Appellate Assistance

Any attorney who has ever handled an appeal knows it is a lot of work.  Maybe you routinely handle appeals, or maybe you would like to start.  Either way, I can help you.

Sometimes in appeals it is relevant to research collateral issues such as how other jurisdictions have ruled or if any other jurisdictions’ legislature has spoken. Even secondary sources can be helpful depending on the court to which you are appealing.

The first step in an appeal is identifying the issues from the trial transcript.  If you were the trial attorney you are already familiar with the case.  If not, it may take you hours to read through the transcript to get up to speed and identify the issues.

Once you have identified the issues, hours of research awaits you to argue each one.  A few constitutional issues may be raised for the first time on appeal. That list often expands or deflates.

It is hard to believe, but sometimes lawyers make mistakes. As a judicial clerk, I read appellate briefs containing misstatements of the law and even propositions based on case law that had been overruled.  (Of course, this will not happen to you because you will purchase the Law Review).  Appeals are usually done on a tight turn around basis and you may not have time to really read your opponent’s brief.

When you hire me for Appellate Assistance, I can read and summarize trial transcripts, research collateral issues, identify issue, write an appellate brief and review your oppenent’s brief.