The stakes in appeals are high. The outcome often dictates whether litigation will end or whether there will be a whole new trial. Effectively handling an appeal requires a sound strategy, strong legal writing and persuasive oral argument.
Legal briefs are the first impression, last impression and sometimes only impression your legal team will make on the judges who will decide the appeal. Your legal team’s brief must be persuasive, accurate, clear, concise and forceful.
Appellate court appearances are like short and intense debates. Argument involves less lofty oratory and more point and counterpoint, in which attorneys are expected to respond immediately to very difficult inquiries from a panel of judges. Attorneys have very little time to make a presentation, and there are no breaks. There is no opportunity to reassess, reorganize, or regroup. Attorneys must prepare for the expected and ably handle the unexpected, usually without referring to notes.
A litigant should engage a legal team that can devise a winning strategy, understand the complexities of the case, compose excellent legal briefs, and deliver strong oral argument.