What Appellate Lawyers Wish Trial Lawyers Knew About Appeals

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As an appellate lawyer, my first contact with a case is often after the notice of appeal is filed. The appeal then becomes like a game of poker. I am stuck with the cards that were dealt – the trial court record – and all I can do is play those cards to the best of my ability.

A savvy trial lawyer will improve the odds of dealing appellate counsel a winning hand by bringing counsel into the case early. Appellate counsel will then be able to assist trial counsel in framing and preserving the issues at the earliest possible opportunity.

Whether working with an appellate lawyer or going it alone, there are several things a trial lawyer should keep in mind to help secure a win on appeal.

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