Peter Steinmeyer Featured in Article, “Rare Proceedings: 7th Circuit Holds Rehearings En Banc in Appellate Cases of ‘Exceptional Importance'”

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, 4/17/13:

Peter Steinmeyer, a Member of the Firm in the Labor and Employment practice and Managing Shareholder of the firm's Chicago office, was quoted in an article titled "Rare Proceedings: 7th Circuit Holds Rehearings En Banc in Appellate Cases of 'Exceptional Importance.'"

Following is an excerpt:

Peter A. Steinmeyer was optimistic when he appeared before Chicago's federal appeals court to argue a client's case a second time. The first time, he faced a three-judge panel and lost. This time, his case had the full court's attention.

The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals likely would not have agreed to a new hearing before all its active members — known as a rehearing en banc — unless at least some of its judges were displeased with the ruling initially issued in the case, Steinmeyer said.

"So you're kind of going into the argument with the wind at your back when it's your petition for rehearing en banc that was granted," Steinmeyer said.

The optimism turned out to be well-founded. Eight months after he and opposing counsel faced off before the 7th Circuit in a labor law dispute, the court ruled 7-4 in favor of Steinmeyer's client.

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