Appeals are a niche practice area that can become a minefield for the unknowing or inexperienced practitioner. If you have received an adverse judgment or must defend a judgment that is being appealed, you need to retain seasoned appellate professionals with the skill and knowledge to provide effective representation.
Appellate courts are courts that review the decisions of lower tribunals. The appellate process is quite different from the usual trial practice that most clients experience. While it is the norm for all parties to have ample discovery and then use what is discovered in presenting their trial court case, appeals are strictly limited to a narrow record of materials that were presented to the trial court. Similarly, in trial court practice a party may be allowed to repeatedly amend a complaint or answer, file an array of motions in an attempt to gain advantage during the course of the case, and then present the case at trial. Appeals, in contrast, are largely limited to the legal briefs and oral argument.