Trial court judges are not infallible—that is why litigants are afforded at least one appeal as a matter of right. Whether to exercise that right is a judgment our clients can make only after receiving an informed opinion.
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The attorneys in our Appellate Practice Group provide appropriate guidance with a thorough knowledge of the appeals process in numerous jurisdictions.
That guidance includes consideration of numerous issues, including:
Whether a discretionary appeal or appeal as of right is available
Whether an appeal is advisable in light of the particular circumstances of an individual case
The client’s unique goals and challenges
Trends in the specific appellate court to which the appeal would be made
The likelihood of success
The relative costs and benefits of bringing an appeal
The applicable standards of review the appeals court applies to the lower court ruling
Once a client decides to appeal, we employ our skillful advocacy, including clear and convincing brief writing and passionate oral advocacy for our clients’ rights before the appellate panel to work to attain a successful outcome. In the federal and state appeals courts, our appellate lawyers have attained an enviable track record in defending favorable results obtained at the trial level and in reversing decisions where the trial courts have committed legal errors that denied our clients the full benefit of their legal rights.
As staunch representatives of our clients’ interests, we:
File interlocutory appeals and stay applications
Identify and assess the strength of appealable issues
Determine applicable standards of review
File notices of appeal where appeal is a matter of right from final trial court judgments, certain intermediate appellate court decisions, and state agency rulings
Appellate court decisions, and state agency rulings
File actions to confirm or vacate arbitration awards
Petition for certification in state court when appeal to the highest court is based on a question of public importance, a conflict exists among intermediate appellate courts, or for other special reasons
Petition for a writ of certiorari where appeal is from federal circuit courts of appeals to the United States Supreme Court
Prepare appendices of the record below in support of the appeal
Draft appellate briefs and motions
Prepare for oral argument and argue the merits before appellate tribunals