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Appellate Attorneys

Appellate work is “most assuredly not the recycling of trial level points and authorities,” but instead “entails rigorous original work in its own right” and “offers counsel probably their best opportunity to craft work of original, professional, and, on occasion, literary value.” In re: Marriage of Shaban, 88 Cal. App. 4th 398, 408-10 (2001).

When a decision is reached at the trial level, whether civil or criminal, an appeal to a higher court is often sought. This usually means a case is moving from a decision by a single judge or jury to a decision by a panel of judges. Appellate practice requires different legal skills than those of trial practice.

Appellate briefs must be carefully written and legally sound. These briefs will be reviewed by a panel of judges, who also often hear oral arguments before deciding a case.

Whether it is a federal or state appeal, our appellate attorneys have the skills necessary to research complex legal issues, understand appropriate legal precedent, develop a well-crafted legal brief, and present a persuasive oral argument.

Our appellate attorneys also assist trial counsel in developing needed strategies for establishing a trial record that may be used in the appellate process.

Haile Shaw & Pfaffenberger – When Legal Matters.


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