Tueth Keeney’s Jim Layton Appointed Co-chair of Missouri Bar Appellate Practice Committee

Oct 10, 2019

New Missouri Bar President Tom Bender appointed Tueth Keeney’s Jim Layton as Co-Chair of the Bar’s new Appellate Practice Committee. The committee was approved by the Missouri Bar Board of Governors earlier this year. Jim’s presentation of an appellate practice update will highlight the Committee’s first meeting, scheduled to be held in Jefferson City on November 22, 2019.

The Appellate Practice Committee has 177 members, including lawyers and judges. It was established to provide opportunities for Missouri lawyers to consider appellate rules, provide training for lawyers and education for the general public, and strengthen relationships with appellate judges. This is the first time that the Missouri Bar has established a committee that will address both civil and criminal appeals.

Jim previously served as President of the Bar Association for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, and as Chair of the American Bar Association’s Council of Appellate Lawyers.


James Layton leads the firm’s Appellate practice group and is a member of the firm’s Commercial Litigation, Labor, and Education groups. He assists clients with analysis and presentation of complex legal issues in Missouri and federal courts, both trial and appellate. In addition to handling cases himself and with other attorneys at Tueth Keeney, Jim consults with clients on appellate strategy and assists other counsel in high-stakes, complex appeals.

Jim has briefed and argued cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and before all Missouri appellate courts””including more than 90 cases before the Missouri Supreme Court. He has represented clients in U.S. district courts and in Missouri circuit courts from Jackson County to the City of St. Louis. He has extensive experience with government-related litigation and state taxation disputes. Jim is a fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, a past president of the Bar Association of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, and a past chair of the American Bar Association’s Council of Appellate Lawyers. He is a frequent speaker in the areas of appellate practice and constitutional law, both state and federal.

Appellate Practice ““ Tueth Keeney lawyers have briefed and argued hundreds of appeals, including appeals in all Missouri and Illinois state and federal appellate courts and in the U.S. Supreme Court. The Appellate Practice Group represents clients on a wide range of issues impacting businesses, individuals, government entities, and educational institutions. Tueth Keeney attorneys are also available to contribute their considerable experience (including more than 90 arguments before the Missouri Supreme Court) to appeals handled by others””strategizing, assisting with briefs, and preparing for oral argument.