Appellate practice requires different skills and strategic considerations than trial practice. On appeal, the focus shifts from developing and proving facts to refining and expanding the salient legal issues involved in the case. Effective appellate advocacy demands a formulation and development of the issues that is focused on what is important to the appellate court. Our attorneys have extensive experience at all levels of the federal and state judiciary in developing sound arguments and crafting cogent and powerful briefs.
Our attorneys understand that a successful appeal requires the development of a case-long strategy. With this perspective, we develop trial strategies designed to control the narrative throughout the case and implement this strategy at every stage of the litigation.
Our appellate attorneys offer a comprehensive list of appellate services, including:
- Supporting trial teams as “embedded” appellate counsel and providing strategic insights in anticipation of appeal. In this role, we build a favorable record for appeal and help to preserve the right to challenge trial court errors.
- Assuming ownership of a case throughout the appeal by taking the lead on appellate strategy, brief writing, and delivery of oral arguments.
- Serving as local counsel and advising lead counsel on local practices and customs.
Our attorneys are also recognized as thought leaders. They teach, present, and write regularly on issues of appellate law and serve in leadership positions in various appellate law organizations.