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Appellate lawyers are a special breed. Some call us “law lawyers.” We serve as appellate and trial counsel to clients involved in complicated, high-stakes appeals by developing effective strategies, researching and writing appellate briefs, advocating through oral and written arguments, and representing our clients in appellate and trial courts.

Effective Counsel in Complicated, High-Stakes Appeals

Collectively, our appellate attorneys have experience in each of the federal courts of appeals and in the highest state courts of numerous states. We have also obtained discretionary review and victory on the merits for clients in the Supreme Court of the United States. 

Covering the Full Spectrum of Appellate Matters

Our attorneys are experienced at handling appellate cases involving a wide range of issues, such as:

Preserving the Record and Preparing for Appeal

During the trial stage, our appellate attorneys work with trial counsel and you to properly preserve the record for appellate review, advise on the practicality of pursuing an appeal, and assist with dispositive trial court briefs and jury instructions. With our depth of experience in the appellate process, we can calculate appellate odds and advise you when an appeal is worthwhile or when you should consider settlement.

During the appellate stage, our attorneys research and write persuasive and effective appellate briefs, as well as petitions seeking discretionary review from the U.S. Supreme Court and other appellate courts. Our appellate attorneys have obtained mandamus and other emergency relief from appellate courts and effectively opposed mandamus petitions and requests for emergency relief brought by opposing parties.

An Industry-specific View

We leverage our experience and connections to stay current on the numerous appellate venues and coordinate with ongoing legislative and lobbying efforts critical to your industry, whatever it may be. For example, if you are an insurer or reinsurer, you will find our efforts to advocate your industry interests to be especially effective. With a high volume of litigation in your industry, you know how important it is to maintain effective and consistent positions in various venues and jurisdictions. By understanding this ever-changing industry, we help you manage your message to effectively and consistently advocate in the appellate system.

Known for our Appellate Experience

While our attorneys are active in the appellate courts of many states, our depth and breadth of experience in the state and federal courts of Pennsylvania, Florida and California are particularly notable. Our attorneys are recognized by judges and opposing counsel as leaders in appellate law. Two of our attorneys have achieved the rigorous and prestigious recognition of Board Certification in Appellate Practice by the Florida Bar. Another attorney was appointed by the President of the Florida Bar to serve on its prestigious Appellate Court Rules Committee, where she helps formulate new rules of appellate procedure and changes to existing appellate rules. Because our status as appellate attorneys, we often handle appeals of cases tried by other firms, as well as those tried by our own attorneys.

Highly active in the appellate community, our attorneys hold office, board of director and council positions in various appellate organizations, such as: 

  • The Pennsylvania Bar Association Appellate Judiciary Selection Committee.
  • The Appellate Practice Section of the Florida Bar.
  • The Florida Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Committee.
  • The Third District Court of Appeal Historical Society.
  • The Rosemary Barkett Appellate American Inn of Court.

In addition, our appellate attorneys are frequent speakers and authors on appellate topics.