HMS’ s appellate practice features partners Kevin McKeon and Dennis Whitaker who collaborate on Pennsylvania Appellate Advocate, a blog that provides timely coverage and analysis of notable appellate decisions, allocatur grants, upcoming arguments, proposed and adopted rule changes, and other information of interest to lawyers, litigants, and others involved in or affected by issues presented in appeals in Pennsylvania’s appellate courts. Kevin also co-authors the standard appellate procedure text in Pennsylvania, West's Pennsylvania Appellate Practice.
The HMS appeals team has represented clients before all of Pennsylvania's appellate courts, primarily in matters involving the interaction between state government and regulated businesses and professions, but also in other areas of the law. Aware of developing legal issues that impact the interests of trade groups, businesses, and not-for profit entities and associations, HMS’s appellate lawyers are well positioned to assist in the drafting of amicus curiae briefs to provide the courts with a broader perspective on issues of public importance that often have implications that go beyond the narrow interests of the appellant and appellee. In addition, HMS’s appellate lawyers frequently partner with trial counsel from other law firms to provide assistance in navigating the appeal process or to manage every aspect of an appeal, from filing to briefing and argument.
HMS appellate lawyers also are experienced in representing clients in original jurisdiction cases before the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania involving government action affecting health care providers, insurers, the gaming industry, and businesses and municipalities subject to environmental regulation.