Your Appeals Attorney
What I Do For You / What To Expect
Every case is unique. But typically, when you contact me, the first thing we’ll do is have a conversation about your case, on the phone or in person. I never charge for this first conversation. We’ll talk about the facts of your case, what happened so far in court, whether you or the opposing party might be able to appeal the case, and whether I can represent you as your attorney.
Next, if we decide to enter into an attorney-client relationship, I’ll undertake a thorough review of the evidence, arguments, and orders that have been entered in the case. These materials make up the “record” that a court of appeals may consider. (Courts of appeal do not hear witnesses or accept new evidence.) I’ll be looking for “reversible error”: certain mistakes made by the lower court that may convince a court of appeals to change the decision.
If you are the “appellant”—the side that lost in the lower court—and if I determine that there is a sufficient likelihood that a court of appeals will find reversible error, I’ll draft and file a brief, explaining how the lower court erred and why that error should lead to reversal. If you are the “appellee”—the side that won in the lower court—I’ll review the appellant’s brief, and draft and file a response to it, explaining that the lower court did not err, or that the error does not fit into any category of reversible error. If the court of appeals decides to hold oral argument, I’ll represent you there as well.
Everyone deserves access to legal representation, regardless of ability to pay. I’ll work with you to try to find a fee arrangement that works for you.
Contact Me About Any of These Types of Cases:
- Civil appeals
- Criminal appeals
- Appeals in the Georgia state courts
- Appeals in federal court
- Appeals of decisions by administrative agencies, like the Social Security Administration or the Executive Office for Immigration Review
- Motions to vacate or confirm arbitration awards
- Post-trial motions
- Interlocutory appeals
- Amicus curiae briefs
- Habeas corpus petitions
- Any legal matter in which writing and analytic skills are paramount to effective representation
Timing on Appeals Cases is Crucial
If you are appealing a case, or have won a case and the other side is filing an appeal, it’s extremely important that you act quickly. The time to file an appeal or respond to an appeal is typically very limited.