When a trial or hearing is over, oftentimes one or more parties may wish to contest the judgment or decision. Sometimes even a party is dissatisfied with a ruling (one a motion, for example) before the final judgment or decision and desires to appeal the matter before any trial or hearing on the merits (an “interlocutory” appeal).
Our firm can assist with appeals from the judgments and decisions of courts and administrative agencies (such as the state board of workers’ compensation). Appellate practice involves different skills and strategic considerations than trial practice. With limited exceptions, on appeal, the focus typically shifts from determining/proving facts to the application of the law to those facts established at trial. Effective appellate advocacy typically involves arguing for a particular application or construction of the law to a panel of judges or justices rather than to a jury, individual judge, and/or arbitrator. That distinction requires a vastly different strategic approach to arguments, both written and oral. Deadlines are often rigid and demanding, so let our firm assist you with crafting the most effective appeal, or appellate defense, today.