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How to Build a Strong Record for Appeal in Commercial Litigation

In commercial litigation, building a strong record for an appeal is an important, but often overlooked step. This process involves strategic planning to ensure that every piece of evidence and argument presented during the trial is accurately recorded. A well-prepared record can be the key to success in the appellate court,...

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Another Trademark Infringement Victory

This week, I obtained a win for my client in a trademark and copyright infringement lawsuit. My client is an established online retailer sued for trademark/copyright infringement in the Northern District of Illinois, Opulent Treasures, Inc. v. Corporations Identified on Schedule A. The defendant faced substantial statutory damages approaching $1,000,000 if the district...

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The Role of Appellate Attorneys in Criminal Appeals: Advocating for Defendants

Criminal appeals are legal processes where a defendant seeks a higher court's review of a lower court's decision, primarily to address errors made during the trial. These appeals are not about re-trying the case, but rather examining whether legal mistakes occurred that affected the trial's outcome. The role of appellate attorneys...

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Appellate Strategies in Complex Business Disputes: Maximizing Success

Complex business disputes often escalate into litigation, which eventually ends in the appellate courts, making appellate strategy a critical component in the pursuit of a favorable outcome. The intricate dynamics of these cases demand astute legal analysis, meticulous planning, and persuasive advocacy skills, factors that could tip the scales of justice in...

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Christopher Keleher Receives Commendation From The Seventh Circuit 

I had the honor of receiving a rare accolade from a federal appeals court in its published opinion. I represented Marcus Conner in Conner v. Reagle, a habeas corpus appeal that asserted Mr. Conner’s constitutional right to a speedy trial was violated. The odds were heavily stacked against Mr. Conner, as less than...

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The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Tackles The Issue of Free Speech

A seminal First Amendment decision was just issued by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. In Missouri v. Biden, the Plaintiffs alleged that federal officials violated the First Amendment by coercing social media platforms to censor disfavored speech. The federal district court of Louisiana agreed, and the Fifth Circuit partially affirmed. The Fifth Circuit...

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