Appeals, Briefs + Federal Practice Writing For Lawyers + Law Firms
Work product for attorneys and law firms — appeals, briefs, motions, and writing.
For a Silicon Valley mid-size law firm: IP research and memo on short turnaround for mediation.
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 usually comes to $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: CA, 1999; DC, 2001; ME, 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 thrive on litigating issues and writing briefs. 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-based paintings and large-scale installations four times in New York and London since then, and my works, which are starting to gain the attention of critics, are in private and corporate collections in New York, Los Angeles, London, Paris, Miami, and more. I have been nominated to art residencies and approached by respected galleries for representation.
This legal writing practice allows the art to remain independent and beholden to no one.
This writing practice also furthers a creative-side art law practice. I advise emerging artists and creatives on IP, First Amendment, and other issues, to support the creative arts. My art law page is here.
I also serve on the Board of Directors of the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts (www.idsva.edu).
Adam Wilson, Esq.
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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