Appellate Consulting Services

Prejudgment Services

  • Discovery motions
  • Evidentiary issues and motions in limine
  • Jury instructions and related disputes
  • Disputes over voir dire and closing arguments
  • Dispositive motions and responses
  • Interlocutory (pre-judgment) writs
  • Trial brief preparation to preserve critical issues for appeal

Post Judgment Services

  • Reviewing and editing your appellate briefs, motions and oppositions
  • Identifying and assessing potential merit of issues for your appeal in light of the appropriate standard of review
  • Establishing that “prejudice” resulted from errors during trial, when necessary to ensure the availability of appellate relief
  • Drafting arguments in the manner that is most likely to resonate with an appellate court
  • Avoiding procedural missteps.
  • Effectively utilizing legal research tools to develop your strongest arguments

As an appellate specialist and consultant, I collaborate with civil trial attorneys  whose trial court case results are or may become subjects of appellate review. My consulting services may involve associating with trial counsel or substituting in for trial counsel as appellate counsel.  As a consultant, I provide valuable assistance with all aspects of the appellate process, including:

  • Reviewing and critiquing your drafts of appellate briefs and other filings in the court of appeal
  • Identifying and assessing potential merit of issues for your appeal under the appropriate standard of review
  • Addressing the requirement of showing prejudice from trial errors in order to obtain appellate relief
  • Drafting arguments in the manner that is most likely to resonate with the appellate court
  • Avoiding procedural pitfalls.
  • Effectively utilizing legal research tools to develop your arguments

Trial attorneys' skills do not always align with those required for success on appeal.  Moreover, consulting a certified appellate specialist can save substantial expenditures of time and money that might otherwise result when trial counsel either does all the appellate work alone or hires an appellate lawyer to do so.  Lastly, my experience with and knowledge of the appellate process enable me to help trial attorneys avoid critical pitfalls that could otherwise result in a lost appeal.

 

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Noteworthy Outcomes

Zagami, Inc. v. James A. Crone, Inc.
160 Cal.App.4th 1083 (4th Dist. Court of Appeal 2008)

Adrian v. Adrian
2012 WL 967659 (4th Dist. Court of Appeal 2012)

Proven Legal Consulting Results

Proven Legal Consulting Results

Trial attorneys' skills do not always align with those required for a successful appeal. Consulting a certified appellate specialist can save you the time and money associated with either doing the work yourself or hiring an appellate lawyer to handle the appeal alone. My experience with and knowledge of the appellate process enable me to help trial attorneys avoid critical errors that could otherwise result in a lost appeal.