Squire Patton Boggs is pleased to announce the appointment of partners Benjamin Beaton and Lauren S. Kuley as co-chairs of the firm’s Appellate Practice, effective immediately.
Kuley and Beaton will coordinate a national appellate practice that spans 17 locations in the US. Squire Patton Boggs litigators – including lawyers who have served as US Supreme Court clerks, California’s deputy solicitor general and high-ranking federal officials – have recently notched major victories at the US Supreme Court and several US Courts of Appeals, state supreme courts and regulatory agencies. Kuley and Beaton worked in the appellate group alongside now-Judge Pierre Bergeron, and have practiced extensively before appellate courts nationwide.
Beaton began his legal career as a law clerk for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the US Supreme Court and Judge Raymond Randolph at the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit. Joining from Sidley Austin’s appellate group in 2018, he has litigated in courts across the country, focusing on regulatory challenges, healthcare appeals and complex commercial disputes. Earlier in his career, he served as an aide in the US House of Representatives and at a healthcare regulatory agency. Beaton graduated from Columbia Law School and Centre College.
Kuley previously served in the Ohio Solicitor General’s office and as a law clerk for Judge Karen Nelson Moore of the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. While at Squire Patton Boggs, she has handled appeals in the US Supreme Court and appellate courts nationwide, with a focus on complex commercial, healthcare and white collar appeals. Kuley is also an adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnati College of Law, where she teaches appellate practice and represents indigent individuals. She has served on the Steering Committee for the Federal Bar Association’s Sixth Circuit Appellate Practice Institute. Kuley graduated from Harvard Law School and Harvard College.
“Well-respected litigators and appellate practitioners, Lauren and Ben each brings a unique skill set that will make a dynamic leadership team,” said John A. Burlingame, global co-chair of the Litigation Practice. “Lauren and Ben have demonstrated preeminence in client service, collaboration and work ethic, and we are confident this practice group will continue to succeed under their guidance.”
“Our appellate practice is marrying the Squire Patton Boggs global platform with our local appellate expertise in important courts all across the country, from California to New York to Washington DC to Florida and places in between. No matter where our clients’ needs take us, our talented appellate colleagues are ready to provide sophisticated legal advocacy before, during and after trial,” said Beaton.
“With our skills and experience as appellate advocates, our dynamic team delivers top results – often after things have gone very wrong in another court. And while we have secured reversals of landmark judgments on appeal, we have also worked closely with trial teams to preserve and avoid appellate issues where there is significant exposure,” added Kuley.