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The Firm

Appellate Law Group LLC represents sophisticated clients in complex civil appeals in the state and federal appellate courts in Pennsylvania.

Founder Virginia McMichael believes that clients are best represented by lawyers who understand appellate rules and know how to make compelling, cogent, and concise legal arguments that win on appeal.


Since its founding in 2013, Appellate Law Group has consistently outperformed the benchmarks for reversals in the Pennsylvania Superior Court.

The ALG logo of a quill pen is a metaphor for our custom approach to appeals. Lawyers writing with quill pens had to write sparingly, paying careful attention to every word.

Today, of course, we use cutting-edge computer technology to research and write appellate briefs. Still, our attention to detail remains the same, echoing the days when writing with a quill demanded singular focus.


At Appellate Law Group, our experience includes drafting notices of appeal, statements of errors, motions to dismiss or quash, appellate briefs, and amicus briefs. We also draft and file petitions for review, allowance of appeal, mandamus, and certiorari.

Trial lawyers in complex cases call on us to help them identify and preserve issues for appellate review and draft dispositive motions, including preliminary objections and motions to dismiss. After trial, we assist with post-trial motions, motions for nonsuit, and motions for reconsideration.


Since 2018, Appellate Law Group has been certified as a Women’s Business Enterprise by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), the nation’s largest third-party certifier of businesses owned and operated by women. The WBENC certification helps ALG’s corporate and public clients meet their diversity goals.

While our firm is rooted in Pennsylvania, our clients come from different countries, backgrounds, and cultures. We work closely with every client to assure they receive the vigorous representation they deserve in the Pennsylvania appeal process.

The firm actively supports The Appellate Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering law students of color to help them become successful appellate lawyers and judges.

The firm has an active pro bono program representing indigent parties in civil appeals where we believe there has been a miscarriage of justice. 

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