Best Lawyers for Appellate Practice in Florida, United States

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  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions
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  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
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    Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar Appellate Practice Criminal Defense: General Practice
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  • Location:
    Tampa, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Insurance Law Appellate Practice Bet-the-Company Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
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  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Appellate Practice
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John G. Crabtree was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

John G. Crabtree

Crabtree & Auslander
  • Location:
    Key Biscayne, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Bet-the-Company Litigation Commercial Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
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  • Location:
    Tallahassee, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Securities / Capital Markets Law Litigation - Antitrust Litigation - Banking and Finance Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants Appellate Practice Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Construction Commercial Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    Tallahassee, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Tallahassee, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Health Care Law
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  • Location:
    West Palm Beach, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Orlando, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Antitrust Antitrust Law Appellate Practice Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Tampa, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Antitrust Appellate Practice Bet-the-Company Litigation
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Beverly A. Pohl was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Beverly A. Pohl

Broad and Cassel
  • Location:
    Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Tallahassee, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)
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  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Appellate Practice
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Gary L. Sasso was awarded 2018 "Lawyer of the Year" in Elasticsearch.PracticeArea

Gary L. Sasso

Carlton Fields
  • Location:
    Tampa, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Appellate Practice Bet-the-Company Litigation Commercial Litigation Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants Legal Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs
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  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Criminal Defense: White-Collar Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Jacksonville, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Civil Rights Law Employment Law - Individuals Appellate Practice First Amendment Law Criminal Defense: White-Collar Criminal Defense: General Practice
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  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Bet-the-Company Litigation Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Jacksonville, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: General Practice Appellate Practice Criminal Defense: White-Collar
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  • Location:
    St. Petersburg, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Jacksonville, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Jacksonville, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Criminal Defense: General Practice

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Appellate Practice Definition

Appellate practice involves different skills and strategic considerations than trial practice. On appeal, the focus shifts from developing and proving facts (through discovery, examining witnesses, and trial) to the legal issues that decide the case. Effective appellate advocacy thus demands a formulation of the issues that is focused on what is important to a panel of appellate judges deciding the case.

In formulating the issues on appeal, an appellate lawyer conducts thorough legal research; analyzes the legal issues in light of the rule-making and policy considerations that shape the development of law; and then presents the facts and those issues and arguments selected for appeal concisely in a persuasive appellate brief.

The importance of a well-crafted appellate brief cannot be exaggerated. Appellate briefs receive greater judicial scrutiny than written materials prepared at trial because they are reviewed by a panel of judges, rather than a single judge, along with those judges’ larger legal staff, under comparatively less time pressure than exists in the trial court. As one appellate court has explained, appellate work is “most assuredly not the recycling of trial level points and authorities” but instead “entails rigorous original work in its own right” and “offers counsel probably their best opportunity to craft work of original, professional, and, on occasion, literary value.” In re Marriage of Shaban, 88 Cal. App. 4th 398, 408-10 (2001). 

After the appellate briefing, oral argument is an opportunity to engage in a dialogue with the appellate judges regarding the issues in the case. To be effective, appellate oral advocacy must be keyed to the unique concerns of the appellate forum – avoiding emotional or fact-based pleas that may play well before a jury, but instead focusing on the dispositive legal issues, being sure to answer the judges’ questions. 

In addition to the practice in the appellate courts, appellate lawyers play important roles in the trial courts. Appellate lawyers collaborate with trial counsel on strategic and tactical matters to raise all applicable arguments and make the appropriate trial record, identifying and preserving legal issues as they arise and crafting effective motions on substantive legal issues – before, during, and after trial. 

Therefore, involving an appellate lawyer in a case as early as possible is important to ensure the best chance of success both at trial and on appeal.

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Appellate practice involves different skills and strategic considerations than trial practice. On appeal, the focus shifts from developing and proving facts (through discovery, examining witnesses, and trial) to the legal issues that decide the case. Effective appellate advocacy thus demands a formulation of the issues that is focused on what is important to a panel of appellate judges deciding the case.

In formulating the issues on appeal, an appellate lawyer conducts thorough legal research; analyzes the legal issues in light of the rule-making and policy considerations that shape the development of law; and then presents the facts and those issues and arguments selected for appeal concisely in a persuasive appellate brief.

The importance of a well-crafted appellate brief cannot be exaggerated. Appellate briefs receive greater judicial scrutiny than written materials prepared at trial because they are reviewed by a panel of judges, rather than a single judge, along with those judges’ larger legal staff, under comparatively less time pressure than exists in the trial court. As one appellate court has explained, appellate work is “most assuredly not the recycling of trial level points and authorities” but instead “entails rigorous original work in its own right” and “offers counsel probably their best opportunity to craft work of original, professional, and, on occasion, literary value.” In re Marriage of Shaban, 88 Cal. App. 4th 398, 408-10 (2001). 

After the appellate briefing, oral argument is an opportunity to engage in a dialogue with the appellate judges regarding the issues in the case. To be effective, appellate oral advocacy must be keyed to the unique concerns of the appellate forum – avoiding emotional or fact-based pleas that may play well before a jury, but instead focusing on the dispositive legal issues, being sure to answer the judges’ questions. 

In addition to the practice in the appellate courts, appellate lawyers play important roles in the trial courts. Appellate lawyers collaborate with trial counsel on strategic and tactical matters to raise all applicable arguments and make the appropriate trial record, identifying and preserving legal issues as they arise and crafting effective motions on substantive legal issues – before, during, and after trial. 

Therefore, involving an appellate lawyer in a case as early as possible is important to ensure the best chance of success both at trial and on appeal.