Goldstein & Russell, P.C. specializes in representing clients at all stages before the U.S. Supreme Court. Collectively, the firm’s lawyers have argued more than 50 cases on the merits and have filed in excess of 150 briefs in the Court.
The firm has represented clients on a broad spectrum of issues, including constitutional law, bankruptcy, criminal law and procedure, patents, telecommunications law, energy regulation, immigration, civil rights, property rights, employment, and international law.
The firm brings specialized expertise and experience to every stage of Supreme Court proceedings, including preparing and opposing petitions for certiorari, coordinating amicus strategy, advocating on behalf of clients to the United States Solicitor General’s Office in appropriate cases, and of course briefing and arguing cases on the merits. In addition, the firm regularly represents amici curiae filing briefs before the Court.
The firm also advises clients whether a petition for certiorari is worth pursuing in the first place, helping evaluate the likelihood of success and probable costs.
Because of the firm’s specialized practice, we are generally brought into a case at the Supreme Court stage. We do not, however, seek to displace the lawyers who have worked on the case, often for years, in the lower courts. We recognize that our co-counsel bring extensive knowledge about the case and, often, specialized expertise in a particular area of the law. We therefore work closely with co-counsel to provide our clients the advantage of the best each lawyer on the team has to offer.
A few notable examples of our cases before the Supreme Court include:
South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc., et al. 138 S.Ct. 2080 (2018) — successfully represented plaintiff state in overturning Quill Corp. v. North Dakota, 504 U.S. 298 (1992) and the Court's physical presence requirement for collecting sales tax on out-of-state sellers.
State Farm Fire & Casualty Co. v. United States ex rel. Rigsby et al., 137 S.Ct. 436 (2016) – successfully represented the relators challenging State Farm regarding whether a seal violation mandates dismissal of a relator's complaint under the False Claims Act.
Visa Inc. v. Osborn, 137 S.Ct. 289 (2016) – successfully represented respondents in antitrust case against Visa, convincing Court to dismiss the case as improvidently granted.