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Proskauer’s perspective on developments and trends in commercial litigation.

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John E. Roberts

John E. Roberts is a partner in the Litigation Department and co-chair of the firm’s Appellate Practice Group.  He focuses on complex civil appeals and commercial litigations.

John has twice represented parties during the merits stage at the United States Supreme Court.  He was a key member of the Proskauer team that represented Biosig Instruments in the high-profile patent appeal, Nautilus Inc. v. Biosig Instruments, Inc.  His advocacy led to a favorable decision by the Supreme Court and ultimately victory on remand before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.  John also drafted a successful petition for certiorari in Acosta-Febo v. Franklin Tax-Free Trust and drafted the merits briefs at the Supreme Court in that case.  He has also represented parties in federal and state appellate courts across the country.

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The Supreme Court Enters the Digital Age

Electronic filing is coming to the U.S. Supreme Court! Effective November 13, 2017, amendments to the Supreme Court’s rules take effect that require represented parties (and their amici) to submit petitions, briefs, and most other filings through the Court’s electronic filing system. The Rules explain that the new e-filing requirements are “[i]n addition to the … Continue Reading

New Word Limits for Federal Appellate Briefs: How Low is Too Low?

Several amendments to the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure are scheduled to take effect on December 1, and one of those amendments is causing consternation among appellate practitioners: a 1000-word reduction in the word limit for principal briefs, along with a 500-word reduction for reply briefs. Since 1998, the Rules have allotted parties 14,000 words for … Continue Reading

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