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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.

Date Docket Name J.
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 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)
*not required

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.