I understand that many trial lawyers enjoy being in a courtroom, but do not enjoy the idea of handling the appeal when the judge gets things wrong. They do not look forward to the possibility of writing a brief or the headaches of preparing a record on appeal or submitting all the forms and documents necessary to comply with the complex rules of our appellate courts.
I am one of those unusual attorneys that has years of experience on my feet in a courtroom and who also enjoys appellate court practice. I began doing appeals shortly after I was admitted to the bar. I filed my first appeal in 2000 and I have been handling them ever since.
Why would you want me to represent your clients on appeal from a Family Court case or criminal matter? There are a couple reasons:
- You keep the client. My job is to represent them on the appeal. I will file the appeal, write the briefs, do the research, file all the necessary documents, argue it, if necessary, in the appellate courts, but my job is limited to the appeal. When the appeal is done and things need to be handled in the trial court, I will return your client to you so that you can continue to work for them, bill them and earn a living as a trial lawyer from your client.
- I understand how the courtroom works and the types possible appellate issues can come up during trial. I’ve been a trial lawyer since I first got licensed in 1998. Since then, I have continuously been in and around courtrooms of all type from municipal court to Federal Court. I have an AV rating and I have taught CLE’s on issues at both the trial level and the appellate level. I understand the laws, the rules and how the courtroom works. I understand the laws that are applied and the standards by which judges make the decisions.
- I have been trying cases for almost 20 years and I have handled appeals for over 15 years. I have experience in doing the research, writing the briefs, compiling the records on appeal and presenting an argument to the appellate court. You won’t be handing your clients off to someone who doesn’t know what they’re doing.
You get to keep the client while ensuring that they get taken care of by a lawyer who has real-world experience in handling appeals. You’re not handing your clients off to someone who is learning at their expense and, potentially your expense, and you’re not handing them off to someone who hasn’t been in your shoes.
I would like the opportunity to represent your clients if they need to appeal a decision from Family Court or in a criminal case. If this is something I can help you and your clients with, please call me at (864) 707-2600.
If you have any questions or need any more information, please feel free to give me a call or send me an email and I’ll be happy to answer any questions you have, or provide you with any additional information that you may need.