Often times, your case does not end after your trial has concluded.
In fact, the stakes typically increase after your case concludes because
one party is either attempting to protect the judgment they received or
persuade an appellate court that the trial court erred in reaching the
judgment it reached. After spending substantial time and resources at
trial, retaining an experienced appellate attorney is critical.
Why the Digesti Law Firm for Your Appeal?
Our attorneys have extensive experience in appellate practice and
procedure. Larry has briefed and argued both criminal and civil appeals
before the Nevada Supreme Court. Matthew is a former law clerk to Nevada
Supreme Court Chief Justice James W. Hardesty. Having both argued
before, and worked as a law clerk in, an appellate court, the attorneys
at our firm have a unique understanding of the appellate process and
what it takes to succeed on appeal. We utilize our respective
experiences in each appellate matter we undertake to provide the client
with excellent representation on appeal.
Appellate Briefing and Oral Argument
Briefing is the first of two key components to any appeal. An
effective appellate attorney is skilled at reviewing the trial record in
detail, isolating key issues, conducting legal research to support or
discredit key issues, and drafting the appellate brief to convey the
client's position to the court. The appellate brief is the single most
important document in the appeal. An effective brief can win your
appeal. An ineffective brief can compromise your success at trial.
The second key component to any appeal is oral argument. While oral
argument is ordered on rare occasions, when it is, counsel must be
prepared to present a succinct and persuasive argument. Our firm
prepares for oral argument in the early stages of the appellate process
because we believe that briefing and argument are interrelated and must
be developed simultaneously. We prepare for each appeal just as we do
for trial - through a combination of experience, hard work, and taking
nothing for granted.
Our attorneys know the appellate process. With this knowledge comes
the ability to streamline appellate representation and reduce costs.
Clients and appellate courts expect a focused presentation, which is
exactly what we deliver. At our firm, we do not use the "throw the
kitchen sink" strategy. We understand that part of our responsibility is
to exercise sound judgment when developing appellate issues and
focusing on those that we believe are likely to persuade the court in
our clients' favor. This approach allows us to provide excellent
appellate representation in a cost-effective manner while preserving the
credibility of our client before the court.
Our attorneys also offer their appellate services for organizations
seeking to file amicus briefs with an appellate court. Amicus Curiae is a
Latin phrase that translates as "friend of the court." Typically, an
appeal involves the examination of the record from the lower court as it
pertains to the parties involved. Where a case may have broader
implications, amicus curiae briefs are a way to introduce concerns of
non-parties that the court's decision may impact. Amicus briefs can be a
powerful tool for interested organizations if used properly. Our
appellate experience allows us to counsel and file amicus briefs for
organizations who feel their rights may be affected by decisions in