Appellate Law

A. Lamar Matthews, Jr.  |  Patricia D. Crauwels  |  Margaret Good  |  Josh R. Dell

Our justice system is founded on the right to a fair trial. In some cases, this means the right to challenge a final court decision or to file an appeal. When a party feels that it wrongfully lost a lawsuit, an appellate attorney will work to change the outcome – whether it’s a new trial, freedom for the client, or something in between.

What Is an Appellate Attorney?

Appellate attorneys focus strictly on appeals cases in an attempt to overturn the case’s original verdict. In addition to seeking justice for their clients, appellate attorneys have the opportunity to shape the justice system by influencing precedents, or how a court interprets certain laws and applies them to individual cases.

How Does Appellate Law Work?

When any lawsuit first makes it to trial – civil or criminal – the trial takes place in a lower court. When an appeal on the final verdict is filed, the trial is reviewed by higher courts, or appellate courts. In rare situations, the case can continue to climb the hierarchy of district and state appellate courts, or even the United States Supreme court.

How Is an Appellate Attorney Different than a Trial Attorney?

The primary difference is that a trial attorney builds a case from scratch. This includes the discovery process, during which attorneys work to gather evidence from both sides to prepare for the trial itself – a complex and strict process that can take months or even years.

Alternatively, an appellate attorney “takes over” a case that has already lost, in an attempt to change the decision in a higher court. The case is presented to a panel of judges and their legal staff, as opposed to a single judge like in a trial. So while the process is shorter, it requires significantly more strategy and expertise.

What Does an Appellate Attorney Do?

An appellate attorney will:

  • Review and analyze trial transcripts and other documents
  • Research and analyze applicable case law
  • Advise whether an appeal should be pursued and how
  • Select the right arguments and issues to raise
  • Create persuasive oral arguments and written briefs for the court
  • Collaborate and strategize with trial counsel before, during, and after trial

How Can an Appellate Attorney Help Me

The right appellate attorney has extensive legal knowledge, experience in navigating appellate rules, and exceptional persuasive speaking and writing skills. If you were wronged by the legal process, an appellate attorney will work to appeal the decision and earn you the verdict that you deserve.

An Appeals Process You Can Count On

The lawyers of Matthews Eastmoore law firm practice appellate law in all Florida courts, including the Florida Supreme Court, the Florida Second District Court of Appeal and the other Florida Courts of Appeal.

Our appellate attorneys are also licensed to practice appellate law in the United States Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit.

Call us today at 941-366-8888 to discuss your case outcome and how we can help to find justice for you.

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