Find Lawyers in West Palm Beach, Florida for Appellate Practice
Robert J. Hauser grew up in Miami, Florida, and now resides in Palm Beach County, Florida. He handles a variety of litigation matters at both the trial and appellate levels for his clients throughout Florida. In addition to appellate matters in virtually any area of substantive law, his trial practice includes business litigation and trust, estate, and probate disputes. Mr. Hauser has been certified as a specialist in appellate practice by The Florida Bar since 2009. After graduating from Duk...
Jane Kreusler-Walsh is Board Certified as a specialist in appellate practice, the highest level of recognition by The Florida Bar of the competency and experience of attorneys in a specific area of law. She has an AV-Preeminent peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest mark for competency and ethics. Florida Super Lawyers lists Ms. Kreusler-Walsh as among the Top 50 Women attorneys in Florida. Ms. Kreusler-Walsh is also listed as one of the top 13 appellate attorneys in Florida ...
Rebecca Mercier Vargas is a Board-Certified, Martindale-Hubbell AV-Preeminent rated appellate lawyer with a focus on civil appeals and trial support. Ms. Vargas has also been selected for inclusion in the Florida Super Lawyers since 2012 and the Rising Stars Edition in 2009 and 2011. Florida Trend Magazine has selected Ms. Vargas for inclusion in the list of the Florida Legal Elite since 2013.Ms. Vargas has appeared multiple times in the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit...
Jeffrey S. Haut has a litigation practice focused on counseling corporate clients, non-profits, and individuals in Southwest Florida through a broad range of trial and appellate litigation matters in both state and federal court. Jeffrey has worked on numerous business and commercial litigation cases involving breaches of contract, shareholder and partnership disputes, real property and condominium disputes, construction liens and defects, tortious interference, breach of fiduciary duty, and ...
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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