Appellate advocacy is a distinct and specialized area of practice that draws upon a unique set of skills that are very different from trial skills. It requires you to look at your case from a new perspective. So, while you have lived with your case for months or even years, entrenched in the facts and the trial theory of the case, an appeal requires you to narrow your focus to legal arguments based solely on the record.
Strong & Hanni’s appellate practice group will give you a fresh pair of eyes and assist with formulating additional legal theories, adapting or distinguishing the law, and identifying weaknesses in your case as well as your opponent’s case. Our appellate attorneys will work hand-in-hand with trial counsel at every phase of the litigation to preserve appellate issues, file appeals, write briefs, and give oral argument. From revising briefs and participating in moot courts for other attorneys, to handling appeals start to finish, we provide support at every level.
Our appellate attorneys appear regularly in state and federal appellate courts, and have experience filing merits briefs, petitions for certiorari, and amicus briefs. The preparation of these briefs requires more than just an understanding of the pertinent legal issues—it also requires excellent research and writing skills. Strong & Hanni’s appellate team includes detail-oriented legal writers, talented oralists, and the experience and insight of former appellate court clerks.
We work hard to keep up with state and federal case decisions and legal scholarship that may affect your appeal. Not only do we spend a great deal of time reading the latest opinions from both state and federal appellate courts and following up-to-the-minute legal writing trends*, we enjoy doing it! Our extensive practice in researching legal issues is invaluable to your appeal.
Working together, we are confident our attorneys can effectively represent your clients and significantly increase the odds of achieving favorable results. We are happy to consult with you at any stage of litigation.
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