Karen Kies DeGrand elected to American Academy of Appellate Lawyers

February 11, 2016

Donohue Brown Mathewson & Smyth is delighted to announce that the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers has elected Karen Kies DeGrand as a member.

DeGrand is head of DBMS’s appellate practice and has extensive experience representing clients before the appellate and supreme courts of Illinois, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and the appellate and supreme courts of Wisconsin and Indiana. In addition, she advises trial counsel regarding preservation of issues for appeal and handles post-trial proceedings at the trial level.

Academy membership is by invitation only to those who possess a reputation of recognized distinction as an appellate lawyer. To be eligible, a nominee's practice must have focused substantially on appeals over the past 15 years. Membership is limited to 500 in the United States.

The American Academy of Appellate Lawyers was founded in 1990 to recognize outstanding appellate lawyers and promote the improvement of appellate advocacy and the administration of the appellate courts.