If you’re considering filing an appeal in either a civil or criminal case, you need to consult with an attorney immediately. There are strict deadlines surrounding the timely filings of appeals that you must comply with. An appeal from a trial court order, contrary to most people’s belief, is not, in essence, a do-over trial. Instead, the party seeking the appeal – the appellant – is asking the higher court to review the decisions of the trial court, based on the record of the proceedings.
Generally, this is a collection of the legal pleadings and exhibits filed with the trial court, and the transcripts of the hearings conducted there. The appellate court’s job is to determine whether the trial court’s judgment was sound within the relevant controlling laws and precedential legal decisions.
In law school, I was a member of the intramural champion moot court team, the competition for which involved written briefs and oral arguments being scored by local judges and attorneys. Additionally, as a law student, I assisted a local practicing in the drafting of appellant’s briefs to the Court of Criminal Appeals and an Amicus Brief to the Tennessee Supreme Court. Since becoming an attorney, I am regularly approached by coworkers and colleagues for assistance in researching and drafting legal arguments, and am presently representing several clients in appeals pending before this state’s appellate courts. This page will be updated with links to those appellate opinions when they are released.
I believe it is beneficial to both my trial level and appellate clients that I participate in both aspects of the law. At the trial level, because I am aware of the importance of the clarity and content of the record, I can ensure appealable issues are preserved for my clients. On appeal, because I regularly take matters from initial consultation through to trial, I am able to effectively navigate oftentimes voluminous trial material to identify and articulate issues for the appellate courts to review.
An appeal is a serious undertaking. At our first meeting, I will review all the pleadings you are able to provide to me, and will give you my professional legal opinion as to your appealable issues, and your likelihood of success.