Appellate Practice

Litigation rarely concludes with a trial. If the parties have invested the time, energy, and money to fund a contested divorce trial to conclusion, it is a near certainty that one side, or both, will seek a review of the trial court decision in the Court of Appeals. Indeed, each side has the right to appeal the decision of the trial court. The appellate process can take more than a year to complete following the conclusion of the divorce trial.

For this reason, it is important to consider the appellate skills of counsel when selecting attorneys for litigation. No additional evidence is taken in the appellate process, but the positions of the client must be artfully framed and drafted in briefs so as to be persuasive with the appellate court. Precision as to language, and sophistication as to nuance in language, are required for success in the appellate arena.

The attorneys at Skirbunt Cahn Skirbunt Ramsey have a depth of experience in legal writing. The firm does the legal writing on appeal in matters in which the lawyers of the firm acted as trial counsel on behalf of our clients, as well as handling the appeals of matters tried by other lawyers. In addition, our lawyers have the advocacy skills required to bring these written words to life in oral argument.

Preserving a favorable outcome at trial, reversing errors made by the trial court, or defending against your adversary’s appeal, require unique Appellate Practice skills. These skills include the ability to analyze issues correctly, to writeclearly and persuasively, and to coherently and persuasively argue before the panel of Appellate judges who will decide your case. If you need representation in the Court of Appeals: Call us. We can help.