Civil Appeals

Civil Appeals

Experienced counsel with a track record of success on appeal in federal and state court.

A final judgment by a trial court – either at the pleading stage, on summary judgment, or after trial – is not the end of the road in a civil lawsuit.  Verdicts and judgments can be challenged – and overturned or reversed – on appeal.  

LITIGATING ERRORS ON APPEAL

The appellate process is an essential part of the American legal system because there are many opportunities for error during trial court proceedings – whether at the pleading stage, during discovery, on summary judgment, or at trial – and the appellate court is the place to litigate these errors.  Our litigation expertise and extensive trial experience give us unique insight into the errors that can result in reversal of a judgment on appeal.   

THE APPEALS PROCESS

The appeals process generally begins with the filing of a notice of appeal immediately after judgment.  The appellant – that is, the party seeking the appeal – must act quickly to preserve his or her appellate rights.  Failure to file a notice of appeal in a timely manner may prevent the appellant from moving forward with the appeal.  Notably, an appeal is not a second trial, and the introduction of new evidence on appeal is not allowed.  Rather, appeals usually turn on the existence of legal errors.

A TRACK RECORD OF SUCCESS ON APPEAL

Success on appeal requires excellent analytical skills, strategic thinking, powerful written briefs, and forceful oral advocacy.  Our record on appeal is outstanding.  We have briefed, argued and won numerous appeals, in both federal and state court.  Whether defending a favorable decision or working to overturn a loss, we know how to present arguments that move judges.  If you’re facing the prospect of an appeal, please contact us for a confidential and complimentary consultation.  




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