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Appellate

Overview

Our attorneys understand that a well researched, clear legal argument is a key to winning the best outcome for our clients at trial and on appeal. We take pride in knowing what to ask, which arguments to pursue, and which facts are crucial. With this knowledge and decades of experience, we earn the respect of judges, juries, and often opposing counsel, and present powerful arguments on behalf of our clients.

Several of our appellate attorneys hold the highest ratings from Martindale-Hubbell, and have been recognized by Best Lawyers in America® and Florida Super Lawyers in appellate law. Suzanne Labrit holds the Florida Bar’s board certification as an appellate specialist, a certification held by fewer than 200 lawyers in Florida. Several of our appellate team members have served as law clerks to state and federal appellate judges; others have served as staff attorneys on various appellate courts, providing our team with a comprehensive understanding of the appeals process and a ‘behind the curtain perspective.’

Experience

Our experienced attorneys are skilled in all aspects of appellate advocacy and procedure. They provide appellate support during trial and pretrial activities, assisting in the development of legal theories and proper record establishment, as well as preserving and identifying error.

Some of our attorneys have significant experience in administrative appeals, which are highly specialized in nature and involve high profile issues before Florida state agencies as well as appeals from administrative agency rulings at the local, state, and federal levels. Many of our attorneys have also served as counsel of record in cases presented to and argued before the U.S. Supreme Court.

In state and federal courts, we represent appellants, appellees and other interested parties in:

  • Appeals of final orders;
  • Interlocutory appeals;
  • Original proceedings, including preparing writs of certiorari, mandamus, prohibition, etc.;
  • Motions for post-decision review (rehearing and rehearing en banc);
  • Proceedings to invoke or oppose discretionary jurisdiction; and,
  • Preparation and presentation of amicus curiae (friend of the court) briefs.

Our Commitment

We understand the importance of persuasive writing, detailed research, and careful analysis. We know how to examine a case and identify and research the issues supporting reversal or affirmance. We use our well-honed skills and experience to write clear, concise, and persuasive legal briefs, and to present compelling oral arguments for our clients.