CHOOSE  WHICH  STEPS  IN  THE  APPEALS 
PROCESS  YOU  WANT  ME  TO  HELP  WITH

My appellate services can be customized to fit your needs, to either leave certain tasks to you or to fulfill those tasks for you, as you decide is best. (You may want to start with a preliminary review to evaluate the likelihood of successfully pursuing an appeal.)

Options include:

• You might decide if you want to identify the goals of the appeal, what you want to be decided, the key arguments, and appeal strategy or you want a fresh set of eyes to review the trial record and develop appeal issues and arguments.
We'll do in-house. We might sub-contract that to an experienced attorney.

• Identifying the errors made in the trial or pre-trial motions and issues on appeal. You may already have decided issues you want to appeal during the case. Or you may want the transcripts and records to be scoured to identify the biggest errors or additional errors.
We'll do in-house. We might sub-contract that to an experienced attorney.

• Careful wording of the Questions Presented or issues on appeal (Assignments of Error, Exceptions, etc.). The exact issues to be decided by the appellate court can have an enormous impact on the proceedings. It is worth wording the issues on appeal very, very carefully in light of past precedents and legal consequences. Far more time and thought needs to go into not only the concept but the precise wording of the precise errors being challenged. Those become the skeleton of the entire appeal, and greatly influence the content and organization of the brief. They have to strike the appellate judges the right way in terms of existing, previous legal precedents. They should be crafted like artwork considering what the appeals court has not yet decided but may be interested in exploring to clarify the law. The issues on appeal should be crafted to emphasize how deciding the issues would benefit the entire state.
We'll do in-house. We might sub-contract that to an experienced attorney.

• Considering with the trial attorney and/or client the ultimate objectives that the client most wants to accomplish and under what circumstances.
We'll do in-house. We might sub-contract that to an experienced attorney.

• If I am involved early enough before the transcript filing deadlines, review of the case to advise on all of the transcripts that need to be filed to be available in support of the appeal.
We'll do in-house. We might sub-contract that to an experienced attorney.

• If I am involved early enough, review of the case to advise on any post-trial motions that might help in support of the appeal.
We'll do in-house. We might sub-contract that to an experienced attorney.

• Legal research to determine, based on prior court decisions, the legal strength of each issue you would like to appeal.
We'll do in-house. We might sub-contract that to an experienced attorney.

• Legal research to present statutes, precedents, rules, treatises, etc., in support of the arguments your client needs to make.
We'll do in-house. We might sub-contract that to an experienced attorney.

• Careful review of the appellate court's local rules and procedures and formatting requirements.
We'll do in-house. We might sub-contract that to an experienced attorney.

• Meticulous analysis of the court transcripts and record to provide the mandatory citations to prove that errors on appeal were preserved in the trial court and to document any factual assertion from the record. These citations are mandatory and their absence can result in sanctions.
We'll do in-house. We might sub-contract that to an experienced attorney.

• Writing the procedural history and facts aimed and presented for maximum persuasion of the result desired on appeal. (These must be tailored to the issues being decided or questions presented).
We'll do in-house. We might sub-contract that to an experienced attorney.

• Writing a persuasive legal argument in support of each of the errors identified for review on appeal.
We'll do in-house. We might sub-contract that to an experienced attorney.

• Rewriting/editing/streamlining the brief to fit within page and/or word count limits.
We'll do in-house. We might sub-contract that to an experienced attorney.

• Identifying the standard of review for each assertion of error on appeal (required in most courts).
We'll do in-house. We might sub-contract that to an experienced attorney.

• Generating a Table of Authorities and Table of Contents.
We'll do in-house. We might sub-contract that to an experienced attorney.

• Printing the brief and Appendix and binding into booklets as required by the particular court's rules. I will handle much of the printing and binding tasks in-house to ensure that meeting deadlines is not held hostage by the workload of third party vendors.
We'll do in-house. We might sub-contract that to an experienced attorney.

• Checking filing requirements to ensure that the brief and Appendix is properly formatted, structured, and presented, and filed.
We'll do in-house. We might sub-contract that to an experienced attorney.

• Filing associated notices and pleadings such as corporate financial disclosures or information sheets.
We'll do in-house. We might sub-contract that to an experienced attorney.

• Handling objections or requests from the court to fix any problems.
We'll do in-house. We might sub-contract that to an experienced attorney.

• Handling any motions or replies to motions in the appeals court, including perhaps requests for extensions, etc.
We'll do in-house. We might sub-contract that to an experienced attorney.

• Writing a reply brief if warranted. (Warning: Filing a reply brief can waive the right to oral argument in some jurisdictions.)
We'll do in-house. We might sub-contract that to an experienced attorney.

Or before diving in you may want only a preliminary review to give a formal, legal assessment of the chances for success on appeal and the work involved. This will require only a $1,500 advance deposit, and most of that work will be re-useable if you decide to proceed with a full appeal.

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