Trials and hearings always result in a verdict, but sometimes fail to actually end there. In certain situations, you may be notified of appeal. For one, it may have been discovered that the trial court made mistakes — this may include the judge incorrectly interpreting information, or ruling incorrectly. Whatever the case, an appellate lawyer is necessary. Here are a few reasons to consider adding one to your team.
Your primary attorney will of course know the ins and outs of your trial, because they were on board from the get-go. While this is a great asset, it also presents a disadvantage because they are set in tactics and beliefs by this point. An appellate lawyer will be able to alter the course of action, developing and focusing on a theory based solely on the appeal, offering a fresh and objective perspective to the entire issue.
Appellate lawyers specialize in appeal courts, and therefore they know what the judges care about. Appellate court judges read briefs and bench memos. Each party has the opportunity to present one to two briefs, as well as an argument period to make their impression. Frankly, that’s it. It’s crucial to understand how large of an impact has to be made here. Appellate attorneys have exceptional skills in taking full advantage of the small amount of time that’s been allocated.
Building The Case
Adding a weak argument to your case only dilutes your strong points. Crafting briefs in preparation for a lengthy oral argument is a skill unique to an appellate lawyer’s practice, and does not fully cross over into the skills of a trial lawyer. Hiring someone who possesses a specific and intricate skillset for a situation such as this provides a huge asset to your hopeful victory.
Founded in 2000, Gaines, Novick, Ponzini, Cossu & Venditti, LLP brings together a group of highly qualified attorneys focused on serving the legal needs of individuals, businesses and municipalities throughout New York, Connecticut and the surrounding areas. For appellate cases, we have a number of attorneys that specialize in the specific fields you may be looking for. To learn more about our firm, please click here to see a summary of our practice areas, or contact us at 914-288-9595 or by filling out this online form today.