HBP Legal (formerly BalmarLegal)
HBP Legal has been producing Supreme Court briefs for over 40 years. We know how to do it right! When preparing a brief, there is no room for error. Our experts will take you through the process of formatting and reproducing your briefs. Once your job is produced, our experienced drivers will hand-deliver your briefs and file them directly at the Supreme Court or deliver them to your office. Case closed.
In addition to Supreme Court briefs, we can also prepare and produce lower court briefs as well, including (but not limited to):
- US Court of Appeals briefs
- Federal Circuit Court briefs
HBP Legal Experience
We get it! There is no room for error when preparing a legal brief. Our goal from the moment you connect with us is to take you through the legal brief preparation process in a way that provides you with the security of knowing that your important product is in the hands of experts.
Over the past 40 years, we have produced over 7500 briefs.
- We specialize in US Supreme Court Briefs, as well as, lower court briefs for the US Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit Courts, and many others.
- HBP Legal is located minutes from DC, making printing and filing your brief (via hand delivery to the court) very convenient and fast. When our drivers hand deliver your brief to the court, the clerk/guard will date/time-stamp a copy of your brief which considered by the court to be proof of date/time filed. We then return to the office to give you the time-stamped copy as proof of filing.
Listed below are cases in which the Supreme Court recently rendered decisions. HBP Legal produced briefs for each of these cases with the exception of those denoted with an asterisk.
|6/17/2013||12-246||Salinas v. Texas||A|
|6/17/2013||12-416||FTC v. Actavis, Inc.||B|
|6/17/2013||11-9335||Alleyne v. United States||T|
|6/17/2013||12-25||Maracich v. Spears||K|
|6/17/2013||12-71||Arizona v. Inter Tribal Council of Ariz., Inc.||AS|
|6/13/2013||11-798||American Trucking Assns., Inc. v. Los Angeles||EK|
|6/13/2013||11-889||Tarrant Regional Water Dist. v. Herrmann||SS|
|6/13/2013||12-167||United States v. Davila||G|
|6/13/2013||12-398||Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, Inc.||T|
|6/10/2013||12-135||Oxford Health Plans LLC v. Sutter||EK|
|6/10/2013||12-62||Peugh v. United States||SS|
|6/10/2013||12-123||Horne v. Department of Agriculture||T|
|6/3/2013||12-694*||Nevada v. Jackson||PC|
|6/3/2013||11-1221||Hillman v. Maretta||SS|
|6/3/2013||12-207||Maryland v. King||K|
|5/28/2013||11-10189*||Trevino v. Thaler||B|
|5/28/2013||12-126*||McQuiggin v. Perkins||G|
|5/20/2013||12-236||Sebelius v. Cloer||SS|
|5/20/2013||12-547*||Metrish v. Lancaster||G|
|5/20/2013||12-43||PPL Corp. v. Commissioner||T|
|5/20/2013||11-1545||Arlington v. FCC||AS|
|5/13/2013||11-796||Bowman v. Monsanto Co.||EK|
|5/13/2013||11-1518||Bullock v. BankChampaign, N. A.||B|
|5/13/2013||12-52||Dan’s City Used Cars, Inc. v. Pelkey||G|
|4/29/2013||11-9953||Boyer v. Louisiana||PC|
|4/29/2013||12-17||McBurney v. Young||A|
|4/23/2013||11-702||Moncrieffe v. Holder||SS|
|4/17/2013||11-1425||Missouri v. McNeely||SS|
|4/17/2013||10-1491||Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Co.||R|
|4/16/2013||11-1285||US Airways, Inc. v. McCutchen||EK|
|4/16/2013||11-1059||Genesis HealthCare Corp. v. Symczyk||T|
|4/1/2013||12-382*||Marshall v. Rodgers||PC|
|3/27/2013||11-10362||Millbrook v. United States||T|
|3/27/2013||11-864*||Comcast Corp. v. Behrend||AS|
|3/26/2013||11-564||Florida v. Jardines||AS|
|3/20/2013||12-98||Wos v. E. M. A.||K|
|3/20/2013||11-338||Decker v. Northwest Environmental Defense Center||K|
|3/19/2013||11-1450||Standard Fire Ins. Co. v. Knowles||B|
|3/19/2013||11-697||Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.||B|
|3/4/2013||11-1351||Levin v. United States||G|
|2/27/2013||11-1085||Amgen Inc. v. Connecticut Retirement Plans and Trust Funds||G|
|2/27/2013||11-1274||Gabelli v. SEC||R|
|2/26/2013||11-1025||Clapper v. Amnesty International USA||A|
|2/26/2013||11-1175||Marx v. General Revenue Corp.||T|
|2/20/2013||11-820||Chaidez v. United States||EK|
|2/20/2013||11-1327||Evans v. Michigan||SS|
|2/20/2013||11-465*||Johnson v. Williams||A|
|2/20/2013||11-9307||Henderson v. United States||B|
|2/20/2013||11-1118*||Gunn v. Minton||R|
|2/19/2013||11-817||Florida v. Harris||EK|
|2/19/2013||11-1160||FTC v. Phoebe Putney Health System, Inc.||SS|
|2/19/2013||11-770||Bailey v. United States||K|
|2/19/2013||11-1347||Chafin v. Chafin||R|
|1/22/2013||11-1231||Sebelius v. Auburn Regional Medical Center||G|
|1/15/2013||11-626||Lozman v. Riviera Beach||B|
|1/9/2013||11-8976||Smith v. United States||AS|
|1/9/2013||11-982||Already, LLC v. Nike, Inc.||R|
|1/8/2013||11-460||Los Angeles County Flood Control Dist. v. Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc.||G|
|1/8/2013||10-930||Ryan v. Valencia Gonzales||T|
|12/10/2012||11-184||Kloeckner v. Solis||EK|
|12/4/2012||11-597||Arkansas Game and Fish Comm’n v. United States||G|
|11/26/2012||11-1377*||Nitro-Lift Technologies, L. L. C. v. Howard||PC|
|11/13/2012||11-192||United States v. Bormes||AS|
|11/5/2012||12-168||Lefemine v. Wideman||PC|
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HBP Legal Brief Procedures
Supreme Court Brief Preparation
- HBP Legal will format your brief to ensure compliance with the court’s rules. (Preparation services require additional time –please contact us to discuss a schedule).
