image description

Steve Hirsch helps clients reframe and develop their cases for success in the federal and state appellate courts. That process can begin long before any appeal is filed, with dispositive trial-court motions and significant motions in limine, or during the post-trial motion phase, when issues are being teed up for appeal.

Mr. Hirsch’s core practice beliefs are that writing matters, that briefs should tell a compelling story, and that framing the issue is critical to success on appeal. He has been recognized by legal-writing expert Bryan Garner as one of the best brief writers in the United States, and has been chosen by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to teach appellate brief-writing and oral argument. 

Clients represented by Mr. Hirsch have included American Honda, AT&T Wireless Services, Electronic Arts, Genentech, Google, Hummer Winblad, Intel, Qwest, and many prominent law firms and individuals in civil and criminal cases, as well as smaller businesses, governmental entities, crime victims, immigrants, public-interest organizations seeking amicus assistance, and labor unions.

Steve Hirsch helps clients reframe and develop their cases for success in the federal and state appellate courts. That process can begin long before any appeal is filed, with dispositive trial-court motions and significant motions in limine, or during the post-trial motion phase, when issues are being teed up for appeal.

Mr. Hirsch’s core practice beliefs are that writing matters, that briefs should tell a compelling story, and that framing the issue is critical to success on appeal. He has been recognized by legal-writing expert Bryan Garner as one of the best brief writers in the United States, and has been chosen by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to teach appellate brief-writing and oral argument. 

Clients represented by Mr. Hirsch have included American Honda, AT&T Wireless Services, Electronic Arts, Genentech, Google, Hummer Winblad, Intel, Qwest, and many prominent law firms and individuals in civil and criminal cases, as well as smaller businesses, governmental entities, crime victims, immigrants, public-interest organizations seeking amicus assistance, and labor unions.

Lyft Settles $12.25 Million California Driver Lawsuit Over Employment Status

01/27/2016

Rachael Meny, Jamie Slaughter and their team removed a major threat to Lyft's business model when they settled a proposed class action lawsuit without classifying drivers as employees. Read more

California Lawyer Names Steve Hirsch One of the Attorneys of the Year

03/02/2015

Steve Hirsch earned the prestigious CLAY award by winning a federal court judgment in the Heller Ehrman bankruptcy that makes it easier for clients to hire lawyers and for lawyers to switch firms. Read more

Community Health Pays $75M To End Whistleblower FCA Suit

02/02/2015

KVN represented whistleblower Robert C. Baker, who alleged Tennessee-based CHS violated the False Claims Act by presenting fraudulent claims for federal matching Medicaid funds. Read more

Ninth Circuit Dismisses Shell Oil's Suit Against Environmental Groups

11/13/2014

Justina Sessions, Steve Hirsch and Rachael Meny win a key victory for a dozen environmental groups working to protect the arctic. Read more

Keker & Van Nest Wins Summary Judgment for TSMC in Patent Dispute with Ziptronix

10/21/2014

Ziptronix had asserted nine patents and more than 500 claims over TSMC’s manufacturing of semiconductors. Read more

Heller Ehrman Objections To Costs In Clawback Suits Tossed

07/28/2014

Steve Hirsch and Steven Ragland win another victory on behalf of Davis Wright Tremaine and Foley & Lardner. Read more

Steve Hirsch and Steven Ragland Convince Judge to Reject 'Jewel' Doctrine in Heller Case

06/11/2014

A federal judge ruled the Heller Ehrman bankruptcy estate has no claim to profits earned from client business former partners brought with them to new law firms. Read more

Fed. Circ. Tosses University's Patent Suit Against Intel

06/09/2014

The Federal Circuit day affirmed a district court's dismissal of a suit brought by the University of New Mexico's patent arm alleging Intel Corp. infringed a patent for lithographic methods used in semiconductor manufacturing Read more

Steve Hirsch Commissioned for New Study on Scalia-Posner Feud

05/08/2014

Mr. Hirsch determined eight of 12 criticisms by Posner were “unwarranted,” but the remaining four had varying degrees of merit. Read more

"The Reply Brief: Making It Count"

04/30/2014

Steve Hirsch will discuss how the appellant’s reply brief can be the most difficult but most effective argument you make. Read more

Steve Hirsch Receives BASF Award of Merit

11/25/2013

The Bar Association of San Francisco honored Steve Hirsch for his outstanding work as co-chair of BASF's Amicus Curiae Committee. Read more

Keker & Van Nest Gets Investment Suit Tossed

02/02/2013

A state appeals court says San Mateo County isn't responsible for $20 million in losses suffered by a dozen school districts in a county-run investment fund that had holdings in Lehman Bros. when it collapsed in 2008. Read more

Argument Talk: Tips for Litigators on Raising, Answering and Dropping Points

01/01/2013

Steve Hirsch discusses how to frame a question so as to negate his opponent's arguments. Read more

At the Podium: Send Button Doesn't Carry Guarantee

11/09/2012

Steve Hirsch argued the online version of an age-old legal question — how to prove that a written communication was actually received and read by its intended target — at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Read more

23 Keker & Van Nest Attorneys Named "Best Lawyers"

08/28/2012

The firm receives top rankings for bet-the-company, intellectual property, criminal defense, securities, commercial, legal malpractice, and appellate litigation. Read more

The Appellate Process in California

03/16/2012

During this day-long seminar, Steven HIrsch and other notable faculty will examine the California appellate process by following a hypothetical case from filing of the complaint to review by the Court of Appeal, and petitioning the California Supreme Court for review. Read more

17 Partners Selected for 2012 Best Lawyers in America

09/01/2011

Keker & Van Nest partners were recognized in more than ten categories, including bet-the-company litigation, criminal defense, and intellectual property litigation. Read more

Steve Hirsch Comments on Government Plan to Auction Unabomber Items

05/12/2011

Later this month, U.S. Marshals will auction off "Unabomber" Ted Kaczynski's personal effects online. Keker & Van Nest partner Steve Hirsch, who represented four victims in court proceedings, comments on what the auction will mean for Kaczynski's victims. Read more

U.S. Supreme Court Grants Review in Landmark Fair Use Case

03/07/2011

Steven Hirsch and R. James Slaughter provide pro bono assistance to Conductors Guild. Read more

Wall Street Conspiracy Theory Finds Courtroom Forum

04/19/2006

Steven Hirsch and Susan Harriman are defending Arizona-based Gradient Analytics, a securities research firm accused by Overstock.com of driving down its stock price. Read more

  • Moderator, "First District Appellate Symposium: A View from the Bench,” California Court of Appeal for the First Appellate District, 2014
  • "The Reply Brief: Making It Count," Bar Association of San Francisco, 2014
  • "In Practice: Preparing for Oral Argument," The Recorder, 2013
  • "Framing (and Winning) your Substantial Evidence Appeal," Daily Journal, 2012, co-authored with Kate Lazarus
  • "The Appellate Process in California," Bridgeport CLE, 2012
  • Instructor, "Legal Writing Through a Case," Yale Law School
  • Three-time panelist on brief-writing at Ninth Circuit’s biannual Appellate Practice Workshop.
  • Four briefs published in Bryan Garner’s textbook, The Winning Brief
  • Taught appellate advocacy at UC Berkeley School of Law
  • Panelist in numerous programs relating to appeals, brief-writing and California law