Legal Analytics for Federal Appellate Litigation

Federal appellate litigation includes the civil cases that are heard by all 13 federal courts of appeals. It is a crucial piece of the litigation landscape in which transparency and understanding are critical. 

Lex Machina’s federal appellate data lets you analyze and derive insights on judges, law firms, attorneys, and parties across the span of federal district and federal appellate courts. Our federal appellate dataset adds all civil cases, docket entries, and documents filed in the 13 circuit courts of appeals since 2012. All federal case outcomes are now vetted through final appeal.

Use Cases

Lex Machina helps you answer questions such as:

  • How long does it typically take to get a final ruling from the 5th Circuit? How does that change if you only consider appeals from Consumer Protection cases?
  • How often has the 2nd Circuit granted Permissions to Appeal in the last five years?
  • Which law firms have handled the most appeals in Employment cases in the past three years?
  • How often do appealed cases settle or get procedurally dismissed? How often does the appellant win?
  • How often does District Judge Gee get reversed? How does that compare to the other judges in C.D.Cal.?
Case filings

Case Tags

Our federal appellate analytics can be filtered in a myriad of ways, including by the following case tags:

  • Panel Rehearing Granted
  • Rehearing En Banc Granted
  • SCOTUS Decision
  • Writ of Certiorari Granted
  • Appealability:
    • Appealability Ruling
    • Certificate of Appealability (Grant or Deny)
    • Petition for Review (Grant or Deny)
    • Permission to Appeal (Grant or Deny)
Appeals resolutions

Customizable Reversal Rates

We analyzed and incorporated the reversal rates of all district court judges, which can be compared against each other or the district court median reversal rate.

Appeals Resolutions

  • Appellant Win (Affirmed/Reversed in Part, Reversed, Granted (Other), Appealability Granted)
  • Appellee Win (Affirmed, Denied (Other), Appealability Denied)
  • Likely Settlement
  • Procedural (Dismissal, Remand, Transfer, Other Ruling, Consolidation)

Supreme Court Decisions

  • Affirmed by SCOTUS
  • Reversed by SCOTUS
  • Affirmed / Reversed in Part by SCOTUS