Why an Appellate Specialist?
When on appeal, it is important to remember that your case is bigger than just your case. Appeals have the potential to establish rules for an entire area of law, and appellate judges may use your case as a vehicle to establish legal rules for years to come. As appellate judges take a broader perspective on your case, so must your appellate lawyer. Whether seeking to secure affirmance or reversal of a trial court decision or to obtain discretionary appellate review from the Supreme Court, Varnum’s appellate team has the skills and experience to demonstrate how the result we advocate for you is consistent with – and compelled by – the broader fabric of the law.
Insight into the decision-making of appellate judges, understanding the unique appellate rules and jurisdictional doctrines, and the ability to frame and focus on the key issues through skilled written and oral advocacy are hallmarks of a Varnum appellate attorney. Why use an attorney with an appellate focus? To give yourself the best chance on appeal to win.
Any number of attorneys may do appeals, but only a handful have the behind-the-scenes insight of an appellate federal clerk. From the Third Circuit in Pennsylvania to the Sixth Circuit in Michigan and the Eighth Circuit in Missouri, our appellate attorneys worked with judges around the country, assisting them in sifting through briefs and the record, deciding cases and drafting opinions. We have had a front-row seat to hundreds of appeals, learning not only the intricacies of appellate procedure, but also what – from the written brief to oral advocacy persuades judges. This inside knowledge provides a clear advantage when handling an appeal.