- After formatting, we send a PDF proof to you for your approval/edits prior to printing. Hard copy proofs are also available on request.
- You may submit electronic files of your written briefs, and HBP Legal will adjust the margins, fonts, and spacing to make your document compliant with the court’s guidelines. You may also supply hard copy documents that need to be typeset or scanned and then formatted for compliance.
Printing and Binding Services
- You may submit files to us that are already formatted to the court’s specifications and we will print/bind your brief (standard turn time is 24 hours, however we can accommodate rush/same day schedules if necessary – please contact us to discuss).
- Briefs submitted which are already formatted do not require a proof stage (should you require a proof, please note that it will require additional time and costs). Submit your files (as fully formatted print-ready PDFs) via email to Lisa Farnsworth at firstname.lastname@example.org by 5PM EST for delivery/filing the following business day
- We inventory the paper stocks accepted by the courts and always have paper on hand to start your printing immediately.
- If you choose for us to file your brief, we will hand deliver it to the court and obtain a filing timestamp for your records. Clients prefer this option to filing by mail with a postmark date from out-of-state, as the timestamp at the court is your proof of a brief filed with the court on time.
- We will mail any service copies to parties that need to be served and send any additional copies back to your office with the timestamp from the court.
HBP Legal Tools and Guides
Document Checklist (US Supreme Court Filings)
- Cover Letter. Many petitioners like to include a cover letter to the court with their filing. This should be an original on your letterhead with original signature.*
- Consent Letters (if filing an Amicus)
- Check for $300 Docket made out to the court (Cert Petition only)
- Check for $200 made out to the court (Petition for Rehearing only)
- Certificate of Service (all)
- Word Count Compliance Certificate (all)
Links to Helpful Sites
Facts/Helpful Hints/Common Mistakes
Converting to PDF – Make sure when converting to PDF to use Adobe’s Press Quality conversion setting. This automatically embeds all fonts and keeps the document hi-res and at 100% of its size. Using other settings may reduce overall page size, thus reducing the font size and also allowing font substitution. This will cause your brief to be rejected by the court.
Margins – Set your margins, line spacing, and fonts prior to writing your brief. This will help with easier tracking and pagination of your Table of Contents and other tables, as well as let you see that your page breaks are formatted as desired. Tables are not paginated until after the formatting is in place, as a change in margins or fonts will affect what page the cited headers or text fall on.
When copying text from another document – Make sure to change the font when copying in text from another document (e.g. lower court orders/opinions, quotes, excerpts of reference).
Sample Briefs – Briefs filed with the court are public documents – you may request a sample brief from the court.
Margins for SCOTUS – When working with a page size of 8.5"x11", set your margins to 2.19" for the left and right margins and 1.94" for the top and bottom margins. This will give you the correct text block size (Rule 33.1) and keep the page size at 8.5"x11", making it easier for you to print and review a hard copy on your office printer. Note that the text block includes footnotes but not page numbering. When we print your brief, its final size will be the required page size of 6.125"x9.25".
Fonts for SCOTUS – You must use a Century family font (Century Schoolbook is one of the most common). You must also use 12pt type for the body text and 10pt type for the footnotes (Rule 33.1).
Line Spacing for SCOTUS – Briefs should be single-spaced with at least 2pt leading between lines (this is noting additional spacing required between lines, aside from a default single-space format) (Rule 33.1).
Word Count Compliance (for SCOTUS) – Each brief has its word count limitations – please review Rule 33.1(d). The word limits do not include the questions presented, the list of parties and the corporate disclosure statement, the table of contents, the table of cited authorities, the listing of counsel at the end of the document, or any appendix. Verbatim quotations required under Rule 14.1(f), if set out in the text of a brief rather than in the appendix, are also excluded. However, the word limits include all footnotes.