separate work.

  • For a Maine small law firm: USDC administrative appeal and USDC complaint for second pending matter.

I provide as-needed brief writing and legal work product for lawyers and law firms — appeals, briefs, and motions. I also provide guidance on federal practice issues, particularly complex issues of federal and constitutional law.

I practiced antitrust and appellate law at top U.S. firms based in Washington D.C., San Francisco, and Los Angeles. Clerkship, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. J.D., Stanford Law. Licensed in California, the District of Columbia, and Maine.

I thrive on producing top-level written advocacy. As described below, I left the full-time practice of law only because I unexpectedly became a successful emerging artist, in painting and conceptual art, in 2017.

Based in Portland Maine.

cell — (207) 699-9957


The service is for legal counsel — trial attorneys, lawyers, law firms, litigation boutiques, and solo practitioners. I work as an outside, as-needed, temporary independent contractor, providing the research, writing, editing, strategy, and/or consulting that you require for a particular case or issue. Customize and tailor the service to your needs.

I also provide strategic guidance on federal practice issues — including the most difficult questions in federal civil and appellate procedure, evidence, experts, federal statutory law, and federal common law. For examples, see here.

I emphasize three areas:

  • Drafting appellate briefs and trial-level motions;

  • Positioning facts and issues for briefing; and

  • Shaping the law through amicus curiae briefs.

Cost / Rate

Generally, a percentage of your own rate or your associate’s rate. Depending on your market, this is usually $125 to $350 per hour. Discounts available. Details are here.

Education and Experience

J.D., Stanford Law School, 1999. Moot Court, Law Review.

B.A., University of Pennsylvania, 1994, cum laude.

My experience and resume are here.

Admissions: California, 1999; Washington, DC, 2001; Maine, 2009.

Examples of Services

  • All aspects of brief writing and federal practice strategy, including:

  • Guidance and assistance with appellate litigation and trial-level motions;

  • Researching and drafting appeals, briefs, and motions in the first instance;

  • Editing, revising, and refining your drafts; proofing your final work product;

  • Handling specific trial-level and appellate-level legal research and writing;

  • Consulting to best position issues and facts for motions, appeals, and oral argument;

  • Guidance for attorneys new to federal practice; and

  • Broader mentoring for new lawyers regarding practice issues — here.

More on Experience

I practiced federal civil litigation — primarily federal appellate litigation, federal antitrust litigation, and federal complex / MDL litigation — for almost a decade at top firms based in Washington, D.C., San Francisco, and Los Angeles (e.g., Gibson Dunn & Crutcher). This included a two-year clerkship on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. I have additional experience in appellate law regarding constitutional and federal criminal law issues. More broadly, I have private sector, federal government, and non-profit experience. For more, see here.

Why Writing? From Law to Artist.

I left the full-time practice of law only because I unexpectedly became a successful emerging artist, in visual and conceptual art, in 2017.

I have shown text paintings and large-scale installations in New York and London four times. Works are in private and corporate collections in New York, Los Angeles, London, Paris, Miami, and more. Unsolicited nominations to art residencies and respected galleries; some of my paintings are with Robert Kidd Gallery as of 2019.

This legal writing practice allows the art to remain independent. This legal writing practice also furthers a creative-side art law practice — I advise emerging artists and creatives on art law, media law, First Amendment law, and IP law in order to support fellow creatives and the creative arts. My art law page is here.

I also serve on the Board of Trustees for the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts,, an international Ph.D program for creatives and creative scholars.


Adam Wilson, Esq.

(207) 699-9957

The Historic Marlborough Building

180 High Street #14

Portland, Maine 04101

Two blocks from the Portland Museum of Art and one block from the Westin Harborview Hotel in downtown Portland, Maine.

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